Latest Expedition Reports

Yorkshire Stingray

Unit: 4 Yorks
Location: Egypt (Red Sea)
Date: August 2018
Activities: Diving
This year's expedition was in Egypt, travelling to various sites across the Red Sea. I have done this expedition previously so was excited to do it again. The flight in felt like it took longer than it should have done, with screaming kids commenting every minute on what the plane was...

West Mercian & Staffordshire Wing Everest Basecamp Expedition, Nepal 2018

Unit: West Mercian & Staffordshire Wing ATC
Location: Nepal
Date: October 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
The RAF Air Cadets from West Mercian & Staffordshire Wing traveled to Nepal to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force in the hope of hosting a memorial service on the summit of Kala Patthar (5,550m). The Team of sixteen aged 16-74, led by Peak Mountaineering’s Paul Lewis departed Manchester...

Reflective Saltire 2018

Unit: 102 Battalion REME
Location: France, Pyrenees
Date: July 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring,
EXPEDITION DIARY Prep Weekends (18-20 May & 30 Jun - 2 Jul 18) 1. In preparation for this expedition two training weekends were conducted in May and June to prepare and assess all potential participants ensuring that they were both physically and mentally up to the challenge. Both weekends were conducted from...

Cockney Abyss 2 2018

Unit: 106 Regiment Royal Artillery
Location: Malta
Date: December 2018
Activities: Diving
In December 2018, soldiers from 106 Regt RA deployed to Malta on Exercise Cockney Abyss 2 in order to gain BSAC scuba diving qualifications through the MOD Approved Centre Dive Deep Blue. Ninety percent of the team had absolutely no diving experience and were wondering how they would handle the new...

Snowdome Venturer 2018

Unit: TS Stirling Sea Cadet Corps
Location: England, West Midlands
Date: December 2018
Activities: Skiing
This adventurous training exercise was run by Training Ship Stirling of the Sea Cadet Corps from August to December 2018. The unit is based in Shard End, Birmingham and is in a Cadet Expansion Programme partnership with its local secondary school, Tile Cross Academy. Both institutions are based in one of...

Canary Express 2018

Unit: 75 Engineer Regiment
Location: Spain, Lanzarote
Date: November 2018
Activities: Sailing
On 18th November 6 members of 75 Engineer Regiment Regt travelled to Lanzarote for Ex Canary Express 2018. The Joint Services Sail Training Centre had forward based a 47ft yacht in the Canary Islands. The aim of this was to enhance sailing and leadership skills through offshore sailing. After meeting the...

Emerging Panda 2018

Unit: Oldham Hulme GS CCF
Location: China
Date: October 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring.
As a CCF Adventurous Training officer, and Mountain leader, I was privileged to have the opportunity to organise to China what would turn out to be a truly unique, challenging and inspiring insight into Chinese History, Culture, Food, and Schooling and Public transport systems. The Expedition was conceived in October 2017,...

Magic Malawi 2018

Unit: 359 (Bexleyheath) Squadron
Location: Malawi, Africa
Date: October 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring.
After a year of planning, the 359 (Bexleyheath) Squadron led expedition, consisting of 10 Cadets and 4 staff across Bexleyheath, Welling, Swanley, Battle and Kensington Squadron's was made more affordable to a range of Cadets form varying background thanks to the support of the Ulysses Trust. The trip to Malawi, Africa...

Altea Dragon Venturer 2018

Unit: Staffordshire and West Midlands North Sector ACF
Location: Costa Blanca, Spain
Date: October 2018
Activities: Climbing, Mountain Biking
Staffordshire and West Midlands (NS) Army Cadet Force deployed a 21 strong expedition to Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain to conduct mountain biking and rock-climbing activities. Sat 27 Oct. Exercise participants arrived at MOD Stafford at a blurry eyed 0130hrs on Saturday morning, after checking documentation, equipment and luggage weights we departed...

