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Headquarter Company Adventure Training - Ex Tiger Hartz


CSM Brown enjoys the view


Ex Tiger Hartz was a five day, level 3 adventurous training expedition to the Hartz Mountains, Germany, over the period 21 – 29 August 2008. The expedition took place throughout the Hartz area and included summer mountaineering, kayaking, mountain biking, down hill monster scootering and high wire confidence course with zip wire. The Hartz Mountains are situated in the centre of Germany and the 1142 metre (3,747 ft) peak called Brockenberg, or Brocken Mountain, has an ancient reputation of being a haunting ground for witches, goblins and other creatures of the pagan pantheon. The well- travelled Goethe called the Brockenberg his favourite mountain and gave it a place in literary history after making his first ascent on 10 December 1777 and by using it as the setting for the witches’ orgiastic Sabbath scene in Faust.


The week started with the long drive in rather slow minibuses but the weather was good and, eventually, we arrived at the Sonnenberg Lodge. This Army-owned lodge was our base for the week and was conveniently situated next door to a very friendly pub. It was from here each day that we embarked on our activities; the group was split into smaller groups and rotated round the three main activities (Hill walking, Kayaking and Mountain Biking). Everyone approached the week with enthusiasm and vigour until they had done a day of mountain biking and walking. With an instructor who was capable of riding even the fittest member of the group into the ground, it was no wonder that people soon realised that there was a need for additional padding on


the bikes. Despite the after-effect of walking like John Wayne, everyone enjoyed the experience and the sense of achievement of riding on some days in excess of 70 km over the Mountains.


The walk to the top of the Broken was for some a little challenging; however, on the days when the weather cleared, the views were definitely worth the effort although it was the small beer at the bottom that also gave individuals that little bit of extra motivation to keep going… Everybody had fun with the canoeing, despite only having flat water to play on; WO2 Shepard ensured that fun was had by all, plenty of games were played and everyone including his able assistant, Cpl Rushton, got entirely wet through. Despite several days of arduous adventure, some members of the group decided that there was a need for more excitement and what better way than to get the chair lift up to the top of a mountain, get on an oversized scooter and see who could be the first to the bottom. With everyone jostling for position and the normal competitiveness that always comes to the fore in everything we do, it was nothing short of a miracle that everyone got to the bottom in one piece and there was no need to use the German hospital facilities.


The week finished with a morning on the high level confidence course including the zip slide across the valley. Some had more success than others over the obstacles and it was soon realised that short legs were definitely not an advantage! The week was a great success and offered a welcome break from the high tempo of being the LWC BG.


Cpl Ruston with a helping hand struggles to stay upright


The boys check out the local talent


Towels used as additional padding


The top of the Brochen


I wish I was just a little bit taller…


74 October 2009


The guys see who can get to the bottom first


Sgt Craft enjoys a short flat section


A small beer after a hard day was always welcome


The Mercian Eagle


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