Latest Expedition Reports

1088 – ‘Blue Innsbruck’ – Austria

Unit: Oxford University Officers Training Corps
Location: Austria
Date: April 2011
Activities: Ski mountaineering

Sunday 10th April 2011, Sgt Philip Houseman and Officer Cadets Matthew Waterston, William Bowkett, Lewis Hart, David Keay and Charles Woods-Stride set out from Oxford on Exercise Blue Innsbruck.

The following afternoon we arrived in the small Austrian village of Greiss. There we joined Captain Tania Noakes who would be leading...

1044 – ‘Cockney Phoenix Annapurna’ – Nepal

Unit: 71st (City of London) Yeomanry Signal Regiment (Volunteers)
Location: Nepal
Date: April 2011
Activities: Trekking

In early April, 12 officers and soldiers from across the Regt converged on Bexleyheath ready for an adventure. Bags packed, things inevitably forgotten, but keen to get started on the long journey to Kathmandu, via Doha. Once there, the team staggered out of the airport into a completely different world....

1106 – ‘Solent Dragon Venturer’ – Channel

Unit: Selly Oak Trust School CCF
Location: Channel
Date: April 2011
Activities: Offshore Sailing

From 9th- 16th April 2011, 9 students accompanied by 3 staff members from Selly Oak Trust School, Birmingham, a secondary school for students with moderate learning difficulties, took part in a sailing expedition along the south coast of the UK. The Cadets, all members of the Combined Cadet Force (Royal...

1076 – ‘Northern Alpine Warrior’ – France

Unit: Liverpool University Officer Training Corps
Location: France
Date: April 2011
Activities: Skiing

25 hours on a coach, students suffering from travel sickness and a broken air conditioning unit resulting in the coach reaching a roasting 33 degrees during the journey. This is how 40 Officer Cadets (OCdts) from Liverpool University Officers' Training Corps (LUOTC) were welcomed into the French Alps ski resort...

1054 – ‘Canford Norwegian Venturer Tiger’ – Norway

Unit: Canford School CCF
Location: Norway
Date: April 2011
Activities: Ski Touring

Canford has been running cross-country skiing expeditions for some fourteen years now with a number of cadets each year benefiting from the experience of a week's cross-country skiing, snow holing, camping and ice-climbing, whilst experiencing the delights of the famous Norwegian ski touring huts. This year, once again, helped with...

1036 – ‘Northern Jacobite Venturer’ – Cairngorms

Unit: Giggleswick School CCF
Location: Cairngorms
Date: April 2011
Activities: Trekking

High winds, high plateaus, high water and high adventure are the nature of Northern Jacobite Venturer (Ex NJV). Our now annual Scottish exploit is in it's 4th year and hopes to reach maturity on our next visit.

This is a multi activity week designed to give cadets from Giggleswick School the...

1062 – ‘Dragon Grouse’ – Cairngorms

Unit: 37 Signal Regiment(V)
Location: Cairngorms
Date: April 2011
Activities: Skiing

This year, the Regimental skiing trip was a little unusual. Normally we head south, and ski downhill, in Austria. However we decided to head north and ski up-hill in Scotland. After an early start and a long drive, with rising excitement as we started spotting patches of snow on the...

1115 – ‘Shamrock Pilgrim’ – Northern Spain

Unit: 2 R Irish
Location: Northern Spain
Date: April 2011
Activities: Trekking

Legend has it that the ashes of St James the apostle lie in the magnificent cathedral in the heart of Santiago de Compostela in North West Spain. After Jesus’ crucifixion the eleven (Judas hanged himself) left Jerusalem to spread the gospel. James sailed to modern day Spain and preached to...

1117 – ‘Phoenix Cockney Slide’ – France

Unit: 71st (City of London) Yeomanry Signal Regiment (Volunteers)
Location: France
Date: April 2011
Activities: Skiing

Phoenix Cockney Slide was a Distributed Training (DT) Level 3 overseas exercise for beginners to advanced skiers, taking place over the period 1st – 9th April 2011. It was based in Tignes, South France. The intent was to take seven inexperienced skiers (Officers and soldiers), and provide them with the...

