Tag Archives: trekking

Exercise Northern Drakensberg Duke 2 – 4 Lancs

Unit: 4 LANCS & 2 LANCS
Location: Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa
Date: March 2015
Activities: Trekking, mountaineering, river rafting
Exercise Drakensberg Duke 2 saw 4 LANCS returning to South Africa for a second year, keen to test itself once again on some of the challenging trails of the Drakensberg Mountains in Kwa-Zulu Natal province, a World Heritage location. The expedition was led by me, Major Nick Kennon, with WO2...

Ex Northern Tatra Serpent – 208 Field Hospital

Unit: 208 Field Hospital
Location: Poland
Date: September 2014
Activities: Mountain walking
This 6-day mountain walking expedition took place in the Tatra mountains of Poland with 9 members of the Army Reserve unit, 208 Field Hospital which is based in Liverpool. The aims and benefits of this type of expedition is to develop individual courage and leadership skills through controlled exposure to risk...

Ex Cockney Yeoman Solero – Royal Yeomanry

Location: Mallorca, Spain
Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering
The aim of adventure training was to develop through authorised challenging pursuits and within an outdoor environment, leadership and the qualities necessary to enhance the performance of military personnel during peace and war. Our expedition was to take us, a group of twelve  novice mountaineers and two instructors of the Royal...

Kalokath’s Cadet Venture 2014 – Oldham Hulme Grammar School CCF

Unit: Oldham Hulme Grammar School CCF
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: October 2014
Activities: Hiking, Climbing
It was nothing like I had ever seen before.   The poverty, the way of life, it was like I had stepped into a film set, yet it was so surreal.   There were children running around the streets, dogs lying in the roads and don’t even get me started on the...

Ex Northern Phoenix Atlas – 5 MI Bn

Unit: 5 MI Bn
Location: Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Date: September 2014
Activities: Trekking
On the 1st of September 2014, 5MI deployed to Morocco for a two week trekking expedition into the Atlas Mountains in conjunction with the Moroccan Army. Although originally this trip was intended for 5MI and the Int Corps Reserves only, it was opened up to the wider Corps. The 14...

Ex Northern Dolomites – Leeds University Officers’ Training Corps

Unit: Leeds University Officers' Training Corps
Location: Italy - North East, Dolomites
Date: July 2014
Activities: Rock Climbing, Trekking
Leeds University Officers' Training Corps conducted an adventurous training expedition consisting of rock climbing and trekking in the Dolomites in Northern Italy. OCdt Victoria Carbutt takes up the story... Our first full day in Cortina d’Ampezzo consisted of an acclimatisation trek to Tonde de Cianderou from Camping Olympia (SH 1711m),...

Ex Swiss Adventure 2014 – 2530 (Uckfield) Sqn & 461 (Chichester) Sqn ATC

Unit: 2530 (Uckfield) Sqn & 461 (Chichester) Sqn ATC
Location: Swiss Alps (Interlaken and surrounds)
Date: July 2014
Activities: Mountaineering (Summer), Trekking, Ice Climbing, White Water Rafting
12 cadets and staff from 461 (Chichester) and 2530 (Uckfield) Sqn’s ATC have just returned from a 12 expedition to Switzerland, made possible from a year’s hard fund raising and planning, including lots of generous donations notably the Ulysses Trust and RAF Charitable Trust. The group took the decision to travel...

Ex Northern Kenyan Venturer – Army Cadet Force & Combined Cadet Force (Army)

Unit: ACF and CCF(Army)
Location: Kenya
Date: July 2014
Activities: Trekking
This expedition must rank as one of the most successful ever mounted by the Army Cadet Movement.  57 out of 58 participants, in two independent groups and 8 adults and 20 cadets, summited Point Lenana (4,985m) on Mt Kenya.  Also a local primary school was given a brand new classroom...

Exercise Northern Rocky Mountain Venturer – Yorkshire ACF and ATC Cadets

Unit: H&SY & Y(N&W) ACFs, C&EY & SEY Wings ATC
Location: Canada
Date: July 2014
Activities: Mountaineering (High Altitude), Mountaineering (Summer), Trekking
During July 2014, 8 staff and 13 cadets headed for British Columbia, Canada for a 26 day RFCA expedition, supported throughout by the Yorkshire Cadet Trust. It commenced almost 18 months ago with 60+ cadets vying to gain a place on the team. The selection process took place over Easter...

Ex Rip Curl 2014 – City of Liverpool Sea Cadets (TS Mersey)

Unit: City of Liverpool SCC - TS Mersey
Location: North Wales
Date: August 2014
Activities: Climbing, abseiling, trekking
City of Liverpool Sea/Marine Cadets deployed to Holy Island, Anglesey, North Wales from 10-15th August 2014 for Exercise Rip Curl. Prior to the exercise the cadets raised funds to pay for the local purchase of climbing equipment and wet suits (a total cost of £1798). Cadets from the unit carried out...

Exercise Viking Trek – Morrison’s Academy Combined Cadet Force

Unit: Morrison's Academy CCF
Location: Norway
Date: August 2014
Activities: Mountain Biking, Trekking
On Monday 4th August, eight cadets dragged themselves out of bed in the very, very early hours of the morning to board a plane to Oslo. After travelling most of the day we arrived at Haugastol, the hostel which sat at 1000 metres above sea level. We ate like kings...

Encounters in the Brunei Jungle – Northumbria Army Cadet Force

Unit: Northumbria Army Cadet Force
Location: Brunei
Date: July 2014
Activities: Multi-activity
Twenty intrepid Cadets and four adults from Northumbria ACF spent two weeks experiencing working in the jungle environment of Brunei. The pre-exercise training had been conducted at our training centre at Otterburn focussing on team building, tactics, fitness and survival skills, interspersed with surprise meetings with creatures such as spiders and...

Alps 2014 – 1034 (Surbiton) Squadron Air Training Corps

Unit: 1034 (Surbiton) Squadron ATC
Location: Switzerland, Vallais Region
Date: July 2014
Activities: Trekking
For our 5th annual visit to the Alps with the 1034 (Surbiton) Squadron Air Training Corps, we again chose to go to Arolla in the Vallenois Alps. This is a well known, although remote high mountain centre with the campsite at 1970 metres above sea level. Camping Petit Praz claims...

Exercise Flanders March 2014 – HMS Calliope

Unit: HMS Calliope, HMS Ceres, HMS Scotia
Location: Ypres, Belgium
Date: May 2014
Activities: Trekking
The Exercise, attended yearly, provides reservists with expedition training and the opportunity to develop and enhance command, leadership and teamwork skills.  The 100 km march is physically demanding, with the reservists being required to complete 30 km, 40 km and 30 km marches on each day of the weekend in...

Exercise Northern Drakensberg Duke – 4 Lancs

Unit: 4 Lancs
Location: Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Date: March 2014
Activities: Trekking, white water rafting, caving
Exercise Drakensberg Duke set off from Battalion HQ early on a Saturday morning to travel by coach to London Heathrow for a night flight to South Africa. In total there were twenty people ranging from the newest Kingsman all the way to the Commanding Officer, Lt Col Jonny Lighten. Ex...