Latest Expedition Reports

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...

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...

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...

1066 – ‘Lynx Glacier 2’ – Austria

Unit: 39 Signal Regiment (Volunteers)
Location: Austria
Date: February 2011
Activities: Skiing

30 members of 39th Signal Regiment (Volunteers) completed a seven day skiing exercise in Zell-am-Zee in Austria in February 2011. Exercise Lynx Glacier allowed TA soldiers of all different levels to learn and in some cases improve their skiing skills in a demanding and challenging environment. For five soldiers it...

67-8 – ‘Skiccat’ – Skicadet 1 and 2′, Bavaria

Unit: Cadet Centre for Adventurous Training (CCAT)
Location: Skicadet 1 and 2', Bavaria
Date: February 2011
Activities: Skiing

The aim to the expeditions was to introduce Alpine Ski Touring and pisted skiing to Cadets and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAV's) from the ACF, CCF and ATC, further develop those who have previous experience and provide an opportunity for CFAV's to gain an instructor qualification or revalidate existing qualifications.

This...

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...

1055 – ‘Alpine Adventure’ – Allgau, Germany

Unit: London Area Sea Cadets
Location: Allgau, Germany
Date: February 2011
Activities: Snowshoeing

In February 2011, Sea Cadets & Royal Marine Cadets and staff from London and Southern Area joined together to take part in the annual Exercise Alpine Adventure. They travelled by coach to Bavaria in Southern Germany, staying in the town of Bad Hindelang.

Once in Bavaria, the cadets undertook a six-day...

1063 – ‘Alpine Slide’ – S Germany

Unit: 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment
Location: S Germany
Date: February 2011
Activities: Skiing

Following the 24 hour journey by mini bus the 4 Yorks team arrived in Sonthofen in the Allgäu region of Germany, ready to attempt the Basic Ski Proficiency Alpine qualification. What was left of the arrival day consisted of signing out the necessary equipment and settling into the accommodation.

The exercise...

1040 – ‘152 Ski’ – Ruhpolding, Germany

Unit: 152 (U) Tpt Regt RLC (V)
Location: Ruhpolding, Germany
Date: February 2011
Activities: Skiing

For those of you who are unaware, nordic skiing is not "just like walking" Capt Elvina McCullough. It takes a great deal of effort, coordination, strength and endurance, not to mention courage!

In February 152 sent a nordic skiing team to Ruhploding in Germany for Ex Ski RLC. The brave and...

1043 – ‘White Dragon’ – Austria

Unit: 104 Regt RA (V)
Location: Austria
Date: January 2011
Activities: Skiing

Prior to its deployment on Operation Tosca (United Nations tour of Cyprus), members of 104 Regt RA (V) travelled to Mittersill, Austria, to embark upon Exercise White Dragon, an adventure exercise combining both alpine skiing and ski touring.

After skilfully managing to fit all our luggage and ski equipment into...

1045 – ‘Northern Geo Adventure’ – France

Unit: 32 Signal Regiment (V)
Location: France
Date: January 2011
Activities: Skiing

If you're craving the kind of excitement you can't get from a nine-to-five job, the Territorial Army could be just what you're looking for.

Members of 32 Signal Regiment (Volunteers) had a taste of that real excitement.

They've left their civilian jobs behind temporarily, to be part of EXERCISE NORTHERN GEO...

1075 – ‘Antarctic Odyssey’ – Antarctica

Unit: HQ ATG(A)
Location: Antarctica
Date: January 2011
Activities: Mountaineering

Expedition ANTARCTIC ODYSSEY 11 was part of a Reserve Forces adventurous training project to climb the '7 Summits' comprising the highest mountain in every continent; a challenge yet to be achieved by any military organisation. The project is jointly patroned by the Duke of Westminster and Sir Chris Bonnington and...

1009 – ‘White Sentinel Tiger’ – Aconcagua, Andes

Unit: 655 Sqn AAC (V)
Location: Aconcagua, Andes
Date: January 2011
Activities: Mountaineering

My love hate relationship with this 4.3 mile high summit started in 2007 whilst still serving as a regular Army Air Corps soldier, 5 years later as a Territorial Army Air Corps soldier and full time mountain guide this pile of ancient rock, scree, ice and snow is still testing...

1051 – ‘Northern Wanderer’ – Norway

Unit: Tayforth University Officer Training Corps
Location: Norway
Date: January 2011
Activities: Ski Touring

Exercise Northern Wanderer conducted by Tayforth University Officer Training Corps (UOTC) was both ambitious and challenging in scale and scope. The exercise took place above Rjukan in the Telemark region of Norway over the period 3rd January to 10th February 2011 and drew Officer Cadets from St Andrews, Dundee, Stirling...

1079 – ‘Canary Gold’ – Canary Islands

Unit: 5 RRF
Location: Canary Islands
Date: January 2011
Activities: Offshore Sailing

After a trouble free flight to Lanzarote, the ten-strong crew arrived at Puerto Calero to embark on HM Sailing Training Vessel KUKRI, a Nicholson 55 cruising yacht, and to meet the Skipper. The first full day was taken up with finding our way around the boat, stowing the mountain of...