Latest Expedition Reports

Dragon Ecuadorian Odyssey

Unit: 135 Geo Sqn, 299 Para Sqn, 335 Med Evac Regt
Location: Ecuador, Cordillera Occidental Range of the Andes
Date: January 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing,
Julian Assange, quinoa, the equator and volcanoes seemed to top the ‘pub quiz’ answers connected to Ecuador. So when the question: ‘Do you want to go on an expedition to Ecuador?’ was asked the obvious answer to me was ‘Yes’. As a trained geography teacher who’d never quite managed to cross...

Northern Bear (NUOTC) 2017

Unit: Northumbrian Universities Officers’ Training Corps
Location: USA, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California
Date: September 2017
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
It was the end of a demanding training year for Northumbrian Universities Officers’ Training Corps (NUOTC). Officer Cadets, Staff and Instructors had worked incredibly hard for 12 months to ensure that every one of the 23 staff and students from NUOTC were ready for the culmination of their Mountaineering Programme,...

Telemark Cadet 2017

Unit: Oakham School CCF
Location: Telemark, Norway
Date: August 2017
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
On the 16th August 2017 nineteen cadets from Oakham School CCF set out on their journey to Norway to undertake their Gold DofE Expedition. After arrival at Oslo Airport they were collected by the advance party and then set course for the Telemark region of southern Norway, some three hours...

Trojan Glacier

Unit: Trojan Sqn DTUS
Location: Switzerland, Valais Alps
Date: September 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Exercise TROJAN GLACIER was a two-week-long alpine mountaineering exercise to Switzerland, conducted by Officer Cadets from Trojan Squadron of the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme.  It aimed to introduce personnel already competent and qualified in basic level mountaineering and climbing skills to the high Alpine peak, pushing them to learn further...

Bavarian Eagle 2017

Unit: National Reserve Headquarters Royal Artillery (NRHQ RA)
Location: Germany - Bavaria
Date: September 2017
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
As Europe returned to work after the summer holidays, officers from National Reserve Headquarters Royal Artillery (NRHQ RA) headed south on Exercise BAVARIAN EAGLE. We were bound for Haus Magnus in Wertach, which incidentally, is a comfortable, well run Adventurous Training Group (ATG) lodge ideally placed for mountain hiking in...

AT Summer Camp, Isle of Wight 2017

Unit: 218 (Rotherham) Squadron, RAF Air Cadets
Location: United Kingdom, Isle of Wight
Date: August 2017
Activities: Other, Multi
Day one saw an early start to our expedition as we met the coach just outside the centre of Rotherham for our journey down to the Isle of Wight. We had the one stop on the way down to Portsmouth, as cadets just love burgers, and arrived at the port...

Delago Tiger 2017

Unit: Exeter UOTC
Location: Dolomite Mountains, Northern Italy
Date: August 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
As part of its role Exeter UOTC is tasked with organising high quality and demanding Adventurous Training (AT) for the Cadets.  This should deliver foundation qualifications but also give the Cadets exposure to just how demanding AT can be and how it can be used to develop personal qualities and...

Rocky Mountain Dragon Venturer

Unit: Staffordshire & West Midlands (NS) ACF
Location: Canada, Banff National Park
Date: August 2017
Activities: Other, Multi
Staffordshire and West Midlands (NS) Army Cadet Force deployed a 24 strong expedition to Alberta, Canada to conduct Mountain Biking, White Water Kayaking, Mountaineering and Caving. “Opportunity of a lifetime” Cdt Brandon Connon, Old Hill Detachment “The best thing I have every done” L/Cpl Sol Flaherty, Leek Detachment “stunning scenery” Sgt Phoneix Everill,...

Dragon Caledonian EMU

Unit: East Midlands UOTC
Location: Scotland, UK
Date: August 2017
Activities: Canoeing
A kayaking trip in Scotland? To many this would conjure up thoughts of being cold and wet however to the group of 10 Officer Cadets, many only just back from a kayaking expedition in France this was a chance to further develop and hone their skills on what promised to...