Northern Tartan Dive

Unit: 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Location: Malta
Date: October 2018
Activities: Diving
7 Scots Diving Trip Malta 22 Oct – 1 Nov 18 Diary by (LCpl Dickinson, LCpl Wang’oo, Pte Moffat This report on a Reservist adventure training sub aqua expedition to Malta would still have been in the planning stage were it not for the financial support of the Ulysses Trust to which we...

Freefall Fougasse 18

Unit: 42 Engr Regt (Geo), 254 (SGIS) Sigs Sqn, 65 Wks Gp, 162 Regt RLC
Location: Spain, Madrid
Date: October 2018
Activities: Parachuting, Parapenting,
Exercise Freefall Fougasse was a 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographical) (42 Engr Regt (Geo)) adventurous training (AT) expedition to Spain. The goal of AT is to be “challenging outdoor training for Service personnel in specified adventurous activities that incorporate controlled exposure to risk, in order to develop: leadership; teamwork; physical fitness;...

Cockney Medsail 2018

Unit: NRHQRA
Location: Sailing
Date: October 2018
Activities: Cyprus
In the early hours of Sunday 7th October members from the Woolwich based National Reserve Headquarters Royal Artillery (NRHQRA), embarked on Exercise COCKNEY MEDSAIL. This Adventurous Training Exercise comprised of four students overseen by two instructors and after quick introductions it was quickly apparent that except for the experienced Skipper,...

Himalayan Venture 18

Unit: RAF, RAF FTRS, RAuxAF, UAS, RAF Air Cadets
Location: Nepal, Rolwaling and Khumbu Himal
Date: September 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Ex Himalayan Venture 18, the principal expedition of RAF100, was an exploratory expedition to the Rolwaling and Khumbu regions of the Nepalese Himalayan range. Team 03, the team of University Air Squadron Officer Cadets were on expedition from 28th August to 21st September whilst Team 04, the team including the RAFAC contingent,...

Cockney Slovenian Wolf 2018

Unit: NRHQ RA
Location: Slovenia - Julain Alps
Date: September 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring.
On Saturday 29 September 2018 a team of 10 Officers from National Reserve Headquarters Royal Artillery (NRHQRA), based out of our HQ at Woolwich, and a Reserve Private soldier from 203 Field Hospital RAMC in South Wales, assembled in the town of Bohinj-Bistrica in Slovenia to do some adventurous training...

BE 2

Unit: Buckinghamshire Army Cadet Force
Location: Germany, Bavaria Alps
Date: May 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
10 Cadets from Bucks supported by four Adult Volunteers experienced on an amazing mountain walking week in the Bavarian Alps. The first day started very slowly with the cadets exploring the local town, finishing the day with a cable car ride to the top of the Zugspitze the highest mountain...

Himalyan Fox 2018

Unit: Queen's Own Yeomanry
Location: Nepal - Mardi Himal
Date: October 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
On the 13th October 2018, 14 soldiers from the Queen’s Own Yeomanry deployed to Nepal for Ex Himalayan Fox; an 8-day trek in the Annapurna Region of Nepal to reach the basecamp of Mardi Himal at 4,500m. This particular expedition was a long time in the planning with the initial conversation...

(Northern) Gozo Diver

Unit: 156 Regiment RLC
Location: Gozo
Date: October 2018
Activities: Diving
Exercise (Northern) Gozo Diver was an Army Reserve led sub aqua diving expedition to Malta/Gozo over the dates 06 – 13 October 2018. The aim of the trip was to train up new British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) Ocean Divers and to allow the qualified safety divers to expand their...

Northern Black Maple 2018

Unit: 4PARA
Location: Canada
Date: September 2018
Activities: mountain biking, kayaking, white-water-rafting
It has been a busy period for the 4th Battalion the Parachute Regiment, from supporting our sister Regular Battalions on Exercise Joint Warrior to overseas exercises in the Ukraine and a two week Battle Camp in Sennybridge. So, what better way to reward soldier’s commitment and hard work than with...