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Yeoman Amphibian 2017 – Royal Yeomanry & Queen’s Own Yeomanry

Unit: Royal Yeomanry, Queen's Own Yeomanry
Location: UK
Date: June 2017
Activities: Sailing, running
It was to the beat of Welsh drums that the RNLI Lifeboat led Ajax and 13 other boats out of the harbour to the start line of the Three Peaks Yacht Race, while several hundred spectators watched the spectacle from across the broad Barmouth sands. The Three Peaks is the original...

Northern Sierra – 154 (Scottish) Transport Regiment RLC

Unit: 154 (Scottish) Transport Regiment RLC
Location: Spain, Andalucia
Date: May 2017
Activities: Mountain Biking
In late May 2017, after a 6 month build up period, 20 members of 154 Regiment set out from Scotland bound for Granada in Southern Spain and a week-long Mountain-biking expedition. The membership of this group represented the Regiment’s Reserve make-up in almost perfect microcosm; 6 Girls and 14 Guys;...

Gurkha Everest Expedition 2017 – HQBG

Unit: HQBG
Location: Nepal, Mount Everest
Date: May 2017
Activities: Mountaineering
‘On 16th May at 0650 we made it to the top of the world, Mt Everest, and I was so happy I can’t express what I was feeling.’ LCpl Umesh Gurung, 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles The Gurkha Everest Expedition has given a unique opportunity to 22 members of the...

Finn Sappersoaker 2017 – 71 Engr Regt

Unit: 71 Engr Regt
Location: Belize
Date: April 2017
Activities: Canoeing, diving
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever” - Jacques Yves Cousteau 27 soldiers from 71 Royal Engineer Regiment have completed a two week multi activity expedition to Belize. Meeting in Heathrow on Easter Monday 2017 after travelling from Northern Ireland and Scotland, 12 divers...

Ex Castle Adventure 17 – 104 Bn REME

Unit: 104 Bn REME
Location: Peru
Date: March 2017
Activities: Trekking
26th March 2017, 14 regular and reserve personnel from 104Bn REME embarked on an expedition to Machu Picchu in Peru. The following 14 days were an odyssey of lost boarding cards, inexplicable bag searches, contraband tent pegs, a naked man in the airport and mountains. Lots of mountains. The journey...

Ex Ice Diamond 2017 – RAMC, HAC, 32 Sigs

Unit: RAMC, HAC, 32 Sigs
Location: Hardangervidda, Norway
Date: February 2017
Activities: Skiing
Exercise ICE MAIDEN, the first all-female military transantarctic crossing planned for November 2017, is the vision of expedition leaders Major Nicola Wetherill and Major Natalie Taylor. The two adventurous Army doctors hope that the expedition will inspire others, particularly women, to seek adventure and to engage in arduous outdoor...

Dragon Polar Pilgrim (SPEAR 17)

Unit: British Army Reserves
Location: Antarctica
Date: November 2016
Activities: Skiing
Ex DRAGON POLAR PILGRIM (also referred to as SPEAR17, South Pole Expedition Army Reserves 2017) first came into being over two years ago in November 2014. The original plan was for a team of Army Reserves to ski 730 miles from the coastline of Antarctica to the geographic South Pole....

Ex Dragon Gozo Eagle – various British Army units

Unit: 580 Sqn, 157 Regt RLC. SSW, MOD A Block
Location: Gozo, Malta
Date: June 2016
Activities: Diving
On the 4th June 2016 11 divers set off for the small Island of Gozo. The expedition was made up of various ranks from Private to Captain, all of whom were looking forward to progressing their diver training, refresh their skills or just get back in the water. My participation on...

Ex Cockney Phoenix Fall – British Army Reserves

Unit: 71 Y Sig Regt, 14 Sig Regt (EW), 16 Sig Regt
Location: Lake Elsinore, California, USA
Date: October 2016
Activities: Parachuting, Parapenting
It was a crisp October morning as we headed down to Netheravon to meet the rest of the exped participants and collect our parachuting equipment.  This would be the first time we would all meet as the exped comprised of both Regulars and Reservists from 3, 14, 16, 37 &...

