Latest Expedition Reports

1131 – ‘Colac Dragon’ – Italy, Austria

Unit: 3 Royal Welsh
Location: Italy, Austria
Date: July 2011
Activities: Mountaineering

3RWELSH again ventured to the Alps to conduct via ferrata and klettersteig in the Dolomites of Northern Italy and Southern Austria. This would be an expedition of two halves; long mountain via ferratas in Italy, short technical klettersteigs in Austria – something for everyone we hoped.

Summer can come late to...

1113 – ‘Wey-Hey-Mouth’ – Weymouth

Unit: Hereford Sea Cadets
Location: Weymouth
Date: July 2011
Activities: Canoeing

Sixteen cadets and five adults from Hereford attended the Sea Cadet Training School at Weymouth to undertake a unit course. The aim of the week was to give cadets the opportunity to experience boating activities on the sea instead of on the River Wye. This would encourage the cadets to...

1132 – ‘Corsican Tiger 2’ – Northern Corsica

Unit: Bristol UOTC
Location: Northern Corsica
Date: July 2011
Activities: Mountaineering

Exercise Corsican Tiger was a 17-day adventurous training expedition to the Mediterranean island of Corsica, undertaken by 23 members of Bristol University Officers Training Corps (BUOTC). The aim of the expedition was to push BUOTC Officer Cadets to their physical limits in an arduous mountain environment, to develop their physical...

1031 – ‘Operation Aquarius’ – Ghana – Kings Village

Unit: 177 (Blackpool Airport) Sqn ATC
Location: Ghana - Kings Village
Date: July 2011
Activities: Multi

In July and August 2011, Operation Aquarius took place in Northern Ghana, West Africa. It was planned as a Voluntary Service Overseas project with an Expedition phase and a cultural phase on the Cape coast in Southern Ghana.

The origins of the expedition go back to early 2009, when the...

1114 – ‘Northern Cutlers Challenge’ – Switzerland, Italy, France

Unit: Sheffield UOTC
Location: Switzerland, Italy, France
Date: July 2011
Activities: Mountaineering

It was the last few weeks of three years together as Officer Cadets at Sheffield University OTC, and what more fitting way to top three challenging years than with one final challenge. So Friday morning, and we embark on the two day drive to Les Alps and the Zermatt valley...

1082 – ‘Dragon Venturer Llandovery’ – France – Alps

Unit: Llandovery College CCF
Location: France - Alps
Date: July 2011
Activities: Trekking

Over the period 20th July – 3rd August 2011, Llandovery College CCF mounted a mountaineering expedition to France. The expedition visited two different areas, Fontainebleau, near Paris and Chamonix, in the Alps. Written by a cadet, this is their account of a brilliant expedition:

"Stopping off for 2 days at 'Font'...

1099 – ‘Corse Venturer’ – Corsica

Unit: Kelvinside Academy CCF
Location: Corsica
Date: July 2011
Activities: Mountaineering

Nous avons fini la GR20 - We finished the GR20

It's easy to agree to something if you don't know what you have agreed to. And when I agreed, extremely willingly, to do the GR20, I deny even knowing its location. I also didn't know the meaning of GR20- the Big...

1135 – ‘Pyrenees’ – French/Spanish Pyrenees.

Unit: 633 (West Swindon) Sqn ATC
Location: French/Spanish Pyrenees.
Date: July 2011
Activities: Trekking

After nearly two years of planning, cadets and staff of 633 (West Swindon) Squadron celebrated achieving squadron status on 1st December 2009 with a special expedition to climb some of the highest peaks in the Pyrenees.

The trip began with an idea 20 months ago to widen the cadet's expedition...

1173 – ‘Broad Reach’ – Gibraltar

Unit: Fany (Princess Royal Volunteer Corps)
Location: Gibraltar
Date: July 2011
Activities: Offshore Sailing

The first international sailing exercise undertaken by the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) took place from 30 July to 6 August 2011. This most successful Exercise, which received support funding from the Ulysses Trust, enabled six members of the Corps to charter the Gibraltar Garrison's yacht 'Pickle' for a week....

