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Northern Purple Endeavor 2019

Unit: 51st HIGHLAND, 7th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Location: Norway, Rjukan
Date: March 2019
Activities: Skiing
Exercise Northern Purple Endeavor was a ten-day skiing expedition undertaken in March by members from across 7 SCOTS. It retraced the route Norwegian Saboteurs took during Operation Gunnerside, a daring operation by a small team of Norwegians who sabotaged an important Nazi heavy water plant – which was vital to...

Northern Aconcagua 2019

Unit: APC Glasgow
Location: Argentina
Date: February 2019
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Exercise Northern Aconcagua saw nine Army personnel deploy to Argentina in a bid to climb to summit Aconcagua, the highest peak outside the Himalayas at an altitude of 6,962m. This was a challenging and exciting opportunity for all members to attempt such a testing but non-technical trek. The challenge associated...

Viking Challenge 2019

Unit: First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (Princess Royal's Volunteer Corps)
Location: Norway (Oslo & Rjukan)
Date: March 2019
Activities: Skiing
Ex VIKING CHALLENGE was a Nordic skiing exercise which took place in the Telemark region of Norway between 15-24 March 2019. The aim of the exercise was threefold: First, to research and understand the historic FANY connection with Op Grouse and Op Gunnerside during World War II. Second, for the 15...

Northern Langtang Serpent 2019

Unit: HQ 2 Med Bde,203 Fd Hosp, 205 Fd Hosp, 207 Fd Hosp, 208 Fd Hosp, 212 Fd Hosp, 243 Fd Hosp, 256 Fd Hosp, MOSG
Location: Nepal, Langtang Valley
Date: February 2019
Activities: Trekking, Exploring.

A NEPALESE ODYSSEY

As the new year dawned 14 members of 2 Medical Brigade prepared for an expedition to the world renowned Langtang Valley in Nepal. This was the first time 2 Medical Brigade had run an expedition to Nepal and the first time many of the group had been to...

Dragon Kanchenjunga 2019

Unit: 37 Signal Regiment
Location: Nepal
Date: January 2019
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing,
Ex DRAGON KANCHENJUNGA  provided members of 37 Sig Regt with the chance to complete one of the most difficult and long trek in Nepal.  It allowed them to test their determination, team work, leadership skills and mental and physical robustness while trekking in the high mountains of Eastern Nepal to...

Great Pacific Race 2018

Unit: NRHQ RA
Location: USA, Pacific Ocean, Hawaii
Date: July 2018
Activities: Rowing
The objective was to break the world record for the fastest all-female crew to row across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii. Along with five other boats, the crew was to participate in the Great Pacific Race starting in June 2018. In a boat measuring seven metres, the aim...

Yorkshire Stingray

Unit: 4 Yorks
Location: Egypt (Red Sea)
Date: August 2018
Activities: Diving
This year's expedition was in Egypt, travelling to various sites across the Red Sea. I have done this expedition previously so was excited to do it again. The flight in felt like it took longer than it should have done, with screaming kids commenting every minute on what the plane was...

Reflective Saltire 2018

Unit: 102 Battalion REME
Location: France, Pyrenees
Date: July 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring,
EXPEDITION DIARY Prep Weekends (18-20 May & 30 Jun - 2 Jul 18) 1. In preparation for this expedition two training weekends were conducted in May and June to prepare and assess all potential participants ensuring that they were both physically and mentally up to the challenge. Both weekends were conducted from...

Cockney Abyss 2 2018

Unit: 106 Regiment Royal Artillery
Location: Malta
Date: December 2018
Activities: Diving
In December 2018, soldiers from 106 Regt RA deployed to Malta on Exercise Cockney Abyss 2 in order to gain BSAC scuba diving qualifications through the MOD Approved Centre Dive Deep Blue. Ninety percent of the team had absolutely no diving experience and were wondering how they would handle the new...

Northern Tartan Dive

Unit: 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Location: Malta
Date: October 2018
Activities: Diving
7 Scots Diving Trip Malta 22 Oct – 1 Nov 18 Diary by (LCpl Dickinson, LCpl Wang’oo, Pte Moffat This report on a Reservist adventure training sub aqua expedition to Malta would still have been in the planning stage were it not for the financial support of the Ulysses Trust to which we...

Freefall Fougasse 18

Unit: 42 Engr Regt (Geo), 254 (SGIS) Sigs Sqn, 65 Wks Gp, 162 Regt RLC
Location: Spain, Madrid
Date: October 2018
Activities: Parachuting, Parapenting,
Exercise Freefall Fougasse was a 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographical) (42 Engr Regt (Geo)) adventurous training (AT) expedition to Spain. The goal of AT is to be “challenging outdoor training for Service personnel in specified adventurous activities that incorporate controlled exposure to risk, in order to develop: leadership; teamwork; physical fitness;...

Cockney Medsail 2018

Unit: NRHQRA
Location: Sailing
Date: October 2018
Activities: Cyprus
In the early hours of Sunday 7th October members from the Woolwich based National Reserve Headquarters Royal Artillery (NRHQRA), embarked on Exercise COCKNEY MEDSAIL. This Adventurous Training Exercise comprised of four students overseen by two instructors and after quick introductions it was quickly apparent that except for the experienced Skipper,...

Cockney Slovenian Wolf 2018

Unit: NRHQ RA
Location: Slovenia - Julain Alps
Date: September 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring.
On Saturday 29 September 2018 a team of 10 Officers from National Reserve Headquarters Royal Artillery (NRHQRA), based out of our HQ at Woolwich, and a Reserve Private soldier from 203 Field Hospital RAMC in South Wales, assembled in the town of Bohinj-Bistrica in Slovenia to do some adventurous training...

Himalyan Fox 2018

Unit: Queen's Own Yeomanry
Location: Nepal - Mardi Himal
Date: October 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
On the 13th October 2018, 14 soldiers from the Queen’s Own Yeomanry deployed to Nepal for Ex Himalayan Fox; an 8-day trek in the Annapurna Region of Nepal to reach the basecamp of Mardi Himal at 4,500m. This particular expedition was a long time in the planning with the initial conversation...

(Northern) Gozo Diver

Unit: 156 Regiment RLC
Location: Gozo
Date: October 2018
Activities: Diving
Exercise (Northern) Gozo Diver was an Army Reserve led sub aqua diving expedition to Malta/Gozo over the dates 06 – 13 October 2018. The aim of the trip was to train up new British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) Ocean Divers and to allow the qualified safety divers to expand their...

Northern Black Maple 2018

Unit: 4PARA
Location: Canada
Date: September 2018
Activities: mountain biking, kayaking, white-water-rafting
It has been a busy period for the 4th Battalion the Parachute Regiment, from supporting our sister Regular Battalions on Exercise Joint Warrior to overseas exercises in the Ukraine and a two week Battle Camp in Sennybridge. So, what better way to reward soldier’s commitment and hard work than with...

Dragon Mansing 2018

Unit: 3RWELSH
Location: Annapurna, Central Nepal
Date: September 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
As part of the 2018 training year, eleven members of 3rd Battalion the Royal Welsh were lucky enough to have the opportunity to participate in adventure training in the Himalaya of Nepal and the Annapurna Circuit. We departed from Heathrow in the early hours of Friday 14th of September and arrived...

Dragon Castle Adventure 2018

Unit: 103 Bn REME (V)
Location: France, Corsica
Date: September 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
On 6th of September 12 members of 103 battalion REME set out on Exercise Castle Adventure to the island of Corsica to conquer the northern half of the GR20 route. The route is claimed to be one of the toughest treks in Europe and we were about to find out...