Latest Expedition Reports

Dragon Mansing 2018

Location: Annapurna, Central Nepal
Date: September 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
As part of the 2018 training year, eleven members of 3rd Battalion the Royal Welsh were lucky enough to have the opportunity to participate in adventure training in the Himalaya of Nepal and the Annapurna Circuit. We departed from Heathrow in the early hours of Friday 14th of September and arrived...

Incan Venture Adventure 2018

Unit: Sussex Wing Air Training Corps
Location: Cusco and Inca Trail, SE Peru
Date: August 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring,
Between 03 and 25 Aug 2018, 24 cadets and 8 staff from Sussex Wing ATC visited Peru thanks to the generous support of the Ulysses Trust. The trip was part of Sussex Wings RAF100 Celebrations and coupled with another similar sized trip to NASA in Houston was aimed at engaging cadets...

Dragon Castle Adventure 2018

Unit: 103 Bn REME (V)
Location: France, Corsica
Date: September 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
On 6th of September 12 members of 103 battalion REME set out on Exercise Castle Adventure to the island of Corsica to conquer the northern half of the GR20 route. The route is claimed to be one of the toughest treks in Europe and we were about to find out...

Kabek Bugle Tiger 2018

Unit: 6 RIFLES
Location: Georgia, South Caucasus
Date: August 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing,
British Army team train with Georgian Army on Mt Kazbek (5,047m) in the Southern Caucusus In September 2018 a team from 6 RIFLES deployed to the Southern Caucasus to conduct a high-altitude Mountaineering expedition alongside the Georgian army. Their objective was summitting the renowned Mt Kazbek (5,047m) in Georgia.  This celebrated...

Towering Heights 2018

Unit: 31 (Tower Hamlets), 296 (Stoke Newington), 444 (Shoreditch), 338 (East Ham), 329 (Finsbury) Squadrons, Air Cadets.
Location: Lake District, Cumbria
Date: August 2018
Activities: Canoeing, Gliding, Hang Gliding, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Trekking, Exploring, Other, Multi,
31 (Tower Hamlets) Squadron Air Cadets set a new precedent last year when it undertook Exercise Towering Heights 2017. This year, we wanted to come back with a bigger and better camp - and so we undertook Exercise Towering Heights 2018, to help our Cadets experience an amazing week of...

Viking Trail 2018

Unit: Loretto School CCF
Location: Norway
Date: July 2018
Activities: Canoeing
Introduction The bags hadn't turned up at Kristiansand airport on our arrival in Norway; 16 rucksacks out of 20 were missing and cadets Maddy and Freddie, amongst others, were wondering how they would manage the expedition hill walking and canoeing without their kit! Evje, our base camp for 24hrs would give...

Dragon Corse 2 2018

Unit: 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital
Location: Corsica, France
Date: July 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring.
203 (Welsh) Field Hospital is an Army Reserve unit based in Cardiff with detachments locations spread across north and south Wales. The unit planned and ran Exercise Dragon Corse 2 which was a level 3 Adventure Training (AT) expedition to Corsica which ran from the 13th July 2018 to the...

Delago Tiger 18

Unit: Exeter UOTC
Location: Dolomite Mountains, N Italy
Date: August 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing.
Exercise DELAGO TIGER was the fourth annual Exeter University Officer Training Corps (EUOTC) expedition to the Dolomite Mountains in N Italy 22 August – 9 September 2018.  It comprised 35 personnel, 9 x rock climbing and mountaineering instructors, 3 admin staff and 23 Officer Cadets and was based at campsites...

Northern Integrated Serpent 2018

Unit: 203 Fd Hosp, 204 Fd Hosp, 207 Fd Hos, 208 Fd Hosp, 212 Fd Hosp,CRHQ RA, Tayforth UOTC
Location: USA, Grand Canyon (Arizona) and Mount Whitney (California)
Date: August 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
Grand Canyon Phase. We never fully believed our team Mountain Leader, Maj Les Webb, when he told us about the early warning signs of an impending lightning strike. He briefed us that an early indication was head hair starting to go up in the air as it got increasingly charged...

