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Tiger Alpinae Experientia 18

Unit: 103REME, NRHQRA, 201 Field Hospital, 1ISRX
Location: Alps - France, Italy, Switzerland
Date: August 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing.
The Aim of Exercise Tiger Alpinae Experientia 18 was to conduct a Level 3 Arduous Trekking and Alpine Mountaineering event in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. Adventurous Training is core activity (strategic/essential activity) and this exercise helped develop psychological resilience. This exercise enhanced the Battlefield Discipline Sub-Skills of the...

Finn Glacier 2018

Unit: 152 (NI) Regt RLC
Location: France, Chamonix, Mont Blanc
Date: August 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Trekking, Exploring, Other, Multi,
Exercise FINN GLACIER was a 152 (North Irish) Regiment Type 3 mountaineering expedition to Chamonix, France, 21 – 28 Aug 18. Activities included a two day Alpine Mountaineering expedition up into the Mer de Glace glacier, Alpine Trekking on both sides of the Chamonix Valley, Rock Climbing at Les Gaillands...

Northern Alpine Fusilier 50 2018

Unit: 1RRF, 5RRF
Location: Switzerland, Swiss Alps
Date: August 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing,
The 5th August saw 7 Fusiliers deploy on Exercise NORTHERN - ALPINE FUSILIER 50, a summer mountaineering expedition to the Swiss Alps for 15 days. The expedition was conceived in celebration of the Regiment’s 50th birthday and included 5 reservists and 2 regulars in a year where our battalions were...

Finn O’Leary 18

Unit: 2 R IRISH
Location: French Pyrenees
Date: July 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
This was 2 R IRISH’s main Type 3 AT activity for the current trg yr and was designed to give all serving members the opportunity to experience an arduous trek in a completely new area.  13 members of 2 R IRISH took part and they were joined by three members...

Tiger Pacific Longbow 2018

Unit: INT CORPS (including personnel from Regular and Reserve Bns)
Location: Atlantic crossing: Canada to Iceland
Date: July 2018
Activities: Sailing
Our journey starts at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and finishes at Reykjavik, Iceland. Day 1 (JSASTC, Gosport, 9 Jul 18) Five odd things we’ve learnt as we prepare to sail across the Atlantic Ocean (authored by LCpl Rebecca Lefort) Exercise PACIFIC LONGBOW is the British Army’s major adventurous training sailing exercise, circumnavigating the Atlantic...

Northern Chamonix Climber 2018

Unit: 104 Regt RA, Joint Cyber Unit, 210 Fd Hospital
Location: Chamonix, France
Date: July 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing,
My first military trip to the Alps was on the Joint Services Alpine Meet, staged from a campsite in Saas Grund in 2009. It was run slightly differently to previous iterations in as much that the Joint Services Mountain Training Centre had intervened to assist. Little did I know at...

Northern Dolomite 2018

Unit: 71 Engineer Regiment
Location: Italy, Dolomites region
Date: July 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
Ex NORTHERN DOLOMITE was a trekking expedition conducted in the Dolomite mountains of Northern Italy. Amongst glorious Italian scenery, 20 regular and reserve soldiers (16 from 71 Engineer Regiment) covered over 6,000m of ascent (and the reciprocal knee buckling descent) over a 7-day expedition. The temperature and the gradient of...

Dragon Lapone 2018

Location: Northern (sub-arctic) Sweden
Date: July 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring,
The Kungsleden (King’s Trail) in Northern Sweden is 460km in length and is the best known trail in that country. Over its length it traverses high mountains, open fell, forest and also crosses a number of lakes. It was to the most northerly section, 250km within the Arctic Circle that...

Dragon Barbarian Odyssey 2

Unit: 159 Regt RLC
Location: Cyprus
Date: June 2018
Activities: Diving
“When I started this adventure, I did not think after a week’s training, it would be so natural to be in an environment so alien to me. I was left literally breathless in its beauty and gasping for more!!” WO2 Wayne Dunn
On 23rd June, 11 reservists and one regular soldier boarded...

Tiger Heights 2018

Unit: 77 Brigade (a specialist hybrid unit)
Location: Italy. Dolomites National Park
Date: July 2018
Activities: Other, Multi.
In July 2018, a group of regular and reservist personnel from 77th Brigade travelled to the stunning Dolomites mountain range in Italy for a demanding adventurous training week – Exercise Tiger Heights 2018. The adventure training provided an ideal opportunity to test members of the brigade against the challenging terrain of...

