Latest Expedition Reports

Northern Jungle Monkey 2017

Unit: 101 Regiment Royal Artillery
Location: Borneo
Date: November 2017
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
The trip really started for me at the Heathrow Hotel with the issue of the Jungle Monkey tops, a last repacking of kit before the flight and a team beer at the bar. On arrival despite the travel exhaustion we all congregated at the hotel rooftop pool to rest and...

Northern Highland Venturer 2017

Unit: Morrison's Academy CCF
Location: Scotland, Cairngorms National Park
Date: October 2017
Activities: Other, Multi
As most of the school community were enjoying a first lie-in of the October holiday, twelve Morrison’s Academy cadets and two officers were already heading to the Cairngorms. The plan was straightforward. Two days of mountain biking in Rothiemurchus were to be followed by three days of mountain walking in...

Tiger Rifles Azure 2017

Unit: 6 Rifles
Location: Malta
Date: October 2017
Activities: Diving
On the 19th October 2017, 10 reservists and 1 regular soldier boarded a flight to Malta in order to begin Exercise Tiger Rifles Azure; the annual 6 RIFLES scuba diving expedition. The aims of the exercise were to qualify divers ranging from Ocean Diver to Dive Leader, develop the skills...

Dragon Barbarian Odyssey 2017

Unit: 159 Regt RLC
Location: Lanzarote
Date: September 2017
Activities: Diving
September 2017 saw 12 individuals from 159 Regiment RLC embark on a weeks Scuba diving in sunny Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Ideally located just off the North African coast, it offered the chance to explore further afield while still being in Europe. Diving commenced from the dive centre located in...

Himalayan Finn 2017

Location: Nepal
Date: September 2017
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
In December 2015, Major J W Swanson and Corporal T McWhirter from the Northern Ireland Garrison Support Unit (NIGSU) began the extensive planning process for their first overseas Adventure Training expedition to Nepal.  The culmination of this planning was Expedition Finn Himalaya, which took place from 15th September 2017 to...

Tiger Ushguli Bugle 2017

Unit: 6th Battalion, The Rifles
Location: Georgia
Date: August 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Soldiers from 6 Rifles recently embarked on a mountaineering expedition to Georgia with the goal of increasing the Battalion’s mountaineering capability. While spending five days in the Southern Caucasus the team covered the Summer mountain foundation syllabus, engaged with the local population and hiked over 80km with 2,800m of elevation. The...

Bristolian Zeus 2017

Unit: Bristol ACF
Location: Cyprus
Date: October 2017
Activities: Mountain biking
Bristol ACF conducted Exercise Bristolian Zeus during the back end of October 2017, with the main aim of cycling some of the varied technical and challenging off road routes of Cyprus. From the stunning views along the Cyprus coastlines showing off the deep blue and emerald sea of the Mediterranean,...

Belizean Adventure

Unit: RNR Air Branch, RN and RM
Location: Belize
Date: July 2016
Activities: Diving
Personnel were from across the RNRM service, including: CTCRM, 30 Cdo RM, HM Surface Ships, HM Submarines and the Fleet Air Arm. From 2 - 17 July 16 Commando Training Centre Royal Marines led Adventurous Training (AT) in three phases on the mainland and cayes of Belize. The aim of phase...

Shamrock Glacier 2017

Unit: 2 R IRISH
Location: Chamonix, France
Date: June 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Introduction On the 16th June 17, myself and a team of mountaineers left Northern Ireland heading to Chamonix, France for what would be one of the most memorial experiences of my life.  Flying into Lyon it was late evening when we arrived in Chamonix. Despite the long journey, seeing the mansion...

OYT Scotland West Coast Challenge

Unit: Headquarters Air Cadets
Location: Scotland West Coast
Date: August 2017
Activities: Sailing
Our thanks go to the generosity of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust for supporting this expedition.
As the cadets first set their eyes on the 72’ Ocean Youth Trust Scotland Ketch, Alba Venturer, which was to be their home and workplace for the next 7 days, there...

Trans Andes Expedition 2017

Unit: Budmouth College CCF
Location: Ecuador
Date: July 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Mountain Biking, Jungle School
For cadets from Budmouth College the adventure started a little early as the American Airlines Boeing pushed back at Miami after the catering was struck by lightning. As the aircraft taxied to the runway the most violent of thunderstorms erupted over the airfield. There the plane sat for three hours...

Stirling Venturer 2017

Unit: TS Stirling
Location: USA
Date: July 2017
Activities: Canoeing/Mountaineering, Rock Climbing/Other, Multi
On 16th July 11 cadets and three Cadet Force Adult Volunteers from TS Stirling Sea Cadets in Birmingham set off for the adventure of a life time in the USA.  They were off to join 300 American cadets from 19 high schools in New England that are part of the...

Canada Summer School Waterborne Training and Survival Skills 2017

Unit: Chester-le-Street Sea Cadets
Location: Nova Scotia Canada
Date: August 2017
Activities: Other, Multi
In August 2017, 5 members of staff and 14 cadets from Chester le Street Sea Cadets spent 10 days in Nova Scotia, Canada hosted by Llewellyn SCC. The assistance from the Ulysses Trust enabled the cadets and staff to participate in a training programme that included both land and water...


Unit: 7006 Sqn RAuxAF
Location: Sardinia
Date: July 2017
Activities: Trekking
Ex COCKNEY BARBARIAN was a Summer Mountaineering Expedition organised by PJHQ J2 Division to the Supramonte Region of Sardinia. Coming from PJHQ, the group was very diverse, incorporating regulars and reserves from across the tri-service community. As a rare opportunity to conduct Adventurous Training in a busy operational Headquarters, the...


Unit: JHC, 6AAC, 335 Med Evac, London Scottish
Location: Nepal, Sagarmatha National Park
Date: April 2017
Activities: Mountaineering
On 19 April 2017 a team of 21 regular and reserve soldiers left London for Nepal to take part in Exercise Diamond Peak; a month long high altitude trekking and climbing expedition to the Himalayas. The expedition was planned as part of the Army Air Corps (AAC) Diamond Jubilee Celebrations...