Latest Expedition Reports

Tall Ships Offshore Sailing Exped. 2018

Unit: Selly Oak RN Section (KES CCF)
Location: UK, South Coast
Date: June 2018
Activities: Sailing
On 18th June nine excited CCF Navy Cadets set off from land locked Birmingham and travelled to Portsmouth to join the Challenger 3 yacht as crew on a Tall Ships Expedition. After a brief tour of the yacht, the Cadets were surprised at how compact everything was, we stowed our...

Seascape 18

Unit: HQ Cumbria & Lancashire Wing Air Training Corps
Location: United Kingdom
Date: June 2018
Activities: Sailing
Air cadets at sea! Twelve RAF Air Cadets from Cumbria & Lancashire and Greater Manchester Wings of the Air Training Corps escaped to sea onboard the Ocean Youth Trust (North) ‘James Cook’ a 21-metre steel hulled ketch at the end of June 2018. During their voyage they were to take responsibility...

Northern Amazon Serpent 2018

Unit: 225 Medical Regiment
Location: Brazil, Amazonia
Date: June 2018
Activities: Canoeing
Just over 24 months ago I was asked if I would be interested in attending an expedition in the Amazonian region of Northern Brazil. The idea had been proposed to a small group of senior officers from 225 Medical Regiment,...

Viking Shiburnia 2018

Unit: Sherborne School CCF
Location: Norway - Hardangar
Date: July 2018
Activities: Other, Multi.
Twenty personnel from Sherborne School CCF visited the stunning Hardanger region of Norway for a week of adventure training, culture and education to embrace the Nordic concept of friluftsliv – open-air living. We stayed in the village of Osa at the end of the 170Km long Hardangerfjord. Our guides were...

Yeoman Amphibian 2018

Unit: Royal Armored Core, Royal Yeomanry, Queen's Own Yeomanry, Royal Dragoon Guards, Royal Welsh
Location: West Coast of Great Britian
Date: June 2018
Activities: Other, Multi,
The Three Peaks Yacht Race is one of the oldest and most remarkable multi-sport endurance races in the world. Over 4-5 days of racing, crews of five sail over 400 nautical miles in some of Europe’s toughest coastal waters, plus land legs featuring the highest peaks of Wales, England and...

Yankee Stirling Venturer 2018

Unit: TS Stirling Sea Cadets, Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College CCF, Taurus Squadron DTUS
Location: USA, Massachusetts
Date: June 2018
Activities: Other, Multi
This expedition to the United States was a multi-unit project that used adventurous training, ceremonial, and multinational Cadet collaboration to drive social mobility. The lead unit was Training Ship Stirling of the Sea Cadet Corps. Based in one of the most deprived neighbourhoods of Birmingham eleven cadets took part. Five...

Arctic Express Leg 2

Unit: London UOTC
Location: UK, Faroes, Iceland
Date: June 2018
Activities: Sailing
"As a complete novice to yacht sailing, I was unsure of what to expect when I applied to Ex Arctic Express. I imagined a relaxing couple of weeks, perfect to unwind after my exams. I was wrong." Cadet Ed Duffy
In June 2018, fifteen enthusiastic crew members from the University of London Officers’...

Dragon Safari Sting 2018

Unit: DCSU, CRHQ (AGC) Worthy Down
Location: Lanzarote, Spain
Date: June 2018
Activities: Diving
In June 2018, the Defence Cultural Specialist Unit (DCSU) conducted their summer adventure training expedition to Lanzarote, where they predominantly conducted the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) Ocean Diver and Sports Diver training packages. A hybrid team of 16 regulars and reserves trained 8 novice divers to BSAC Sports Diver standard at...

Ice Maiden 2017

Unit: HAC, RAMC, 37 Sigs
Location: South Pole, Antarctica
Date: November 2017
Activities: Skiing, Trekking, Exploring
Reservist Sophie Montagne, shares her experiences of this ground-breaking expedition across Antarctica, proudly supported by the Ulysses Trust. As we touched down on the blue ice runway of Union Glacier base camp and the Ilyushin plane’s doors opened, we braced ourselves for that first blast of the Antarctic chill. But it...