Cockney Yeoman Buccaneer 2018

Unit: The Royal Yeomanry, 158 Regt RLC, East Midlands UOTC, Durham ACF, The Royal Lancers
Location: UK & The Republic of Ireland
Date: June 2018
Activities: Sailing
Exercise COCKNEY YEOMAN BUCCANEER was an adventurous training (AT) exercise down the west coast of Great Britain using the Royal Armoured Corps’ yacht, Ajax, from the 16th to the 28th June 2018.  It was designed to introduce novices to the joys of sailing (myself included) in a two stage journey,...

Ice Maiden 2017

Unit: HAC, RAMC, 37 Sigs
Location: South Pole, Antarctica
Date: November 2017
Activities: Skiing, Trekking, Exploring
Reservist Sophie Montagne, shares her experiences of this ground-breaking expedition across Antarctica, proudly supported by the Ulysses Trust. As we touched down on the blue ice runway of Union Glacier base camp and the Ilyushin plane’s doors opened, we braced ourselves for that first blast of the Antarctic chill. But it...

HMS Wildfire

Unit: HMS Wildfire
Location: UK (Solent) & English Channel
Date: April 2018
Activities: Sailing
HMS WILDFIRE typically runs 2 sailing expeditions (SAILEXs) per year in April and October to fit around the unit’s busy summer training programme. The first of these this year was a long weekend in the Solent from 26 – 29 April. A Halberg Rassey 342, SKUA, was used from Joint...

Northern Andes Serpent 2017

Unit: HQ 2 Med Bde, 201 Fd Hosp,202 Fd Hosp, 203 Fd Hosp, 204 Fd Hosp, 205 Fd Hosp, 207 Fd Hosp, 208 Fd Hosp, 256 Fd Hosp,306 HSR, 103 Regt RA, Oxford UOTC, Southampton UOTC, Tayforth UOTC, Navy CSAV Reserves, 22 Fd Hosp, 34 Fd Hosp
Location: Chile
Date: July 2017
Activities: Skiing
EXPEDITION 1: Dates: 15th – 31st July 2017 Through July and August 2017, 28 enthusiastic participants, mostly deriving from HQ 2nd Medical Brigade, embarked on an adventure to the southern hemisphere, between latitudes 33’ and 41’ in the high Andes of Chile to conquer snow covered volcanoes on skis. It...

Bavarian Eagle 2017

Unit: National Reserve Headquarters Royal Artillery (NRHQ RA)
Location: Germany - Bavaria
Date: September 2017
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
As Europe returned to work after the summer holidays, officers from National Reserve Headquarters Royal Artillery (NRHQ RA) headed south on Exercise BAVARIAN EAGLE. We were bound for Haus Magnus in Wertach, which incidentally, is a comfortable, well run Adventurous Training Group (ATG) lodge ideally placed for mountain hiking in...

Wesslighthouse 2017

Unit: The Royal Wessex Yeomanry
Location: English Channel / Irish Sea
Date: August 2017
Activities: Sailing
The Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 was the largest offshore yacht race in history, featuring some 400 yachts and 3000 crew members from 29 countries, competing over a 1120km course from Cowes to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock off the Southern Irish coast. Thanks largely to the Ulysses Trust’s generous sponsorship...

Tiger Alpine Bull 2017

Unit: 11 infantry brigade and HQ South East
Location: Switzerland
Date: July 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing/Trekking, Exploring
The Upper Valais region in Switzerland, with routes up to 3,000 meters altitude and surrounding the magnificent Groesser Aletsch Glacier, was selected for a summer mountaineering expedition, exercise ALPINE BULL, which took place between 24th and 30th July 2017. Twelve personnel with a mixture of background, qualifications, and experience from 11...

Shamrock Glacier 2017

Unit: 2 R IRISH
Location: Chamonix, France
Date: June 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Introduction On the 16th June 17, myself and a team of mountaineers left Northern Ireland heading to Chamonix, France for what would be one of the most memorial experiences of my life.  Flying into Lyon it was late evening when we arrived in Chamonix. Despite the long journey, seeing the mansion...