Latest Expedition Reports

Dragon Ventura Ardeche 2018

Unit: Ratcliffe College CCF
Location: River Ardeche - S France Vallon Pont Darc
Date: April 2018
Activities: Canoeing
I arrived at Ratcliffe on the Saturday 7th April excited about the prospect of traveling down to the South of France to take part in my very first Easter Adventure Training camp. After loading all the equipment and Lt Col Balmbra giving us all a safety briefing we set off....

Northern Rock 2018

Unit: NUOTC (Northumbrian Universities Officers' Training Corps)
Location: Spain, Costa Blanca, Alicante
Date: March 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing,
The second term was drawing to an end for the students of the Northumbrian University Officers’ Training Corps (NUOTC), yet excitement and anticipation was high for their week-long climbing trip to the crags and climbing areas around Alicante, Spain. This trip was designed to enable climbers of all abilities to...

Finn Tartan Ski 18

Unit: 105 Regt RA
Location: Austria
Date: March 2018
Activities: Skiing
On a crisp Friday morning, when most were contemplating their weekend plans, Gunners from across the UK prepared to embark east to the Austrian Alps; plans more exciting than most soldiers from 105 Regt, 101 Regt and 4 Regt RA departed from Scotland, England and Northern Ireland on Ex FINN...

Bavarian Explorer 2017

Unit: Buckinghamshire Army Cadet Force
Location: Bavarian Alps, Germany
Date: April 2017
Activities: Trekking, Exploring.
During the Easter break 2017 nine ACF Cadets, supported by 4 Adults all from Bucks ACF completed a week long exploration of the Bavarian Alps. Based out of Garmisch Partenkirchen, Bavaria the expedition aimed to introduce cadets to trekking and enhance their leadership skills by exposing them to challenging routes.  Additionally...

Dragon Venturer Snow Cub 5

Unit: Shropshire ACF
Location: Germany Bavaria
Date: March 2018
Activities: Skiing
The aim of the Exercise was to take Army Cadets to Bavaria for a progressive Adventure Training programme using the medium of alpine skiing.  It was planned to the UKCC Snow Sports Snow Life Awards Course.  This was supported with elements of snow/mountain survival lectures including weather and mountain hazards....

Northern Jacobite Venturer

Unit: Giggleswick School CCF
Location: Scotland, Lochaber
Date: March 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring,
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 the reputation with rain, wind, snow, sub...

Atlantic Rock 2017 (Part of Exercise Diamond Rock)

Unit: RAF Regiment Regular and Reserve / RAF Force Protection Force
Location: Central America, South America, Spain, South Africa
Date: May 2017
Activities: Sailing
Inspired by the renowned and record-breaking British Adventurer Mark Beaumont, approximately 200 members from across the RAF Regiment celebrated the Corps’ 75th Anniversary by ‘getting stuck in’ to a series of demanding expeditions that have visited 17 countries, 4 continents, 2 of the world’s greatest mountains and criss-crossed the Atlantic...

Acog Rock 2018 (Part of Exercise Diamond Rock)

Unit: RAF Regiment Regular and Reserve / RAF Force Protection Force
Location: Argentina
Date: February 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Inspired by the renowned and record-breaking British Adventurer Mark Beaumont, approximately 200 members from across the RAF Regiment celebrated the Corps’ 75th Anniversary by ‘getting stuck in’ to a series of demanding expeditions that have visited 17 countries, 4 continents, 2 of the world’s greatest mountains and criss-crossed the Atlantic...

Biking Rock 2017 (Part of Exercise Diamond Rock)

Unit: RAF Regiment Regular and Reserve / RAF Force Protection Force
Location: North America, Central America, South America
Date: May 2017
Activities: Mountain Biking
Inspired by the renowned and record-breaking British Adventurer Mark Beaumont, approximately 200 members from across the RAF Regiment celebrated the Corps’ 75th Anniversary by ‘getting stuck in’ to a series of demanding expeditions that have visited 17 countries, 4 continents, 2 of the world’s greatest mountains and criss-crossed the Atlantic...

Cockney Lycian 2018

Unit: CUOTC and 7006 Sqn
Location: Antalya, southern Turkey
Date: March 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring.
16 regular and reserve PJHQ personnel from across all three services deployed to Antalya for Ex COCKNEY LYCIAN, a level-3 Summer Mountaineering expedition which took place from 08 to 16 March 2018.  The aim of the expedition was to walk a 75km section of the famous Lycian Way between Mavikent...

Cairngorm Winter Training 2018

Unit: London and SE Region Air Cadets
Location: Caingorms, Scotland
Date: January 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
On Saturday 27th January 2018, five members of the Sussex Wing Adventure Training Team from the Royal Air Force Air Cadets set out on a Winter Mountain Foundation Course supported by the Ulysses Trust and run by experienced International and Winter Mountain Leader, Chris Conley. The aim of the expedition was...

Cadet Snow Finn 18

Unit: 2nd Northern Ireland Bn ACF
Location: Bosnia Herzgovinia, Mount Jahorino Sarajevo
Date: February 2018
Activities: Skiing
Our journey to Bosnia and Herzegovina was an experience in itself. We arrived at Kinnegar late Friday evening and traveled through the night, driving to Dublin by coach, before flying via Munich and Vienna and then getting on a final flight to arrive in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Next we made...

Dragon Venturer Canice 18

Unit: Cadet Centre For Adventurous Training
Location: Banff, Canada
Date: February 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing.
Each day is a summation of the thoughts of the individual climbers (6 x male CFAVs) Canmore Junkyards - Grade 2 Single Pitch It’s hard to believe that we are in Canada standing below an icefall and our introduction to ice climbing.  I was intimidated about the levels of experience amongst the...

Dragon Venturer Canski 2018

Unit: Cadet Centre For Adventurous Training
Location: Banff, Canada
Date: February 2018
Activities: Skiing
The trip started with 10 strangers (8 x CFAVs (6 x male & 2 x female) and 2 x female Senior Cadets) meeting at Heathrow airport after traveling from all parts of the country.  Despite a few problems with the trains we checked in as a group on time and...

Western Winter 2018

Unit: HQ RAFAC
Location: Scotland, Glencoe and Fort William
Date: February 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing.
The expedition took place in the Western Highlands of Scotland between 4th and 10th February 2018 with the aim of providing opportunities for staff and cadets of the RAF Air cadets to develop their winter mountaineering experience. The expedition consisted of two groups - one who were focussed on undertaking...

Canford Norwegian Venturer Tiger 2018

Unit: Canford School CCF
Location: Norway (Hardangervidda)
Date: February 2018
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 cadets, a fifth of our year 10s aged 14...

Dragon Eldfjall EMU

Unit: East Midlands UOTC
Location: Iceland
Date: September 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Ex Dragon Eldfjall 2017 began in the early hours on Thursday 31st of August, as twelve Officer Cadets (OCdts) and two supporting staff of East Midlands Universities Officer Training Corps (EMUOTC) were crammed into a van and whisked off to London Luton airport, ready for an early flight to Iceland. The...

Oswestrian Snowy Dragon

Unit: Oswestry School CCF
Location: Scotland - Cairngorms and Lochaber
Date: February 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Six Cadets, aged 15 to 17, and two Instructors attended a winter exercise centered around the Cairngorms National Park during February 2018 with the aim of introducing some to the challenges of travelling in the winter mountain environment for the first time and others to extend their existing experience to...