Guyana Emu

Unit: East Midlands Universities Air Squadron
Location: Guyana, South America
Date: April 2018
Earlier this year, ten students from East Midlands UAS participated in an adventurous training expedition within the Guyanese jungle. Primarily, the arduous, challenging nature of the activities and environment aimed to develop determination and qualities of self-reliance, confidence, leadership and team ethos in the UAS students, in order to prepare...

Cockney Venturer Novice 9 2018

Unit: Greater London South East Sector ACF
Location: Snowdonia
Date: June 2018
Activities: Canoeing
Forty three cadets aged between 13 and 17 years from South East London Army Cadet Force spend the half term break 26 May to 2 June 2018 in Snowdonia North Wales as part of an adventurous training package aimed at pushing young people out of their inner-city comfort zone to...

Cabot Telemark 18

Unit: Bristol UOTC
Location: Norway
Date: March 2018
Activities: Skiing
On the 24th March 2018, 12 Officer Cadets and two members of staff from Bristol University Officers Training Corps left for Norway, on a two-week Nordic Skiing Adventurous Training Exercise: Ex CABOT TELEMARK.  The Aim of the exercise was to work towards the Nordic Foundation 1 (NF1) and Nordic Foundation...

HMS Wildfire

Unit: HMS Wildfire
Location: UK (Solent) & English Channel
Date: April 2018
Activities: Sailing
HMS WILDFIRE typically runs 2 sailing expeditions (SAILEXs) per year in April and October to fit around the unit’s busy summer training programme. The first of these this year was a long weekend in the Solent from 26 – 29 April. A Halberg Rassey 342, SKUA, was used from Joint...

Atlantic Trident 2017

Unit: Oxfordshire ACF, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Location: Atlantic Ocean
Date: December 2017
Activities: Ocean Rowing
Between 14 Dec 17 and 20 Jan 18, Capt Jon Armstrong RGR and military amputee LCpl Jordan Beecher PARA rowed 2,550 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean as Row2Recovery. The pair endured storms, physical and mental hardship and capsizing to set a new World Record for the fastest pairs crossing...

Lanzarote Landfall

Unit: Cambridge University Air Squadron
Location: Lanzarote
Date: March 2018
Activities: Diving
  Day 0 - Sunday 18th Everyone arrived at RAF Wittering and made sure all equipment was checked along with medical forms and travel documents. Day 1 - Monday 19th Met at 0300, loaded the MT minibus and drove to Luton airport. Checked in around 0500, we had a minor issue with luggage as...

Snow Camp Venturer 2018

Unit: TS Stirling
Location: UK and Italy
Date: April 2018
Activities: Skiing
Snow Camp Venturer was a personal development exercise run by Training Ship Stirling of the Sea Cadet Corps together with the snow sport charity Snow Camp. It was a continuation of Exercise Snow Dome Venturer that ran in 2017 and involved 24 cadets learning to ski or snowboard at the...

Dragon Capel 2018

Unit: 203 Field Hospital
Location: Wales, Snowdonia
Date: April 2018
Activities: Sailing, trekking, mountain biking, caving
Exercise Dragon Capel was given to the name of 203 Welsh Field Hospital adventurous training phase of the Annual Camp 2018 happening at the end of April 2018 based out of Capel Curig training camp in the heart of the mountains of Snowdonia. The package offered participants a 5-day variety of...

Jack Petchey Off shore 2018

Unit: South Central District
Location: Southern England
Date: March 2018
Activities: Other, Multi
Saturday 16th March 2018 was the start of a big adventure for 14 cadets from Central District Sea Cadets. Setting from their units in Cowes, Ryde, Gosport, Portsmouth, Chichester, Bognor Littlehampton and Worthing the cadets arrive at Fort Blockhouse to join the Sea Cadet Training vessel Jack Petchey. For all the...