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Arctic Express Leg 2

Unit: London UOTC
Location: UK, Faroes, Iceland
Date: June 2018
Activities: Sailing
"As a complete novice to yacht sailing, I was unsure of what to expect when I applied to Ex Arctic Express. I imagined a relaxing couple of weeks, perfect to unwind after my exams. I was wrong." Cadet Ed Duffy
In June 2018, fifteen enthusiastic crew members from the University of London Officers’...

Guyana Emu

Unit: East Midlands Universities Air Squadron
Location: Guyana, South America
Date: April 2018
Earlier this year, ten students from East Midlands UAS participated in an adventurous training expedition within the Guyanese jungle. Primarily, the arduous, challenging nature of the activities and environment aimed to develop determination and qualities of self-reliance, confidence, leadership and team ethos in the UAS students, in order to prepare...

Cabot Telemark 18

Unit: Bristol UOTC
Location: Norway
Date: March 2018
Activities: Skiing
On the 24th March 2018, 12 Officer Cadets and two members of staff from Bristol University Officers Training Corps left for Norway, on a two-week Nordic Skiing Adventurous Training Exercise: Ex CABOT TELEMARK.  The Aim of the exercise was to work towards the Nordic Foundation 1 (NF1) and Nordic Foundation...

Lanzarote Landfall

Unit: Cambridge University Air Squadron
Location: Lanzarote
Date: March 2018
Activities: Diving
  Day 0 - Sunday 18th Everyone arrived at RAF Wittering and made sure all equipment was checked along with medical forms and travel documents. Day 1 - Monday 19th Met at 0300, loaded the MT minibus and drove to Luton airport. Checked in around 0500, we had a minor issue with luggage as...

Northern Rock 2018

Unit: NUOTC (Northumbrian Universities Officers' Training Corps)
Location: Spain, Costa Blanca, Alicante
Date: March 2018
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing,
The second term was drawing to an end for the students of the Northumbrian University Officers’ Training Corps (NUOTC), yet excitement and anticipation was high for their week-long climbing trip to the crags and climbing areas around Alicante, Spain. This trip was designed to enable climbers of all abilities to...

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...