Ex Ubique Finn 2016 – 71 Engineer Regiment

Unit: 71 Engr Regt
Location: Spain
Date: May 2016
Activities: Mountaineering, mountain biking, rock climbing
Exercise Ubique Finn (ID 02005) took place in the mountain regions north of Malaga between 14th-21st May 2016. Taking part in the exercise where 17 reserve troops from 71 Engineer Regiment comprising of personal from 102 (Paisley), 124 (Edinburgh) and 591 (Bangor) Squadrons. The pasty white Celtic troops travelled from...

Ex Ice Ready – British Army Reservists

Unit: 5MI, HAC, 7 Rifles
Location: Lakselv, Norway
Date: November 2016
Activities: Skiing
Exercise ICE MAIDEN, the first all-female military transantarctic crossing planned for November 2017, is the vision of expedition leaders Major Nicola Wetherill and Major Natalie Taylor.  The two adventurous Army doctors hope that the expedition will inspire others, particularly women, to seek adventure and to engage in arduous outdoor activity. ...

Ex Cockney Abyss – 106 Regt RA

Unit: 106 Regt RA
Location: Malta
Date: April 2016
Activities: Diving
Following the 2016 Easter period, 106 Regiment Royal Artillery travelled to sunny Malta to commence Exercise Cockney Abyss, a SCUBA diving expedition aimed at developing competency and confidence in the sub aqua discipline. Nine troops enjoyed a challenging and rewarding endeavour in which they were able to develop their diving...

Ex Northern Plunge – 37 Sig Regt, 1 JSSU + 208 Field Hospital

Unit: 37 Sig Regt, 1JSSU, 208 Field Hospital
Location: Cyprus, local areas
Date: November 2016
Activities: Diving
For most of us Exercise Northern Plunge started back in August 2016 when the fourteen intrepid explorers of 37 Signal Regiment were despatched to Army Medical Centres to undergo fitness to dive medicals. Certified fit (and for the most part human) we were all keen for November to come while...

Ex Northern Backcountry Sapper – 39 Engineer Regiment + 71 Engineer Regiment

Unit: 39 Engineer Regiment, 71 Engineer Regiment
Location: Banff National Park, Canada
Date: March 2016
Activities: Skiing
Potential candidates were warned from the start that Ex BACKCOUNTRY SAPPER 16 was to be an Adventurous Training expedition unlike any other.  ‘This will not be a jolly.’ the email read and whilst that may have been enough to put many others off, it only appealed to me further.  Headed...

Ex Northern Blue Juice – The Queen’s Own Yeomanry

Unit: Queen's Own Yeomanry
Location: Spain, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Date: October 2016
Activities: Diving
In October 2016 The Queen’s Own Yeomanry and a selection from other Reservist units, deployed on Exercise Northern Blue Juice to Fuerteventura. The aim of the expedition was to conduct diver training and to qualify all participants in either the BSAC Ocean Diver or Sports Diver. We were...

Tiger Toubkal – Royal Signals

Unit: Royal Signals
Location: Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Date: September 2016
Activities: Mountaineering, rock climbing
The Atlas mountains are, at first look, forbidding and hostile. The weather conditions are changeable and the environment inhospitable to people, animals and vegetation. Over the duration of the two-week expedition the team got to know the people, the terrain and learned much about the Berber culture and...

Ex Northern Gozo – 32 Signal Regiment

Unit: 32 Signal Regiment
Location: Malta
Date: October 2016
Activities: Diving, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Exercise Northern Gozo was an extremely successful level 3 Adventure Training exercise to the beautiful island of Malta, for 14 Officers and soldiers from 32 Signal Regiment. The aim of the exercise was to undertake two one week foundation level courses in Rock Climbing and Sub Aqua Diving, to continue to...