Tag Archives: trekking

Ten Tors Challenge 2017 – Plymouth & Cornwall Wing ATC

Unit: Plymouth & Cornwall Wing Air Training Corps
Location: Dartmoor
Date: May 2017
Activities: Trekking
Plymouth and Cornwall Wing of the RAF Air Cadets spreads from Okehampton and Kingsbridge in the East to Hayle in the West and covers some of the more deprived wards in the country. The Wing has always prided itself in making activities available to all cadets regardless of their family...

Western Winter – HQ Air Cadets

Unit: HQ Air Cadets
Location: Lochaber, Scotland
Date: February 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, rock climbing, trekking
On the evening of 26 February 17, 11 members of Air Cadet Organisation’s volunteer staff gathered at the Inchree lodges in Onich in the Western Highlands of Scotland with the objective of furthering their knowledge and experience of the British mountain environment. Two members of the team would be undertaking...

Ex KwaZulu-Natal Venturer – ACF and CCF (Army)

Unit: ACF & CCF (Army)
Location: South Africa
Date: July 2016
Activities: Trekking
This ambitious, adventurous and demanding expedition is one of the most successful mounted by the Army Cadet movement following two years of planning.  It comprised of two independent groups sub-divided into the three AT activity teams – the Tugela River descent and the Drackensberg and Zulu Trail treks.  The ethos...

Ex Dragon Steel Corsica – 3rd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment

Unit: 3rd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment
Location: Corsica, France
Date: July 2016
Activities: Rock Climbing, Trekking
If you look up the GR20 online you will see it described as “the toughest long distance trail in Europe”. Spanning 300 miles and crossing Corsica from Calenzana in the north to Conca in the south the GR20 crosses some of the most spectacular mountain terrain in Europe and is...

Ex Georgian Bugle – 6 Rifles

Unit: 6 Rifles
Location: Adjara Region of Georgia
Date: September 2015
Activities: Trekking
Exercise GEORGIAN BUGLE was 6 RIFLES and the British Military’s first adventure training expedition to Georgia.  This came about as 6 RIFLES have been given the Defence Engagement role for the South Caucasus's which include Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. As the Expedition Leader I went out to Georgia in May 15...

Ex Midnight Sun – Bristol University Air Squadron

Unit: Bristol University Air Squadron
Location: Iceland
Date: August 2015
Activities: Cycling, Trekking
Bristol University Air Squadron deployed to Iceland on EX MIDNIGHT SUN to carry out a cycling and walking tour of the Golden Circle. The initial plan was to fly out to Iceland to then cycle a route starting from Reykjavik, travelling into the Landmannalaugar National Park. We would then return...

Ex Northern Brighella – 201 Field Hospital

Unit: 201 Field Hospital
Location: Sierra Nevada, Spain
Date: September 2015
Activities: Trekking
On 05 September 2015 a team from 201 Field Hospital embarked on Exercise Northern Brighella. Adventurous Training (AT) is an integral part of Military Training and greatly valued at 201 Field Hospital. The definition of AT is ‘Challenging outdoor training for Service Personnel in specified adventurous activities that incorporates controlled...

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 Southern Leopard 2015 – Reed’s School Combined Cadet Force

Unit: Reed's School CCF
Location: South Africa
Date: October 2015
Activities: Trekking
During October half term, 13 cadets and 3 members of staff made the long trip via Abu Dhabi and Johannesburg to Volharding Game Ranch in the northern district of Limpopo, South Africa. The cadets from Reed’s CCF and our state partnership school, Hinchley Wood were in for an incredible 10...

Ex Madagascar Blue – Cambridge University Officer Training Corps

Unit: Cambridge UOTC
Location: Madagascar
Date: September 2015
Activities: Trekking
Ex Madagascar Blue was a trekking expedition to the island of Madagascar. On the 29th of August nine Officer Cadets from the Cambridge University Officer Training Corps flew to Antananarivo to begin a three week expedition, taking in three of Madagascar’s National Parks and experiencing the landscape and culture of...

Pyrenees Adventure 2015 – Cumbria and Lancashire Wing ATC

Unit: Cumbria and Lancashire Wing ATC
Location: Spain, Central Pyrenees, Benasque Valley
Date: August 2015
Activities: Trekking, kayaking, white water rafting
The overall aim of this overseas expedition was not only to teach the Cadets and Staff about adventurous training but also to teach them life skills in adapting to change within a new environment, teamwork and leadership. The Cadets were aged between 15 and 18 and both Cadets and Staff...

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...

‘Tour du Mont Blanc 2015’ – First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (Princess Royal’s Volunteer Corps)

Unit: First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (Princess Royal's Volunteer Corps)
Location: Italy, Switzerland and France. The Mont Blanc Massif
Date: June 2015
Activities: Trekking
The Tour de Mont Blanc is one of the most popular long-distance walking routes in the world, traversing through France, Switzerland and Italy as it circumnavigates the immense Mont Blanc massif, the highest mountain in Europe. The full distance is usually walked in 10 days; due to work and time...

Exercise Mercantour 2015 – HQ Air Cadets

Unit: HQ Air Cadets
Location: Mercantour National Park Alpes-Maritimes France
Date: June 2015
Activities: Trekking
The overall aim of the expedition was designed to introduce and develop overseas leadership skills for adult volunteer staff by participation in a real 'expedition situation' where they are the participants. Each day was spent in the mountains developing technical, journeying and leadership skills in a demanding high alpine environment. The...

Exercise Northern Atlas – Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry

Unit: Scottish & North Irish Yeomanry
Location: Morocco
Date: April 2015
Activities: Mountaineering (High Altitude)
On 14th April 2015, our intrepid team boarded flights to begin their journey to the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The aim of the expedition was to complete a demanding six day trekking expedition culminating in the summit of Jebel Toubkal , the highest mountain in North Africa, whilst increasing...

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...