Latest Expedition Reports

Northern Dalesman Paoli 2019

Unit: Yorkshire officers Training Regiment
Location: Cap Corse, Corsica, France
Date: April 2019
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Ex Northern Dalesman Paoli was a rock-climbing expedition taking place in Corsica, France in April 2019. The expedition took place over 11 days and was attended by 13 personnel. The first obstacle was to physically get to Corsica, and so 9 Officer Cadets and 1 member of staff set off at...

Finn Swift Singletrack 2019

Unit: 204 (North Irish) Field Hospital
Location: Sierra Nevada Mountains, Spain
Date: May 2019
Activities: Mountain Biking
Following an incredible mountain biking expedition in 2018, run by 204 (NI) Fd Hosp to the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain, the opportunity arose once more in 2019. 2 RIFLES were planning their own expedition and had some places available for 204 personnel. Knowing what we knew from our previous experience, on...

SUOTC Norway Challenge 2019

Unit: Southampton UOTC
Location: Norway, Tromso region
Date: April 2019
Activities: Skiing
  In April 2019, a group of officer cadets (OCdts) from Southampton University Officer Training Corps (SUOTC) took part in a skiing exercise in the Norwegian Arctic. The aim of the exercise was to qualify OCdts in Ski Foundation level 3 (SF3), which assesses the competency of skiers’ downhill skiing, avalanche...

Easter Challenge 2019

Unit: Southampton UOTC
Location: Sierra Nevada, Spain
Date: April 2019
Activities: Trekking, Exploring.
Day 1 – Flight and Arrival We arrived at the very early hours of 04:30 in the morning at London Luton airport and proceeded to check in and get some breakfast. We boarded onto the plane and was all sat as a team together. The flight was quick and relaxing, mainly...

Blue Plunge 2019

Unit: Cambridge University Air Squadron
Location: Belize
Date: April 2019
Activities: Diving
  1. INTRODUCTION A total of 12 people participated in a sub-aqua expedition to Cyprus from 30th March to 13th April 2019; 8 Cambridge University Air Squadron (CUAS) students, 3 Diving Instructors and the Officer Commanding CUAS. The expedition was named Exercise BLUE PLUNGE. The exercise was planned, organised and run by...

Snow Camp Venturer Excel 2019

Unit: Training Ship Stirling
Location: UK and Italy
Date: April 2019
Activities: Skiing
Snow Camp Venturer Excel is a collaborative expedition between Training Ship Stirling of the Sea Cadet Corps and the charity SnowCamp.  It uses snowsport as a vehicle to promote social mobility and personal development of the most disadvantaged young people in society. Excel is the final phase of SnowCamp’s programme and...

Tiger Adriatic Rifles 2018

Unit: 6 RIFLES
Location: Vis, Croatia
Date: November 2018
Activities: Diving
As a part of the annual adventure training programme, 9 soldiers from 6 RIFLES and 1 outside instructor deployed on Ex TIGER ADRIATIC RIFLES to participate in a Sub-Aqua Diving expedition. This was conducted as an overseas deployment on the island of Vis (Croatia), spanning a 10 day period. The aims...

Duke of Edinburgh 2018

Unit: Redditch & Bromsgrove Sea Cadets and Royal Marines Cadets
Location: Worcestershire
Date: March 2019
Activities: Trekking, Exploring.
Redditch and Bromsgrove Sea Cadets started a new chapter in 2018, working hard to support as many Cadets as possible in gaining a Duke of Edinburgh award. Aware that some Cadets had access to the scheme via their schools, the Cadet unit wanted to ensure it was accessible to all....

Northern Jacobite Venturer 2019

Unit: Giggleswick School CCF
Location: Scotland, Lochaber
Date: April 2019
Activities: Other, Multi.
Our now annual Scottish exploit is in its 12th year and is successfully delivering all five phases of a Cadet’s five year development plan. Our long serving local instructors now have an expectation of great training weather and this year lived up to reputation with rain, wind, snow, sub-zero campsites...

Northern Purple Endeavor 2019

Unit: 51st HIGHLAND, 7th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Location: Norway, Rjukan
Date: March 2019
Activities: Skiing
Exercise Northern Purple Endeavor was a ten-day skiing expedition undertaken in March by members from across 7 SCOTS. It retraced the route Norwegian Saboteurs took during Operation Gunnerside, a daring operation by a small team of Norwegians who sabotaged an important Nazi heavy water plant – which was vital to...

Northern Aconcagua 2019

Unit: APC Glasgow
Location: Argentina
Date: February 2019
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Exercise Northern Aconcagua saw nine Army personnel deploy to Argentina in a bid to climb to summit Aconcagua, the highest peak outside the Himalayas at an altitude of 6,962m. This was a challenging and exciting opportunity for all members to attempt such a testing but non-technical trek. The challenge associated...

Snow Cub 6 2019

Unit: Shropshire ACF
Location: Germany, Baveria
Date: March 2019
Activities: Skiing
Overview The aim of Ex Snow Cub 6 was to create a challenging and arduous expedition on the Mountainous areas covering the Germany and Austrian border, The mandatory lectures on weather and winter mountain hazards were put into practice as the ski runs were made even more challenging due to fresh...

Viking Challenge 2019

Unit: First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (Princess Royal's Volunteer Corps)
Location: Norway (Oslo & Rjukan)
Date: March 2019
Activities: Skiing
Ex VIKING CHALLENGE was a Nordic skiing exercise which took place in the Telemark region of Norway between 15-24 March 2019. The aim of the exercise was threefold: First, to research and understand the historic FANY connection with Op Grouse and Op Gunnerside during World War II. Second, for the 15...

Tiger Venturer Matravers 2019

Unit: Matravers Combined Cadet Force
Location: France, Mercantour National Park
Date: February 2019
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing.
On February 17th Matravers CCF set off for the Alpes Martime in the Mercantour National Park, France. Eager and keen, our transport to London Heathrow was a lot easier than we expected. Our flights were on time and we landed in Nice airport at 20:20, greeted by our provider Mel...

Dragon Venturer Cadet Norice 2019

Unit: Cadet Centre for Adventurous Training
Location: Rjukan, Norway
Date: February 2019
Activities: Climbing
Ice Climbing Foundation Course A 6-day journey of challenge and adventure by a mixed team of four Senior Cadets and four Cadet Adult instructors. Arrived safe and well in Rjukan after a very long day travelling. The emotional journey first starts when the application form has been submitted by the Cadet Unit which...

Northern Langtang Serpent 2019

Unit: HQ 2 Med Bde,203 Fd Hosp, 205 Fd Hosp, 207 Fd Hosp, 208 Fd Hosp, 212 Fd Hosp, 243 Fd Hosp, 256 Fd Hosp, MOSG
Location: Nepal, Langtang Valley
Date: February 2019
Activities: Trekking, Exploring.

A NEPALESE ODYSSEY

As the new year dawned 14 members of 2 Medical Brigade prepared for an expedition to the world renowned Langtang Valley in Nepal. This was the first time 2 Medical Brigade had run an expedition to Nepal and the first time many of the group had been to...

Canford Norwegian Tiger Venturer 18 2019

Unit: Canford School and Bradfield College CCFs
Location: Norway (Hardangervidda)
Date: February 2019
Activities: Skiing
Canford School CCF has been embarking for a number of years on a cross-country skiing expedition to Norway on what is described by all who go, as the toughest and the best trip the School offers. This year saw another twenty-four cadets, a fifth of our year 10s aged 14...