Outdoor Climb for Brize Norton

On Saturday, 4th May 10 cadets from 2267 (Brize Norton) Squadron had an early start to travel to Bramley Training Area to take part in outdoor climbing organised by the staff from 211 (Newbury) Squadron. The cadets arrived and were briefed by CI Amin and CI Fitt who explained about the Leadership Area they would be working in and the importance of been safe not only while climbing but been around the wall. Once this had been completed the cadets all put on their harness and helmets and then headed over to the wall to begin their climbs and from the top the abseil down the other side. WO (ATC) Lowe was at the top of the climbing wall to help those that managed to reach the top and go through how to correctly abseil back down to earth.

The cadets had started climbing on one side of the wall in order to learn the basics and build their confidence before been set the challenge of trying the side of the climbing wall that have the ‘overhang’. Everyone had a go at trying to complete this wall face and in the end only Cdt Allardice was successful in reaching the top but well done to everyone for giving the challenge a go. The 3rd climb the cadets had to master was a tricky side with fewer holes for your hands and feet to go and in the end it was up to CI Amin to show everyone how it was done. The last climb of the day was on the wall face that the cadets had been abseiling down and everyone managed to complete the majority of this climb although by this point there was quite a few sore arms and legs from the climbing!

All the cadets had a great time climbing and for most of the day the weather was great and allowed the cadets to experience another element of adventure training in the outdoors environment. The squadron would like to pass on its thanks to 211 (Newbury) Squadron and the 3 instructors who gave up their Saturday to support the days climbing and keep an eye on the training programme for future climbing dates.