Cpl Andy Webb has just gone solo at Dundee Airport after 7 hours of flying training. This is the third FS the Sqn has gained in the last month in spite of the Winter Weather!
In just a few days Ian Rogers, an ex cadet of the Squadron will heading off for Everest. Ian started his climbing career as a member of the Squadron’s first mountaineering team who summitted Mont Blanc in 1981. This trip will fulfil a dream of Ian’s which started as a cadet on the Squadron. We have received the following mail from Ian updating us in his expedition.
In a few days time I shall be heading for the Himalayas and joining an expedition to climb to the North Col of Everest. At just over 7000m/23,000ft the North Col is the gateway to Everest’s North Ridge and the key to an ascent of Everest from the North. It is reached by way of a 2,000ft headwall of snow and ice that rises from the basin of the East Rongbuk Glacier in Tibet. The climb to the North Col is one of the steepest and most physically demanding sections of the North Ridge route on Everest.
The expedition will itself be part of the larger Jagged Globe Everest North Ridge Expedition and we will join the main summit team at Advance Base Camp. This team is one of the strongest and most experienced on the mountain, with three of the team having previously summited Everest from the more traditional, southern side of the mountain in Nepal. Most notably, the summit team also includes the legendary polar explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who aims to add Everest to his already extraordinary list of achievements.
For me, to climb on Everest is the realisation of a long-held dream and it would be great if I could also use the opportunity to raise a little money in aid of a very good cause – Cancer Research UK.
The North Col is a tough challenge. At these altitudes there is just 40% of the oxygen normally found at sea level and the rarefied air makes even the simplest of tasks a huge effort. Contrary to popular belief, there are no easy ways up Everest. Only one climber in ten reaches the summit and for every five that do reach the top, one will die trying. It is a pretty harsh environment!
Your sponsorship would be greatly appreciated and undoubtedly give me a much-needed boost during my breathless flog up the mountain!
To pledge/donate, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/ianrogers
Cadets attended 614 Volunteer Gliding School at Weathersfield in Essex to fly in the Viking Glider. Fortunatly the weather held and the following Cadets gained their Gliding Induction Certificate:
Cdt Fallow C
Cdt Fallow S
Whilst there the Cadets were assisted by Cdt Goddard, who is on his Gliding Scholarship Course and Cpl Webb who is a Staff Cadet at the School.
Other Cadets were shooting the L98 Rifle at Pirbight on a 25m range and undergoing weapons trg. The following Cadets gained their Region Marksman:
Cdt Ashton Griffiths
Cdt Davies B
There can now go onto attempt the Corps Marksman, the top Marksman qualification.
Meanwhile the CO, Fg Off Harvey and CI Davies where on a two day First Aid refresher course at the National Mountain Trg Centre at Plas Y Brennin in North Wales. It is a requirement that Mountain Leaders renew their First Aid qualification every 3 years.
Daniel Goldman came second in the competition and as such wins the Pat Butler spitfire award. Another very good achievement.
On the third anniversary of AWO Norman McGrath BEM passing away, 106 cadets of the Squadron took part in the McGrath Trophy competition at Crowborough on Sunday. Norman gave 51 years unbroken service to the Squadron as adult staff, after 6 years in the Army during the Second World War, including active service in France and Germany.
The competition has been running for five years and is fiercely fought over by the 9 sections of the main Squadron. Led by their Corporal’s the sections train all year to become winners of the coveted trophy. The competition is a test of leadership and military skills and this years winner are:
Drill – 11 Section led by Cpl Troy
Shooting – 3 Section led by Cpl Cross
Steeple Chase – 6 Section led by Cpl Rice
Obstacle Course – 1 Section led by Cdt Lalloo
First Aid – 6 Section led by Cpl Rice
Leadership Skills – 1 Section led by Cpl Burgess
General Service Knowledge – 9 Section led by Cpl Grant
Camouflage and Concealment – 1 Section led by Cdt Lalloo
THE OVER ALL WINNER – 9 SECTION LED BY CPL JAMES GRANT
– 2nd 3 Section Led by Cpl Mike Cross
– 3rd 2 Section Led by Cdt Ali Lalloo
THE BEST FLIGHT – ONE FLIGHT
Many Congratulations to the winners but also to everyone who took part. The spirit and effort of the cadets on Sunday was outstanding and showed the true spirit of the Squadron and the Corps. I am sure Norman McGrath would be very proud of his Cadets and his Squadron.
I would like thank all of the SNCOs and Staff who helped run the event and also Dr Davies for judging the first aid competition.
By Sqn Ldr Chris Day, Officer Commanding.