Basic Lakes

35 Cadets from the Sqn attended an Introduction Week to Mountaineering over the half term holiday in the English Lake District. The cadets were introduced to walking in the Mountains and taught how to navigate, assess the weather, basic first aid, radio procedures and conservation issues over the course of the week The weather was excellent for the first few days, but went steadily downhill from Wednesday morning with Thursday being absolutely grim with low cloud, rain and wind, which enabled a test of the skills learnt earlier.

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!