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Adriatic Lion 2019

Unit: University of Birmingham Air Squadron
Location: Croatia, Dalmation Coast
Date: June 2019
Activities: Sailing
Beginning with an early start on Saturday 22nd June, 12 Students and 4 staff members from the University of Birmingham Air Squadron ventured off to begin their 6-day offshore sailing expedition, taking place in the Adriatic Sea along the coast of Croatia. The students began with a range of abilities;...


Unit: Reserve - Royal Electircal & Mechanical Engineers
Location: Morocco - Toubkal National Park
Date: June 2019
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing.
Introduction: Ex NORTHERN ATLAS was a high altitude trekking expedition in Morocco’s Toubkal National Park. The expedition was conducted under a Defence Engagement Agreement between Morocco and the UK, with both nations assembling a team of fourteen to trek together in the Atlas Mountains. The main objective of the expedition was...

Northern Dalesman Paoli 2019

Unit: Yorkshire officers Training Regiment
Location: Cap Corse, Corsica, France
Date: April 2019
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Ex Northern Dalesman Paoli was a rock-climbing expedition taking place in Corsica, France in April 2019. The expedition took place over 11 days and was attended by 13 personnel. The first obstacle was to physically get to Corsica, and so 9 Officer Cadets and 1 member of staff set off at...

Finn Swift Singletrack 2019

Unit: 204 (North Irish) Field Hospital
Location: Sierra Nevada Mountains, Spain
Date: May 2019
Activities: Mountain Biking
Following an incredible mountain biking expedition in 2018, run by 204 (NI) Fd Hosp to the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain, the opportunity arose once more in 2019. 2 RIFLES were planning their own expedition and had some places available for 204 personnel. Knowing what we knew from our previous experience, on...

Frimley Glacier 2019

Unit: Cadet Training Centre Frimley Park
Location: Meribel (French Alps)
Date: February 2019
Activities: Skiing
What is CTC Frimley Park? CTC Frimley Park is the national cadet training centre based in Frimley, Surrey. We offer a variety of developmental and qualification courses to Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAV’s) primarily from the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and Combined Cadet Force (CCF) but places are also allocated to...

Canary Express 2018

Unit: 75 Engineer Regiment
Location: Spain, Lanzarote
Date: November 2018
Activities: Sailing
On 18th November 6 members of 75 Engineer Regiment Regt travelled to Lanzarote for Ex Canary Express 2018. The Joint Services Sail Training Centre had forward based a 47ft yacht in the Canary Islands. The aim of this was to enhance sailing and leadership skills through offshore sailing. After meeting the...

Dragon Corse 2 2018

Unit: 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital
Location: Corsica, France
Date: July 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring.
203 (Welsh) Field Hospital is an Army Reserve unit based in Cardiff with detachments locations spread across north and south Wales. The unit planned and ran Exercise Dragon Corse 2 which was a level 3 Adventure Training (AT) expedition to Corsica which ran from the 13th July 2018 to the...

Northern Integrated Serpent 2018

Unit: 203 Fd Hosp, 204 Fd Hosp, 207 Fd Hos, 208 Fd Hosp, 212 Fd Hosp,CRHQ RA, Tayforth UOTC
Location: USA, Grand Canyon (Arizona) and Mount Whitney (California)
Date: August 2018
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
Grand Canyon Phase. We never fully believed our team Mountain Leader, Maj Les Webb, when he told us about the early warning signs of an impending lightning strike. He briefed us that an early indication was head hair starting to go up in the air as it got increasingly charged...

Northern Amazon Serpent 2018

Unit: 225 Medical Regiment
Location: Brazil, Amazonia
Date: June 2018
Activities: Canoeing
Just over 24 months ago I was asked if I would be interested in attending an expedition in the Amazonian region of Northern Brazil. The idea had been proposed to a small group of senior officers from 225 Medical Regiment,...

Yeoman Amphibian 2018

Unit: Royal Armored Core, Royal Yeomanry, Queen's Own Yeomanry, Royal Dragoon Guards, Royal Welsh
Location: West Coast of Great Britian
Date: June 2018
Activities: Other, Multi,
The Three Peaks Yacht Race is one of the oldest and most remarkable multi-sport endurance races in the world. Over 4-5 days of racing, crews of five sail over 400 nautical miles in some of Europe’s toughest coastal waters, plus land legs featuring the highest peaks of Wales, England and...

Dragon Capel 2018

Unit: 203 Field Hospital
Location: Wales, Snowdonia
Date: April 2018
Activities: Sailing, trekking, mountain biking, caving
Exercise Dragon Capel was given to the name of 203 Welsh Field Hospital adventurous training phase of the Annual Camp 2018 happening at the end of April 2018 based out of Capel Curig training camp in the heart of the mountains of Snowdonia. The package offered participants a 5-day variety of...

Finn Tartan Ski 18

Unit: 105 Regt RA
Location: Austria
Date: March 2018
Activities: Skiing
On a crisp Friday morning, when most were contemplating their weekend plans, Gunners from across the UK prepared to embark east to the Austrian Alps; plans more exciting than most soldiers from 105 Regt, 101 Regt and 4 Regt RA departed from Scotland, England and Northern Ireland on Ex FINN...

Dragon Ecuadorian Odyssey

Unit: 135 Geo Sqn, 299 Para Sqn, 335 Med Evac Regt
Location: Ecuador, Cordillera Occidental Range of the Andes
Date: January 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing,
Julian Assange, quinoa, the equator and volcanoes seemed to top the ‘pub quiz’ answers connected to Ecuador. So when the question: ‘Do you want to go on an expedition to Ecuador?’ was asked the obvious answer to me was ‘Yes’. As a trained geography teacher who’d never quite managed to cross...

Dragon Cinto 2017

Unit: 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh (3 R WELSH)
Location: Vercors Region, France
Date: June 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
There’s a very good reason for the Foreign Legion having bases on the island of Corsica, it’s rugged, hot, mountainous and a challenge to all who want to operate there!  The island is traversed from Calenzana in the northwest to Conca in the southeast by the GR20, the toughest of...

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 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...

Exercise Northern Ypres Paccard – 75 Engineer Regiment

Unit: 75 Engineer Regiment
Location: France, Italy and Switzerland in the Mont Blanc Region
Date: June 2015
Activities: Mountaineering (Summer)
A “Very Polite” Walk in the Alps – Reservists on the Tour du Mont Blanc. By Sapper Kimberly Gee and Sapper Kofi Steele (Reservists with 75 Engineer Regiment, currently studying at Manchester Metropolitan University) When presented with the opportunity to attend Ex Northern Ypres Paccard, trekking the Northern half of the Tour...