Latest Expedition Reports

1029 – ‘Tiger Karakoram’ – Himachal Pradesh, India

Unit: Oxford University OTC, University of London OTC & 72 Engr Regt
Location: Himachal Pradesh, India
Date: October 2010
Activities: Mountaineering

In early October, eleven of us set off for the Indian Himalayas, with the aim of climbing several previously unclimbed and unnamed mountains around 6000m in height. The team was made up of a broad spread of ranks and units, both TA and regular.

After arrival in Delhi, we picked up...

1017 – ‘Mulberry Paddle’ – Alberta

Unit: 165 Port Regt RLC(V)
Location: Alberta
Date: September 2010
Activities: Canoeing
On the 18th Sept 10, 10 personnel from 165 Port Regt and 2 personnel from 17 Port and Maritime Regt departed from Heathrow to Edmonton in Alberta, Canada for expedition Mulberry Paddle. After the eight hour flight, we were met by Lt Lisa Bayduza, Commanding officer of 2995 Lac La...

1019 – ‘Western Stretch’ – Devon

Unit: 7TH Battalion The Rifles
Location: Devon
Date: September 2010
Activities: Multi-activity
7 Battalion The Rifles deployed on their Annual Training Period to Oakhampton camp for 2 weeks on 10th Sep to consolidate and confirm training that had been taking place throughout the year. In order to give the soldiers some much needed R&R from the mainly range based activities, it was...

1021 – ‘Venturer Red Tiger’ – Spain, Los Picos National Park

Unit: Bristol, Devon, Glamorgan and Somerset ACFs
Location: Spain, Los Picos National Park
Date: September 2010
Activities: Multi

For the 13th successive year, Major David Waterworth, Devon ACF's Cadet Executive Officer, organised and ran an Adventure Training expedition to the Los Picos Mountains of Northern Spain. Once again the Ulysses Trust awarded a very generous grant which kept the cost to the individual Cadets and Adult Instructors...

1023 – ‘Wandering Wyverns’ – Devon

Unit: 155 (Wessex) Transport Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers)
Location: Devon
Date: September 2010
Activities: Trekking
A group of 14 intrepid adventurers deployed to the most northerly point of the North Devon coast on Saturday 25 September 2010. With the sun shining and our spirits high, we were all excitedly looking forward to finding out what the coming days and 120 miles would bring. Starting off at...

1025 – ‘499 Padi’ – Spain – Alicante

Unit: 499 Port Talbot Squadron ATC
Location: Spain - Alicante
Date: September 2010
Activities: Diving

Dive One:

Dive One:

Our first dive consisted of becoming familiar with all the diving apparatus and diving techniques. The previous day we had been issued with all our equipment to save time so we could have more time in the water. Also our dive instructor gave us an overview...

1016 – ‘Cockney Grande Randonee’ – Mont Blanc Tour

Unit: 256 (City of London) Field Hospital
Location: Mont Blanc Tour
Date: August 2010
Activities: Mountaineering

In September 2010 256 Field hospital (volunteers) deployed a group of seven on an expedition of the Mont Blanc mountain range, a famous long distance trek at altitude. Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Europe (4807m), the mountain range has 400 summits, more than 40 glaciers, and crosses...

994 – ‘Northern Icelandic Venturer’ – Iceland

Unit: Queen Ethelburgas College CCF
Location: Iceland
Date: August 2010
Activities: Mountaineering

An Icelandic proverb: If you don't like the weather, wait a minute! After a couple of hours' kip on the floor of Stansted Airport and an uneventful flight to Keflavik, five cadets and three staff from Queen Ethelburga's College CCF set up their first camp in Reykjavik at the...

957 – ‘Norway Challenge’ – North Sea

Unit: HQ Air Cadets.
Location: North Sea
Date: August 2010
Activities: Offshore Sailing

On the 6th August 2010 eleven cadets and two staff joined the Ocean Youth Trust (OYT) Scotland challenge vessel 'Alba Endeavour' for the start of an exciting adventure which would take them across the North Sea into the Fjords of Norway and back through stormy conditions to Edinburgh.

