Craig Harrison, an Air Training Corps Sergeant with 1461 Wigston Squadron has recently returned from an intensive weeks Nordic ski training in Zwiezel, Germany with the Air Cadets.
Sergeant Harrison joined 130 cadets and staff in a 24 hour coach trip to the frozen region of Germany and for the first few days the training consisted of learning new techniques, to which Craig found that learning to stay vertical was probably the hardest!
Over the course of the week he put his new found skills to the test by skiing round 5km practice runs and scaling the Grosser Arber Mountain which is a staggering 4776 feet.
Half way through the week Sgt Harrison & Plt Off Andrew Kenyon (1181 Syston Squadron) came up with an idea which had never been trialled in the history of the exercise, a winter beach BBQ! Sgt Harrison & Plt Off Kenyon stood outside in temperatures as low as -8oc cooking sausages & Burgers for over 40 cadets & staff whilst in thermal shorts and t shirts, and wearing a sombrero Mexican hat as a make shift chef’s hat!
Sgt (ATC) Craig Harrison during one of the Nordic Skiing exercises
Sgt Harrison said “I thoroughly enjoyed my week away on this exercise i made lots of new friends not just within my region but within the corps itself. i would recommend this course to ALL cadets and staff that have an interest in Skiing”
Fg Off Tim Hargraves
OiC 1461 Squadron ATC