Wesslighthouse 2017

Unit: The Royal Wessex Yeomanry
Location: English Channel / Irish Sea
Date: August 2017
Activities: Sailing
The Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 was the largest offshore yacht race in history, featuring some 400 yachts and 3000 crew members from 29 countries, competing over a 1120km course from Cowes to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock off the Southern Irish coast. Thanks largely to the Ulysses Trust’s generous sponsorship...

Northern Ventura Snow Peak 2018

Unit: Glasgow & Lanarkshire Battalion ACF
Location: France
Date: January 2018
Activities: Skiing
As 06.00am approached, the 30 cadets and 9 adults of Glasgow & Lanarkshire Battalion had been up and about for ages excited about what lay ahead. Some had skied before whilst others were complete novices. No matter what, there was not a thing that could have dampened their excitement for...

Operation Drakensberg Elephant 2017

Unit: Most Sqn Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing ATC
Location: KwaZulu Natel South Africa
Date: August 2017
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
Operation Drakensberg Elephant was a 22-day expedition to the Drakensberg Mountains and surrounding area in the country of South Africa. The expedition encompassed 27 air cadets and 6 staff from across Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing with the primary objective of providing an overseas expedition focused on 3 weeks of Adventure...

Towering Heights 2017

Unit: 31 (Tower Hamlets) Air Training Corps
Location: Lake District, UK
Date: August 2017
Activities: Canoeing/Caving/Gliding, Hang Gliding/Mountaineering, Rock Climbing/Trekking, Exploring/Other, Multi
31 (Tower Hamlets) is one of the most diverse RAF Air Cadet squadrons in the country. For many of the cadets, the organisation offers a rare opportunity to leave London, and to experience life outside of a city. A highlight of the year is always going away for the week on...

Thor’s Azure 2017

Unit: DTUS Thunderer Squadron
Location: Mont Blanc - France, Italy, Switzerland
Date: August 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Exercise Thor’s Azure saw seven Officer Cadets from DTUS Thunderer Squadron undertake the Tour de Mont Blanc, a 171km mountaineering round trip in the Alps, starting in France and spanning across Italy and Switzerland before finishing back in France. The exercise began with an early start with the team setting out...

Simba’s Sun

Unit: Cumbria ACF
Location: Cyprus
Date: May 2017
Activities: Canoeing/Mountaineering, Rock Climbing/Trekking, Exploring/Other, Multi
Cumbria ACF is a leading youth training organisation based in the North-West of the England, delivering a programme of challenging military, adventurous and leadership training to young men and women aged from 12 to 17. In May 2017, we took 35 cadets (over 10% of our strength), eight adult volunteers...

Snow Dome Venturer 2017

Unit: TS Stirling SCC
Location: UK, Midlands
Date: September 2017
Activities: Skiing
From September 2017 until January 2018 cadets and adult volunteers from TS Stirling Sea Cadets in Birmingham took part in the charity Snow Camp’s ‘First Tracks’ and ‘Graduate’ programmes.  These are the first two of a three phase progressive snow sport programme run by the charity for disadvantaged young people. First...

Congratulations Ice Maidens – First All-Female Team To Cross Antarctica Using Muscle Power Alone

Unit: HAC, RAMC, 37 Sigs
Location: South Pole, Antarctica
Date: November 2017
Activities: Skiing, Trekking, Exploring,
The Ice Maiden Expedition has become the first all-female team to cross the Antarctica continent from coast-to-coast using muscle power alone. The Ulysses Trust is proud to have been a major sponsor for such a challenging and ambitious expedition. After spending 62 days on the ice, the six soldiers crossed the finish line at...

Dragon Venturer Cadet Rock Yosemite 2017

Unit: Cadet Centre for Adventurous Training
Location: Yosmite National Park, USA
Date: August 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Wow, what a trip! I am sitting in the airport at San Francisco, waiting for the flight home, reflecting on the last two weeks. It is hard to know where to start. I could run through the ‘stats’ (everyone climbing between 50 & 60 pitches or 2500 to 3000m of...