Latest Expedition Reports

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
Major Pete Barr first attempted to climb Aconcagua (9,962m) in 2004 but was thwarted at 6,700m as his climbing partner’s Acute Mountain Sickness began to show signs of developing into High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) forcing a descent. Thus when his posting to the Army Personnel Centre (APC) offered the...

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...

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.


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...

Dragon Kanchenjunga 2019

Unit: 37 Signal Regiment
Location: Nepal
Date: January 2019
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing,
Ex DRAGON KANCHENJUNGA  provided members of 37 Sig Regt with the chance to complete one of the most difficult and long trek in Nepal.  It allowed them to test their determination, team work, leadership skills and mental and physical robustness while trekking in the high mountains of Eastern Nepal to...

Cadet Snow Finn 2019

Unit: 2nd NI BN ACF
Location: Bulgaria Pomoprovo
Date: February 2019
Activities: Skiing
On the 3 February 2019, 22 Cadets and 8 adults (4 of which were instructors) departed on an 8 day alpine skiing expedition to Pamporovo, Bulgaria. Many of the cadets attending had never skied before, therefore this prospect would act as a window of opportunity to allow cadets to learn...

Dragon Venturer Cadet Norski 2019

Unit: Cadet Centre for Adventurous Training
Location: Kvitåvatn, Norway
Date: February 2019
Activities: Skiing
A 6-day journey of discovery and new experiences by a mixed team of eight Senior Cadets and Cadet Adult instructors who were all Nordic skiing novices out on the snow making memories. A long journey from UK to Oslo Airport in Norway followed by 4-hour drive culminated in our arrival on...

Frimley Glacier 2019

Unit: Cadet Training Centre Frimley Park
Location: Meribel (French Alps)
Date: February 2019
Activities: Skiing
What is CTC Frimley Park? CTC Frimley Park is the national cadet training centre based in Frimley, Surrey. We offer a variety of developmental and qualification courses to Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAV’s) primarily from the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and Combined Cadet Force (CCF) but places are also allocated to...

Great Pacific Race 2018

Location: USA, Pacific Ocean, Hawaii
Date: July 2018
Activities: Rowing
The objective was to break the world record for the fastest all-female crew to row across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii. Along with five other boats, the crew was to participate in the Great Pacific Race starting in June 2018. In a boat measuring seven metres, the aim...

Adventure Training 2019

Unit: Barnard Castle CCF
Location: Cairngorm National Park
Date: February 2019
Activities: Other, Multi,
On 16th February 2019 five Cadets and two staff from Barnard Castle School CCF embarked on the CCF’s biennial Adventure Training. The aim of Adventure Training within Barnard Castle School CCF is to give Cadets the opportunity to try new things, have fun and give them the chance to push...

Ski Cadet 2019 

Unit: A Troop RA, Glasgow & Lanarkshire Bn ACF
Location: France, Alpe d'Huez
Date: January 2019
Activities: Skiing
A Troop Royal Artillery Glasgow & Lanarkshire Battalion ACF Downhill Skiing, Alpe d’Huez, France January 2019 The record-breaking heat of summer 2018 was a hazy memory at 0430 hrs on Saturday 5 January 2019. 30 Cadets and 10 CFAVs of Glasgow & Lanarkshire Bn AFC gathered to reap the reward of 12 frenetic...

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...