In addition, more Senior Cadets were attending the first Summer Mountain Proficiency Course, designed by Fg Off Nick Harvey to bring them up to a standard where they are ready to attend a Mountain Leader Training Course once they are 18. Cpl Mike Cross passed the course and was awarded his certificate by the Sqn CO, Sqn Ldr Chris Day.
Accommodated in a Bunk House and tents at Glenridding on Ulswater all the Cadets had an excellent time, with the evening entertainment on the Friday night provided by Cpl Tommy Rice with his Peter Kay impression and Cdt Daniel Smiths dancing ability!
Ex Cadet Nicholas Faber has been awarded a BTEC First Diploma in the Public Services with a distinction. Nicholas, who completed the award in 2004 as a member of the Sqn is the first Air Cadet in London and the South East to achieve a Distinction, the highest level achievable.
This award, which is the equivalent of 4 GSCE’s at A* level, is the second gained by the Sqn which was the pilot Sqn in London Wing for this award. Several more Cadets are awaitng their awards.
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