Latest Expedition Reports

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

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...

Northern Andes Serpent 2017

Unit: HQ 2 Med Bde, 201 Fd Hosp,202 Fd Hosp, 203 Fd Hosp, 204 Fd Hosp, 205 Fd Hosp, 207 Fd Hosp, 208 Fd Hosp, 256 Fd Hosp,306 HSR, 103 Regt RA, Oxford UOTC, Southampton UOTC, Tayforth UOTC, Navy CSAV Reserves, 22 Fd Hosp, 34 Fd Hosp
Location: Chile
Date: July 2017
Activities: Skiing
EXPEDITION 1: Dates: 15th – 31st July 2017 Through July and August 2017, 28 enthusiastic participants, mostly deriving from HQ 2nd Medical Brigade, embarked on an adventure to the southern hemisphere, between latitudes 33’ and 41’ in the high Andes of Chile to conquer snow covered volcanoes on skis. It...

Toubkal Finn 2017

Unit: 2 Royal Irish Regiment
Location: Morocco High Atlas
Date: October 2017
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
On the evening of 13th October 2017 a cohort of 14 2RIRISH personnel arrived at Belfast International Airport to catch the flight to London.  Where on arrival, we spent the night in a comfortable departure hall at London Gatwick Airport.  During the course of the evening LCpl Cowan had, unknowingly,...

Dragon Ecuadorian Odyssey

Unit: 135 Geo Sqn, 299 Para Sqn, 335 Med Evac Regt
Location: Ecuador, Cordillera Occidental Range of the Andes
Date: January 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing,
Julian Assange, quinoa, the equator and volcanoes seemed to top the ‘pub quiz’ answers connected to Ecuador. So when the question: ‘Do you want to go on an expedition to Ecuador?’ was asked the obvious answer to me was ‘Yes’. As a trained geography teacher who’d never quite managed to cross...

Northern Bear (NUOTC) 2017

Unit: Northumbrian Universities Officers’ Training Corps
Location: USA, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California
Date: September 2017
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
It was the end of a demanding training year for Northumbrian Universities Officers’ Training Corps (NUOTC). Officer Cadets, Staff and Instructors had worked incredibly hard for 12 months to ensure that every one of the 23 staff and students from NUOTC were ready for the culmination of their Mountaineering Programme,...

Telemark Cadet 2017

Unit: Oakham School CCF
Location: Telemark, Norway
Date: August 2017
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
On the 16th August 2017 nineteen cadets from Oakham School CCF set out on their journey to Norway to undertake their Gold DofE Expedition. After arrival at Oslo Airport they were collected by the advance party and then set course for the Telemark region of southern Norway, some three hours...

Trojan Glacier

Unit: Trojan Sqn DTUS
Location: Switzerland, Valais Alps
Date: September 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Exercise TROJAN GLACIER was a two-week-long alpine mountaineering exercise to Switzerland, conducted by Officer Cadets from Trojan Squadron of the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme.  It aimed to introduce personnel already competent and qualified in basic level mountaineering and climbing skills to the high Alpine peak, pushing them to learn further...

Bavarian Eagle 2017

Unit: National Reserve Headquarters Royal Artillery (NRHQ RA)
Location: Germany - Bavaria
Date: September 2017
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
As Europe returned to work after the summer holidays, officers from National Reserve Headquarters Royal Artillery (NRHQ RA) headed south on Exercise BAVARIAN EAGLE. We were bound for Haus Magnus in Wertach, which incidentally, is a comfortable, well run Adventurous Training Group (ATG) lodge ideally placed for mountain hiking in...

AT Summer Camp, Isle of Wight 2017

Unit: 218 (Rotherham) Squadron, RAF Air Cadets
Location: United Kingdom, Isle of Wight
Date: August 2017
Activities: Other, Multi
Day one saw an early start to our expedition as we met the coach just outside the centre of Rotherham for our journey down to the Isle of Wight. We had the one stop on the way down to Portsmouth, as cadets just love burgers, and arrived at the port...

Delago Tiger 2017

Unit: Exeter UOTC
Location: Dolomite Mountains, Northern Italy
Date: August 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
As part of its role Exeter UOTC is tasked with organising high quality and demanding Adventurous Training (AT) for the Cadets.  This should deliver foundation qualifications but also give the Cadets exposure to just how demanding AT can be and how it can be used to develop personal qualities and...

Rocky Mountain Dragon Venturer

Unit: Staffordshire & West Midlands (NS) ACF
Location: Canada, Banff National Park
Date: August 2017
Activities: Other, Multi
Staffordshire and West Midlands (NS) Army Cadet Force deployed a 24 strong expedition to Alberta, Canada to conduct Mountain Biking, White Water Kayaking, Mountaineering and Caving. “Opportunity of a lifetime” Cdt Brandon Connon, Old Hill Detachment “The best thing I have every done” L/Cpl Sol Flaherty, Leek Detachment “stunning scenery” Sgt Phoneix Everill,...

Dragon Caledonian EMU

Unit: East Midlands UOTC
Location: Scotland, UK
Date: August 2017
Activities: Canoeing
A kayaking trip in Scotland? To many this would conjure up thoughts of being cold and wet however to the group of 10 Officer Cadets, many only just back from a kayaking expedition in France this was a chance to further develop and hone their skills on what promised to...

Wesslighthouse 2017

Unit: The Royal Wessex Yeomanry
Location: English Channel / Irish Sea
Date: August 2017
Activities: Sailing
The Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 was the largest offshore yacht race in history, featuring some 400 yachts and 3000 crew members from 29 countries, competing over a 1120km course from Cowes to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock off the Southern Irish coast. Thanks largely to the Ulysses Trust’s generous sponsorship...

Northern Ventura Snow Peak 2018

Unit: Glasgow & Lanarkshire Battalion ACF
Location: France
Date: January 2018
Activities: Skiing
As 06.00am approached, the 30 cadets and 9 adults of Glasgow & Lanarkshire Battalion had been up and about for ages excited about what lay ahead. Some had skied before whilst others were complete novices. No matter what, there was not a thing that could have dampened their excitement for...