It’s not just on the slopes of Pyeongchang that people are pushing themselves to the limit in winter sports. Reserve soldiers from 71st (City of London) Yeomanry Signal Regiment have recently returned from putting their individual and teamworking skills to the test in the snow-covered peaks of the Grand Massif in the French Alps.
Novice skiers and the experienced alike took on 5 days of training that exposed all participants to new levels of both physical and mental endurance. The arduous challenge was enhanced by adverse conditions with mixtures of snow, sleet and even rain hitting the groups daily.
Through foundation level upwards the personnel got to grips with traversing up and down the pistes, avalanche drills involving not just the digging out but also understanding the causes and prevention of avalanches and most importantly how we can operate as a team in a safe, secure and efficient manner.
Racing down the slopes incorporating parallel turns, pole planting and sheer courage at times provided an adrenaline rush of an incredible degree. Occasional light relief was provided by seeing friends and colleagues fall foul of the soft snow and taking a tumble in a spectacular manner.
Adventurous Training is only a tool to learn, develop and gain experience but also proof that life in the Army Reserve can give you unique and enjoyable opportunities that you would be hard pressed to find in any other occupation.