One lucky cadet from 1359 (Beeston) Squadron got the chance to try her hand on a recent Nordic Skiing expedition to Zwiesel in Germany.
Cadet Corporal Hannah Smith spent a week on the expedition initially learning the basic skills and then progressing onto more advanced techniques which would enable her and the rest of the group to go up into the mountains. The group was taught by Flt Lt Ted Atkins who is a member of the RAF Mountain Rescue service and has climbed Everest so was well placed to lead the course.
When Flt Lt Atkins was satisfied that the group were capable they went up the Großer Arber which is 1456m high. It takes 3 hours to get up to the top but just 30 minutes to ski back down.
The last day saw the group complete their bronze award, which Cpl Smith passed successfully, and she had to this to say about the experience, “There was a lot of falling over but my instructor said that was the best way to learn! I really enjoyed doing it, it’s a new skill that I will keep and hopefully I will get the chance to do it again next year to try and learn more.”
CI Mike Hill
Media and Communications Officer