Blue Vidda 2018

Unit: Oxford UOTC
Location: Hardangervidda, Norway
Date: August 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing.
After close to a year of planning August and September 2018 saw 28 participants from Oxford UOTC headed out to Norway on an unforgettable hiking expedition. Phase One flew out to Bergen on the 13th of August and spent eleven days battling against the elements in the Hardangervidda region. Due to...

Northern Ice 2018

Unit: Northumbrian Universities’ Officer Training Corps
Location: Fjallabak Nature Reserve, Iceland
Date: September 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring.
As the end of the OTC training year drew to a close an expedition to the world renowned, Laugever Trail still lay on the horizon for 14 Officer Cadets and Instructors. This was the first time NUOTC had run this expedition and the first time many of the group had...

Dolomite Cadet 2018

Unit: Oakham School CCF
Location: Dolomites, Northern Italy
Date: August 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring,
Tuesday 14th August 2018 saw eleven Cadets and three staff from Oakham School CCF depart for the Dolomites in Northern Italy. To add to the adventure, we had decided to get the train out so after a rapid Eurostar journey and a few hours in Paris, we boarded the nightly...

Ardeche Gold 2018

Unit: Derbyshire ACF
Location: Ardeche, France
Date: August 2018
Activities: Canoeing
On the 24th August 2018, Derbyshire Army Cadet Force set out for their first overseas canoeing expedition, lasting until September 2nd. I would firstly like to thank the Ulysses Trust for their funding help and making this incredible experience happen, giving us the opportunity to test new waters (literally) and an...

IOW Summer Camp 2018

Unit: 218 Squadron, RAF Air Cadets
Location: United Kingdom, Isle of Wight
Date: August 2018
Activities: Other, Multi.
A week of outdoor adventure experience gave our group of young people new exciting activities on land and water. They had plenty of opportunities to try something new. We planned the trip to increase confidence, build teamwork, improve and challenge the Cadets to support each other as a team. From the...

T/S Jack Petchey Voyage

Unit: Fishguard Sea Cadets
Location: Wales
Date: August 2018
Activities: Other, Multi,
The journey started on 25th of August at Milford marina. On arrival the Cadets had their briefings, dressed in their uniforms and started their familiarisation with the vessel. Many safety things needed to be explained, and also the Cadets would be out into their various watches for the coming week....

Partisan Shadow 2018

Unit: 2158 (Sevenoaks) Squadron
Location: Italy - Dolomites
Date: August 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing.
Exercise Partisan Shadow was conducted in the Brenta Dolomites in August 2018 and was the culmination of a year’s hard work planning and preparation. This expedition was planned and conducted by three Staff and nine Cadets of 2158 (Sevenoaks) Squadron, Kent Wing Air Cadets, all of whom were given equal...

Tiger Alpinae Experientia 18

Unit: 103REME, NRHQRA, 201 Field Hospital, 1ISRX
Location: Alps - France, Italy, Switzerland
Date: August 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing.
The Aim of Exercise Tiger Alpinae Experientia 18 was to conduct a Level 3 Arduous Trekking and Alpine Mountaineering event in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. Adventurous Training is core activity (strategic/essential activity) and this exercise helped develop psychological resilience. This exercise enhanced the Battlefield Discipline Sub-Skills of the...

Cape Namibia 2018

Unit: London Wing Royal Air Force Air Cadets
Location: Eastern Cape of South Africa and Southern Namibia
Date: August 2018
Activities: Canoeing, Trekking, Exploring.
A year in the planning, preparation, training and fundraising; the London Wing ‘Cape Namibia’ Expedition of 25 cadets and staff departed for a two-week adventure in South Africa and Namibia in August 2018. The prime goal of the expedition was to undertake the challenge of trekking the famous Fish River...