Tag Archives: air training corps

Ex Western Winter – HQ Air Cadets

Unit: HQ Air Cadets
Location: Lochaber, Scotland
Date: February 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, rock climbing, trekking
On the evening of 26 February 17, 11 members of Air Cadet Organisation’s volunteer staff gathered at the Inchree lodges in Onich in the Western Highlands of Scotland with the objective of furthering their knowledge and experience of the British mountain environment. Two members of the team would be undertaking...

OYT Scotland West Coast Challenge – HQ Air Cadets

Unit: HQ Air Cadets
Location: Scotland West Coast
Date: August 2016
Activities: Offshore sailing
“Its 10pm now”, said the first mate, “what time do you want lights-out?” “10.30” came the response from the crew of senior cadets taking part in the annual Headquarters Air Cadets ‘West Coast Challenge’ offshore sailing expedition. Proof that the week on-board the Ocean Youth Trust Scotland ketch, Alba Venturer,...

Ex Golden Eagle One – 29 Norfolk & Suffolk Wing ATC Sqns

Unit: 29 Norfolk and Suffolk Wing ATC Sqns
Location: Rothiemurchus, Aviemore, Scotland
Date: October 2016
Activities: Hill walking, white water rafting, mountain biking, zip lining
During the last week of October 2016 65 Air Cadets and 23 members of staff from Norfolk & Suffolk Wing Air Training Corps mounted an Adventure Training expedition to Rothiemurchas Lodge, Aviemore in the heart of the Cairngorm Mountains overlooking Loch Morlich. The expedition provided life enhancing opportunities for young...

Ex Yukon Adventure – Sussex Wing ATC

Unit: Sussex Wing ATC
Location: Yukon, Canada
Date: August 2016
Activities: Canoeing
Between the 10th and 25th August 2016 eight cadets and four staff embarked on a Sussex Air Cadets led expedition deep into the Yukon Territory of Canada. The main thrust of the trip was a 369km self-sufficient paddle in Open Canoes from the maintenance camp on Quiet Lake to a...

Operation Global Dragon – Devon & Somerset Wing, Plymouth & Cornwall Wing ATC

Unit: Devon & Somerset Wing, Plymouth & Cornwall Wing ATC
Location: South Africa
Date: October 2015
Activities: Trekking, kayaking, mountain biking, community activities
In October 2015, 20 Air cadets and 6 members of staff had the amazing opportunity to attend an 18 day expedition in South Africa. The cadets and staff were from several squadrons throughout Devon & Somerset wing and Plymouth & Cornwall wing. This is a report of our adventures during our time...

Ex Toubkal Adventure 2015 – 2530 (Uckfield) and 19 (Crawley) Sqns ATC

Unit: 2530 (Uckfield) & 19 (Crawley) Sqns ATC
Location: Morocco (High Atlas Mountains)
Date: October 2015
Activities: Trekking, community work
Uckfield and Crawley Sqns have just returned from a two week expedition to Morocco thanks to kind sponsorship from the Ulysses Trust, the RAF Charitable Trust, and the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. The trip had two main aims, to summit the highest peak in the High Atlas Mountains, Jebel...

Expedition Red Maple Leaf 2015 – 1955 (City of Wells) Sqn ATC

Unit: 1955 City of Wells Sqn
Location: Canada
Date: August 2015
Activities: Canoeing, Trekking
On Tuesday 18th August 2015, 15 bright eyed and bushy tailed British Air Cadets from 1955 City of Wells Sqn set of on an adventure of a life time to Ontario Canada, flying into Toronto international Airport. We arrived at rush hour and our convoy wound its way around various...

Ex Blue Salt Blade 2015 – Devon and Somerset Air Training Corps

Unit: Devon & Somerset Wing ATC
Location: Cornwall
Date: August 2015
Activities: Sea kayaking
A Slice of Cornwall I need something different in the Adventure Training diary this year, something new, something challenging, something exciting. After a few hours searching the web I was on the phone to a very laid back South African accent which called itself Shaun, “Yes buddy, sure thing, we can...

Pyrenees Adventure 2015 – Cumbria and Lancashire Wing ATC

Unit: Cumbria and Lancashire Wing ATC
Location: Spain, Central Pyrenees, Benasque Valley
Date: August 2015
Activities: Trekking, kayaking, white water rafting
The overall aim of this overseas expedition was not only to teach the Cadets and Staff about adventurous training but also to teach them life skills in adapting to change within a new environment, teamwork and leadership. The Cadets were aged between 15 and 18 and both Cadets and Staff...

Pyrenees Trekking Expedition 2015 – 234 (City of Durham) Sqn ATC

Unit: 234 (City of Durham) Squadron ATC
Location: France - Pyrenees
Date: August 2015
Activities: Trekking
A team of 12 Air Cadets and 3 staff from 234 (City of Durham) Squadron have returned from the challenge of a lifetime, trekking in the French Pyrenees and summiting the mighty Pic du Canigou. It had taken 15 months of planning, fundraising and training, so when the Cadets arrived at...

Operation Vertex – 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron Air Training Corps

Unit: 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron ATC
Location: Pyrenees, France
Date: August 2015
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
It’s one of the toughest summits to reach in the Pyrenees. At a mighty 2784m above sea level combined with a 20m final sharp ascent, stunning views and a test of nerve, few mountains can rival the excitement of the Pic du Canigou in southern France. After 15 months of planning...

Exercise Mercantour 2015 – HQ Air Cadets

Unit: HQ Air Cadets
Location: Mercantour National Park Alpes-Maritimes France
Date: June 2015
Activities: Trekking
The overall aim of the expedition was designed to introduce and develop overseas leadership skills for adult volunteer staff by participation in a real 'expedition situation' where they are the participants. Each day was spent in the mountains developing technical, journeying and leadership skills in a demanding high alpine environment. The...

Exercise Northern Lights – 1998 (West Cross) Sqn RAF Cadets

Unit: 1998 (West Cross) Squadron ATC
Location: Sweden
Date: March 2015
Activities: Dog sledging, trekking
On the 15th March this year a team of fifteen air cadets and staff embarked on a 9 day expedition to Kiruna in the north of Sweden, deep in the Arctic Circle wilderness. After almost two years of fund raising and anticipation we were finally on our way to Stockholm...

Trek Pyrenees 2014 – 633 (West Swindon) Squadron ATC

Unit: 633 (West Swindon) Squadron ATC
Location: French/ Spainish Pyrenees
Date: July 2014
Activities: Climbing, walking, fundraising for chairty
This year’s planning for ‘Pyrenees 2014’ started with a shorter lead into than 2011 trek due to the experience and planning of other squadron activities, so back in November 2013, the initial letter went out and presentations by myself from the previous trek to encourage interest from the over 16’s....