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20 | Features


HIMALAYAN VENTURE 18 (HV18)


Set to be the largestRAF Mountaineering expedition ever undertaken


An expedition that unites all members of the wider RAF family; develops the teamwork and skillset to achieve something special together; all in celebration of 100 years of the RAF –that’s HIMALAYANVENTURE 2018.”


–Sqn Ldr Pete McCreedy,Expedition leader


Exercise HIMALAYANVENTURE 18 is the principal expedition of RAF100 and is uniting over 80 members of the wider RAF family in apioneering expedition to the Rolwaling and Khumbu regions of the Nepalese Himalayan range. Veterans, Regulars, Reserves. Auxiliaries, Air Cadets and University Air Squadron Cadets will be working together in tough and challenging conditions to represent the RAF’s past, present and future. Trekking teams will conduct remote and arduous trekking at Very High Altitude and amore experienced alpine team will conduct exploratory mountaineering at Extreme High Altitude in abid to make the first British ascent of Langdung (6357m) and neighbouring peaks above 5500m within the Rolwaling Himal.


The concept of the expedition emerged in 2016 when anumber of intrepid members of the Royal Air Force Mountaineering Association (RAFMA) were discussing three important milestones approaching in 2018.


•The centenary of the RAF •The 70th anniversary of RAFMA •The 75th anniversary of the RAF Mountain Rescue Service


With apassion to commemorate and celebrate these significant anniversaries, the concept of HV18 was born! Expedition leader Sqn Ldr Pete McCreedy says “Wewanted to work towards something that would be afitting celebration of 3very special anniversaries and inspire the next generation of RAF mountaineers”.


The aims of @raf100HV18 are:


•ToUnite individuals from across the RAF family that represent it’s past, present and future through the challenges of high altitude mountaineering.


•ToDevelop the skills, robustness, and expeditionary spirit of all applicants and deliver the mountaineering proficiency and qualifications to inspire the next generation to plan and lead future expeditions.


Stickle Tarn.


Halifax Wreck. ENVOY |Spring 2018 |www.raf-ff.org.uk | Spring | w


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