The Shooting Team attended a weekend camp at Pirbight on 16 – 17 Apr. Training was carried out on the L81 Target Rifle and live fire practises carried out at Stoney Castle and Pirbright Ranges. many of the Team were new to the L81 and the capabilities of the rifle were an eye opener to them.
Scores where generally good, and have opened the 2005 season in fine style. Congatulations to Ben Filer, who was the best shot at 300 yards (with 32.1) and the best overall shot of the weekend (with 60.1 out of 70), and to Dave Zealander and Kris Pisano who were the joint best shot at 500 yards (with 32.2 out of 35).
Also happy birthday to Brad Davis who celebrated his 14 birthday on the range.
Cadets attended Henly Park Range in Surrey on Sunday 22 May to fire the L98 5.56mm Rifle. Fortunately the rain kept off and a good day was had, with a tremendous ammount of ammunition fired by the Cadets at various targets and distances, inlcuding falling plate, where armoured plates which fall when hit by a bullet, are fired at.
Congratulations to CWO Holly Brogden-Knight who has been appointed as a Lord Lieutenants Cadet for Great London. This honour is for her outstanding service to the ATC over the last seven years.
The Lord Lieutentant is the Queens Offical representative in Counties and Cities, and appears on her behalf at many ceremonies and investitures. Holly will spend the next year assisting him at these events, and will be awarded a special badge to indicate her status.
In addition FS Paul Fothergill has been appointed a Deputy Lord Lieutenants Cadet for the Borough of Redbridge, which has a similar role at Borough Level. He will recieve his award in March at Redbridge Town Hall.
3 more Cadets have completed their Gliding Induction Courses at 614 VGS Weathersfield on Saturday 16 Apr 05, and can now go onto their Gliding Scholarships.
Cdt Ashton – Griffiths
Another update from our ex cadet on Everest.
At 0939hrs GMT on 20th May, myself and five other members of the expedition, together with Sangi Sherpa, succesfully reached the North Col of Everest – 7050m/23,000ft!!!!!!
It was an amazing experience to be climbing on the world’s highest mountain and to be alongside climbers heading for the summit! It was also an incredibly tough day with the weather being the worst on the mountain so far this season (typical!) and the decent was somewhat of an epic – but we all made it back ok!
We were joined on the last section by a Chinese climber who seemed as happy to reach the North Col as we were and called over his comrades to assist with the team photos! From what we’ve heard, the Chinese Expedition later went on to put about 20 climbers on the summit and it would be very interesting to know if he was one of them!!
Sadly, we also learned that one of the Seven Summits Team died whilst decending from the summit – his body was found by the Chinese.
Quite a few of the teams have taken advantage of the brief weather window from 20th-23rd May but most of the big teams, such as Jagged Globe, are waiting until the end of May/beginning of June when much calmer weather is expected. A small number of climbers ventured above the North Col early on but got quite a beating – we saw some very sorry looking people indeed!!
We were also priviledged to be able to spend a great deal of time with the Jagged Globe North Ridge summit team – they are a great bunch and some of the things written by the very silly Times journalist, Stephanie Marsh, may well be inaccurate, so do bear that in mind should you happen to read them. I wish them all the very best of luck in their summit quest – but especially Sibusiso Vilane. He is a wonderful man (an African Game Ranger) and is aiming to be the first black person to climb Everest from both the North and South sides. He previously summited Everest in 2003. I have given Sibusiso several Tibetan prayer flags that I bought in Lhasa – should he again be successful, Sibusiso has agreed to do me the most profound honour and place those prayer flags on the summit for all my friends and family. A quite remarkable act of generosity.
Well, I shall sign off for now. I hope you are all well and I look forward to catching up with you all again soon!!!!