Tag Archives: uotc

Dragon Eldfjall EMU

Unit: East Midlands UOTC
Location: Iceland
Date: September 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Ex Dragon Eldfjall 2017 began in the early hours on Thursday 31st of August, as twelve Officer Cadets (OCdts) and two supporting staff of East Midlands Universities Officer Training Corps (EMUOTC) were crammed into a van and whisked off to London Luton airport, ready for an early flight to Iceland. The...

Northern Bear (NUOTC) 2017

Unit: Northumbrian Universities Officers’ Training Corps
Location: USA, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California
Date: September 2017
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
It was the end of a demanding training year for Northumbrian Universities Officers’ Training Corps (NUOTC). Officer Cadets, Staff and Instructors had worked incredibly hard for 12 months to ensure that every one of the 23 staff and students from NUOTC were ready for the culmination of their Mountaineering Programme,...

Delago Tiger 2017

Unit: Exeter UOTC
Location: Dolomite Mountains, Northern Italy
Date: August 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
As part of its role Exeter UOTC is tasked with organising high quality and demanding Adventurous Training (AT) for the Cadets.  This should deliver foundation qualifications but also give the Cadets exposure to just how demanding AT can be and how it can be used to develop personal qualities and...

Dragon Caledonian EMU

Unit: East Midlands UOTC
Location: Scotland, UK
Date: August 2017
Activities: Canoeing
A kayaking trip in Scotland? To many this would conjure up thoughts of being cold and wet however to the group of 10 Officer Cadets, many only just back from a kayaking expedition in France this was a chance to further develop and hone their skills on what promised to...

Blue Poseidon 2017

Unit: Oxford University Officer Training Corps
Location: Canada
Date: August 2017
Activities: Canoeing
In August 2017 twelve Officer Cadets (OCdts), two instructors and a member of support staff from Oxford University Officer Training Corps (OUOTC) flew to Alberta, Canada for a twelve day open canoeing adventurous training package. The main aim of the expedition was to challenge OCdts, most of which have never...

Cockney Ice Axe

Unit: London University Officer Training Corps
Location: Swiss Alps
Date: August 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
The aim of the expedition was to introduce Officer Cadets to Alpine mountaineering, including teaching them crevasse rescue techniques and skills for moving on a glacier using ice axe and crampons, and to give them experience of summiting an Alpine peak. There were 11 military participants and one civilian International...

Dusty Dalmatian 2017

Unit: Cambridge University Air Squadron
Location: Istria, Croatia
Date: July 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Summary Exercise Dusty Dalmatian saw 12 students from Cambridge University Air Squadron, one member of staff and one external instructor travel to the Istria region of Croatia to conduct 6 days of single pitch outdoor climbing, followed by one day of indoor lead climbing at Big Rock, Milton Keynes. The group was...

Boar’s Claw 2017

Unit: Aberdeen Universities Officer Training Corps
Location: France
Date: June 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Introduction Fourteen officer cadets, four Reserve Forces staff and one Non-Regular Permanent Staff member departed Scotland on the drive to the Bourgogne region of France on a Rock Climbing expedition. This region was chosen due to the climate, variety of rock types and the needs related to delivering the RSF course....

Cabot Maori 2017

Unit: Bristol University Officer Training Corps
Location: Cyprus, Buggiba
Date: July 2017
Activities: Diving
Overview From the 9th of July to the 16th of July 2017, 20 Officer Cadets from Bristol University Officer Training Corps took part in a week of Sub-Aqua diving in the area of Buggiba, Malta. Their aim was to either gain initial qualifications or further progress in BSAC qualifications, while simultaneously...

Pacific Longbow 2017

Unit: University of London Officer Training Corps
Location: St.Lucia - Panama
Date: November 2017
Activities: Sailing
On the 19th November 2017 two reservists from the University of London Officer Training Corps began a three-week Adventure Training exercise on-board Yacht ‘Discoverer’, one of the Army’s two Challenger 72’ Ocean going sail training yachts. The aim of Ex Pacific Longbow was to challenge participants in a demanding environment...

Atlantic Marlin 2017

Unit: Cambridge University Air Squadron
Location: Ascension Island, Mid-Atlantic
Date: March 2017
Activities: Diving
Day 0 We met at 1530 on the 26th March at our Town Headquarters. At 1600 the transport arrived bringing with it the Boss as well the remainder of our diving equipment. We stopped quickly at a service station for a toilet and food break. On arrival at RAF Brize Norton...

The Winter 2016 Newsletter Has Arrived!

Winter has arrived, bringing with it the joys of frosty morns, roaring log fires, hot toddies, and the obligatory public transport delays caused by any number of weather based line blockages. Never fear, because while you're waiting for the leaves to be swept from the line, the Ulysses Trust Winter...

Northern Bear 2016

Unit: NUOTC
Location: USA, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California
Date: September 2016
Activities: Trekking, Exploring,
On the 6 September 2016 Northumbrian University Officer Training Corps undertook a level 3 Summer Mountaineering expedition to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Yosemite National Park, California, USA.  23 Officer cadets, subalterns and army mountaineering instructors participated in the exercise, with 11 of the participants gaining the Summer Mountaineering Foundation...

Ex Javelin Kutsero – Wales University Officers Training Corps

Unit: 1RHA, 20X, 299 Sig Sqn, 534 MI Det, Army Cap Info, ARRC Sp Bn, BF SAI, Blandford, DES, DST, HQ Air Comd, HQ ARRC, Innsworth Station, PJHQ, RAF Linton, RAF Losssiemouth, RAF Marham, SPA
Location: Busuanga Island, Phillipines
Date: February 2016
Activities: Diving
Report by Officer Cadet Rebecca Seal Ex JAVELIN KUTSERO was a Tri Service Type 3 Adventurous Training expedition conducted over the period 12 Feb‐8 Mar 16. The expedition involved scuba diving activities focussed on the WW2 Japanese wrecks of Coron in the Philippines. Diving was conducted in two groups; this report...

Ex Blue Tour Dolomite – Oxford University Officer Training Corps

Unit: Oxford UOTC
Location: Italy, Dolomites
Date: March 2016
Activities: Skiing
On 27th March 2016, six Officer Cadets from Oxford University Officer Training Corps set out on an ambitious six-day hut-to-hut ski tour across the Italian Dolomites. For five of the six members, the expedition was especially challenging as it was their first experience of hut-to-hut touring. In spite of this...

Ex Northern Alpenglow 2014 – Glasgow & Strathclyde UOTC

Unit: GSUOTC
Location: France, Italy & Switzerland. Northern Alps.
Date: June 2014
Activities: Mountaineering (Alpine)
An expedition has 3 components: Plan, Do, Recover…Fantasise, Criticise, Romanticise!. "We’ve climbed Mt Kenya…what next?”. That was the challenge posed by the Commanding Officer on our return from Kenya in 2013. The European Alps were closer and Mt Blanc the highest in western Europe at 4808m was a perfect ideal. The long...