Often the question...

996 – ‘Northern Cutlers Challenge’ – Dolomites, Italy

Unit: Sheffield OTC
Location: Dolomites, Italy
Date: August 2010
Activities: Mountaineering
Between August 3rd and August 12th, Sheffield UOTC took 16 intrepid Officer Cadets to Cortina d'Ampezzo, in the midst of the Dolomite Mountains in Italy. The purpose of this expedition was to introduce the group to the climbing methods of via ferratta, where one climbs up the side of a...

997 – ‘Dragon Venturer Ecrin’ – France

Unit: DRAGON VENTURER ARDECHE
Location: France
Date: August 2010
Activities: Mountaineering

Every Leader knows that an expedition never entirely unfolds according to the plan and that the inevitable curved ball or two is to be expected. Co-ordinating two expeditions travelling to France on the same day with a multitude of pick up points collecting eighteen canoeists and ten mountaineers on route...

967 – ‘Cockney Oceanic’ – UK to Portugal

Unit: University Of London OTC
Location: UK to Portugal
Date: August 2010
Activities: Offshore Sailing

Cockney Oceanic was a Sailing Expedition with the ULOTC on a Nicholson 55 that took place in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, France, Bay of Biscay, Spain and Portugal from 27 August to 24 September 2010.

Divided into two legs, it saw 22 participants in total; 4 Skippers and 18...

1022 – ‘Dolpo 10’ – Nepal, Upper Dolpo Region

Unit: HQ Air Cadets
Location: Nepal, Upper Dolpo Region
Date: August 2010
Activities: Trekking

In September 2010, four adult staff and a 19 year old cadet of the Air Training Corps, all experienced and strong walkers, embarked on a 14 day trek through Upper Dolpa, Nepal; a very remote, sparsely populated, poor, culturally Tibetan Himalayan region; the route included three passes above 5000...

969 – ‘Dragon Salty Spray’ – UK, France

Unit: East Midlands UOTC
Location: UK, France
Date: August 2010
Activities: Offshore Sailing

Monday 2nd August Crew collected foul weather clothing - oillies and willies, and further safety briefings were conducted. In the afternoon we practiced coming-alongside drills in the marina and set off into the Solent for some sail training, practising man-overboard drills and tacking the boat. Sailed down the Solent to...

1001 – ‘Lung Buster’ – Alps, Haute Route

Unit: Oxford University Air Squadron
Location: Alps - Haute Route
Date: August 2010
Activities: Mountaineering
The weather and views were stunning, and the long walk provided an excellent opportunity to acclimate ourselves to our ice gear and to practice the principles that would keep us safe while journeying across ice and crevasses for the duration of the trip. The gradual ascent became quite steep as...

‘Freedom Drift’ – Solent

Unit: Bristol University Officers Training Corps
Location: Solent
Date: August 2010
Activities: Sailing
On the 2-8th August Bristol University Officers Training Corp was fortunate to send twelve Officer Cadets yacht sailing in the Solent area on the south coast. The weather was excellent and the Solent was full to bursting with crafts of all types hoping to enjoy the festival of Cowes week....

920 – ‘Cadet 150 Lesotho’ – Lesotho

Unit: HQ LF Cadets
Location: Lesotho
Date: July 2010
Activities: Trekking

Introduction

On 25 July 2010, 59 cadets from the three services, accompanied by 10 adult staff, a doctor and a Media Ops man, set out for Lesotho on a major adventurous training exercise as part of the Cadet 150 celebrations, returning home on 18 August. The expedition provided a challenging and...

926 – ‘Ace Canada’ – Ontario

Unit: Pate's Grammar School CCF
Location: Ontario
Date: July 2010
Activities: Canoeing

Outline:

This Expedition was put together as part of the Cadet 150 celebrations. The aim of the Expedition was to complete an arduous and adventurous canoe journey circumnavigating Algonquin Provincial Park, delivering JSAT and BCU qualifications as part of the journey and to give adult instructors the experience they need to...