1042 – ‘Viking Ski’ – Hardangarvidda, Norway

Unit: Morrison’s Academy CCF
Location: Hardangarvidda, Norway
Date: April 2011
Activities: Ski Touring

Under the watchful eye of our Contingent Officers, Major Patchett, Captain Willmore and Lieutenant Macgregor, we loaded up the coach with our kit for the first leg of our journey to Edinburgh Airport on the early evening of Monday 4 April. We were about to embark on what was described...

1087 – ‘Nordic Challenge’ – Norway

Unit: Wycliffe College CCF
Location: Norway
Date: April 2011
Activities: Cross-country Skiing

During the Easter holidays, a team of 8 staff and cadets, travelled to the Hardangervidda mountain range in Southern Norway, where we were to carry out an arduous cross-country skiing expedition. The aim of the venture was to introduce a novice group of cadets to cross-country skiing and carry out...

1105 – ‘Channel Dragon Venturer’ – Channel

Unit: Lordswood Boys' School CCF
Location: Channel
Date: April 2011
Activities: Offshore Sailing

Over the period 9th – 16th April 10 cadets from Lordswood Boys' School took part in a week's off-shore sailing expedition aboard one of the Tall Ships Youth Trust 'Challenger' yachts. They were part of a large party from Birmingham that chartered the whole flotilla of four Challengers under the...

1090 – ‘Caribbean Endeavour – Leg 9’ – Caribbean – Windward Islands

Unit: 5 Military Intelligence Bn (V)
Location: Caribbean - Windward Islands
Date: March 2011
Activities: Offshore Sailing

The eagerly anticipated day of departure, 6 Mar 11, started bright and early at London's Gatwick airport. All of the ship's crew, except the skipper who, as Exped project officer, had flown ahead to oversee a week of yacht maintenance, boarded for the 8 hr 45 min Virgin Atlantic flight...

1048 – ‘Dragon Telemark Ski’ – Norway

Unit: 63 (SAS) Signal Sqn (R)
Location: Norway
Date: March 2011
Activities: Ski Touring

Operation Grouse and Operation Gunnerside were conducted by British trained, hand picked members of the Norwegian SOE. These 11 'Heroes of Telemark' survived in the wilderness of the Hardanga Vidda plateau in Norway for months on end, before successfully mounting two sabotage operations, which severely handicapped the Nazi's in the...

1086 – ‘Cadet Wanderer 12’ – Austria

Unit: Glasgow & Lanarkshire Battalion ACF
Location: Austria
Date: March 2011
Activities: Skiing

"39 cadets … 5 adult instructors … destination Salzburger Sportwelt …"

After 30 hours by road and sea, we reached our destination of Küchl, a typically pretty Austrian village surrounded by the stunning Tennengebirge Mountains. Some anxious glances were exchanged at the absence of snow, but our hosts at the Hotel...

1071 – ‘Winter Venturer 5 (Tiger)’ – Germany

Unit: Royal Grammar School, Guildford CCF
Location: Germany
Date: February 2011
Activities: Skiing

February half-term provided the time required for 14 cadets from all 3 services of the RGS Guildford CCF to attend the contingent's annual Winter AT based in Bavaria. The cadets were accompanied by 3 officers from the Contingent.

The cadets arrived in a very green and relatively warm Sonthofen as, like...

1074 – ‘Thar Horizon’ – India

Unit: The trek that changed lives...forever
Location: India
Date: February 2011
Activities: Trekking

17 members of London Wing Air Cadets led by Pilot Officer Chris Booty (OC 282 SQN) travelled to the far reaches of the Indian Thar desert to undertake a very special task; to change some very special lives forever.

The team embarked on the 'Thar Horizon' expedition with the sole aim...

1077 – ‘Northern Challenge’ – Germany

Unit: 150 (Yorkshire) Transport Regiment RLC (V)
Location: Germany
Date: February 2011
Activities: Skiing

NORTHERN CHALLENGE 2 was a 150 (Yorkshire) Transport Regiment RLC (V) ski expedition to Ruhpolding, Germany at the beginning of February 2011. Led by a TA Captain with the support of a regular SSgt, the expedition looked deceptively simple to organise on initial inspection. It was only when the icy...