Tag Archives: mountaineering

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...

Ex Dragon Toubkal 2017 – Cambridge University Officers’ Training Corps

Unit: Cambridge UOTC
Location: High Atlas, Morocco
Date: March 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, rock climbing
On the 22nd March 2017, Cambridge University Officers’ Training Corps (CUOTC) departed for a trekking expedition in the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco. The aim was to summit Jbel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. Our secondary aims included empowering officer cadets (OCdts) to embrace leadership roles and to give...

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 Northern Iberian Duke – 4 Lancs

Unit: 4LANCS
Location: Costa Blanca, Spain
Date: March 2016
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
‘No, there really is climbing on the Costa Blanca, I’ve been. It’s really rather good.’ The OC Major Kennon raised a quizzical brow and I crossed my fingers… Fast forward some months and after a late night brief, and even later night packing kit and travelling, we arrived bleary eyed in...

Ex Dragon Slim Corsica – UOTC Birmingham

Unit: UOTC Birmingham
Location: Corsica
Date: August 2015
Activities: Mountaineering, rock climbing
When the opportunity arose to hike the Northern section of the twentieth Grande Randonnée over the period 05-16 August, Officer Cadets at UOTC Birmingham leapt at the opportunity to further their mountaineering experience and prepared to embark on an eleven day route that has a reputation of being one of...

Ex Dragon Mongolian Odyssey – 135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers

Unit: 135 Geographic Sqn (V)
Location: Mongolia, Tavan Bogd Mountains
Date: August 2015
Activities: Mountaineering, Trekking, Exploration
Exercise Dragon Mongolian Odyssey was a mountaineering expedition undertaken by 10 members of 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic) to the Tavan Bogd Mountain Range on the Mongolia, China, Russian border, with the intention of qualifying junior soldiers with various mountain foundation qualifications, knowledge and experience. The location of the expedition was in...

Ex Falzarego Tiger – Exeter University Officer Training Corps

Unit: Exeter UOTC
Location: Dolomites, Italy
Date: August 2015
Activities: Mountaineering, rock climbing
As part of its role Exeter UOTC is tasked with organising high quality and demanding Adventurous Training for the Cadets.  This should deliver foundation qualifications but also give the Cadets exposure to just how demanding AT can be and how it can be used to develop personal qualities and teamwork. The...

Ex Northern Cutlers’ Climb – Sheffield University Officer Training Corps

Unit: Sheffield UOTC
Location: Triglav National Park, Slovenia
Date: August 2015
Activities: Mountaineering, rock climbing
At Sheffield University Officer Training Corps (SUOTC) we run an annual adventure training expedition for the cadets and subalterns reaching the end of their third and final year of OTC. This is the culmination of all their training and development and a ‘last hurrah’ before they embark on civilian and...

Ex Dragon Toubkal – 1st Military Working Dog Regiment

Unit: 1st Military Working Dogs Regiment
Location: Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Date: May 2015
Activities: Mountaineering, rock climbing
On the 16 May 15 selected members from all three squadrons of 1st Military Working Dog Regiment left the UK for Marrakech, Morocco. The aim of this exercise was to introduce us to the activity of mountaineering, by giving us the Summer Mountain Foundation course, and what better place to...

Ex Altiplano Tiger – Army Mountaineering Association

Unit: Army Mountaineering Association
Location: Bolivia - Cordillera Blanca
Date: June 2015
Activities: Mountaineering, rock climbing
On 1 June 2015 a group of 14 intrepid adventurists left the UK bound for the high mountains of the Bolivian Altiplano. Flying via Miami we eventually touched down in La Paz (4000m) after around 15 hours in the air. This Army Mountaineering Association (AMA) Expedition had an ambitious plan to...

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...

Exercise Northern Alpinista – Leeds University Officers’ Training Corps

Unit: Leeds University Officers' Training Corps
Location: Spain (Northern Pyrenees)
Date: July 2015
Activities: Trekking, Mountaineering
Exercise Northern Alpinista consisted of a two week mountaineering expedition to the Benasque valley region within the Spanish Pyrenees.  The expedition took place during July 2015 and was supported by 15 Officer Cadets (OCdts) from Leeds University Officers Training Corps and Regular and Reserve Forces instructors and staff.  The location...

Ex Dragon Formigal – 37 Signal Regt (V)

Unit: 37 Sig Regt
Location: Aragon, Pyrenees
Date: August 2014
Activities: Trekking, mountain biking
Exercise Dragon Formigal was a 37 Sig Regt adventurous training exercise in the Aragon region of the Spanish Pyrenees, held over the period 04-17 August 2014. The aim was to complete two treks along sections of the GR11 and to also introduce participants to mountain biking along some of the...

Ex Dragon Condor Emu – East Midlands UOTC

Unit: East Midlands UOTC
Location: Andes
Date: August 2014
Activities: Mountaineering (high altitude), trekking
Exercise CONDOR EMU saw nine Officer Cadets from EMUOTC summit four Andean mountains, with the aid of Maj Tolan (Alpine Mountain Leader) and Tte Saavedra (Bolivian Mountain Infantry).  During the month long expedition the team completed an acclimatisation phase at Illimani base camp (4500m), summited an acclimatisation peak (Janco Laya...

Exercise Northern Rocky Mountain Venturer – Yorkshire ACF and ATC Cadets

Unit: H&SY & Y(N&W) ACFs, C&EY & SEY Wings ATC
Location: Canada
Date: July 2014
Activities: Mountaineering (High Altitude), Mountaineering (Summer), Trekking
During July 2014, 8 staff and 13 cadets headed for British Columbia, Canada for a 26 day RFCA expedition, supported throughout by the Yorkshire Cadet Trust. It commenced almost 18 months ago with 60+ cadets vying to gain a place on the team. The selection process took place over Easter...

Ex Alaskan Bugle – 208 Field Hospital, 1 RIFLES, EMUOTC

Unit: 208 Field Hospital, 1 RIFLES, EMUOTC
Location: Denali National Park, Alaska, USA
Date: May 2014
Activities: Mountaineering (High Altitude)
Exercise ALASKAN BUGLE was an expedition for 12 members of 1 Rifles supported by two reservists Maj John Tolan (Alpine Mountain Leader) and Maj Kirsty Watson (Team Doctor).   The expedition aim was to climb Mt Denali at 6189m North America's highest peak.  The mountain is a serious challenge at the...

Exercise Bolivian Venture 2014 – 612 RAuxAF Sqn and 3 AEF

Unit: 612 RAuxAF Sqn and 3 AEF
Location: Bolivia/Peru - Northern Apolobamba Range of the Andes
Date: June 2014
Activities: Mountaineering (High Altitude)
Exercise BOLIVIAN VENTURE 2014 (BV14) was a major high altitude expedition to the Northern Cordillera Apolobamba region of Bolivia and Peru.  The expedition took place during the period 3 – 26 June 14 and consisted of twenty-eight personnel broken down into a trekking team of seven and a mountaineering team...