Tag Archives: reservist

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...

Kabek Bugle Tiger 2018

Unit: 6 RIFLES
Location: Georgia, South Caucasus
Date: August 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing,
British Army team train with Georgian Army on Mt Kazbek (5,047m) in the Southern Caucusus In September 2018 a team from 6 RIFLES deployed to the Southern Caucasus to conduct a high-altitude Mountaineering expedition alongside the Georgian army. Their objective was summitting the renowned Mt Kazbek (5,047m) in Georgia.  This celebrated...

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...