1136 – ‘Ariege Evasion’ – French / Andorran Pyrenees

Unit: Essex Wing ATC
Location: French / Andorran Pyrenees
Date: July 2011
Activities: Trekking

Thirty-five cadets and staff from Squadrons throughout Essex Wing ATC have returned from a successful major two-week expedition in the French and Andorran Pyrenees.

The cadets, who had to undertake various training days and weekends in preparation for the demanding expedition, all had the aim of completing their Gold or...

1175 – ‘Cockle Shell Heroes’ – River Gironde, Bordeaux

Unit: Guernsey ACF and Elizabeth College CCF
Location: River Gironde, Bordeaux
Date: July 2011
Activities: Canoeing

GUERNSEY CADETS MAKE COMBINED OPS WORK

Guernsey Cadets from the ACF and CCF combined to complete a Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold Expedition by retracing the journey of the original Cockleshell Heroes.

'Of the many heroic raids .... none was more courageous or imaginative than Operation Frankton'

With these words to instil a...

1139 – ‘Canada Tiger Venturer’ – Canada, Ontario

Unit: Pates Grammar School CCF
Location: Canada, Ontario
Date: July 2011
Activities: Canoeing

Outline:This Expedition built upon the previous successful expeditions run for both Pate's Grammar School CCF and the Army Cadet 150 Expedition last year. The aim of the Expedition was to complete an arduous and adventurous canoe journey in Algonquin Provincial Park. Delivering JSAT and BCU qualifications as part of the...

1122 – ‘Bavaria Ascent’ – Bavaria

Unit: 103 Bn REME (V)
Location: Bavaria
Date: July 2011
Activities: Canoeing/Rock Climbing/Trekking

103 Battalion Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME) is a Territorial Army unit which aims to provide support to all current operations by providing fully trained soldiers with a technically skilled ability ranging from vehicle mechanics to electronics technicians to work in high threat, arduous conditions.

On the 09 July 11, 30...

1089 – ‘Baidarka Explorer II’ – British Columbia, – Canda

Unit: Llandovery College CCF
Location: British Columbia, - Canda
Date: June 2011
Activities: Canoeing/Mountaineering/Trekking

Exercise Dragon Venturer Baidarka II was organised following the relative success of a similar exercise in 2010. The aim of the expedition was to give the cadets an experience of three outdoor activities in British Columbia. Two of these activities would involve camping in wilderness locations which presents a number...

1110 – ‘Junior Cadet Leadership Challenge’ – Boston, Massachusetts

Unit: Lordswood Boys School CCF
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Date: June 2011
Activities: Canoeing/Rock Climbing/Trekking

Following on from a successful visit to the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) based at East Boston High School (EBHS), earlier in the year, Lordswood CCF was invited to participate in the JROTC's Junior Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) held at Fort Devens, an active US military base, over the...

1156 – ‘Dragon Mountain Tack’ – UK: Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis

Unit: 101 Fs Bn REME
Location: UK: Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis
Date: June 2011
Activities: Mountaineering / Offshore Sailing

101 Force Support Battalion REME were set the challenge by the CO of conquering the Three Peaks and travelling to each peak by sail and bike – 'The Original 3 Peaks Challenge'.

The first task was to drive to Largs to collect Sirius, sourced from the RAF, and sail her...

1125 – ‘Ventura Nowshera’ – Ariege, Midi Pyrenees

Unit: Gloucestershire ACF
Location: Ariege, Midi Pyrenees
Date: May 2011
Activities: Multi

After 2 years of study, the culmination of the National Diploma in Public Services course is a 12 day trip to the Pyrenees in the south of France. For all of the students, who are also cadets with Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force, this is an opportunity for them to complete...

1092 – ‘Cockney Mgoun Summit’ – High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Unit: DRT, HQ London District
Location: High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Date: May 2011
Activities: Trekking

50mph winds and snow halt summit attempt On Mt Mgoun

Mt Mgoun is not well known but at 4068m/13,346’ it is the second highest peak in North Africa, second only to Mt Toubkal; both are in Morocco.

The aim for this rather mature group (average age was 50!) of Territorial’s was...