"Adventure Training is not a holiday!" This is something Capt Angus Burns, 2IC C Company, 5 FUSILIERS has to remind his civilian friends every time he goes skiing with the Army. "You’re up early, you’re working hard each day and you’re being pushed into those uncomfortable areas of your psyche that will prepare you for operations. But yes, there is always time for a beer at the end of the day."
This year 34 members of 5 FUSILIERS went to the resort of Alpendorf, (German for ‘alpine village’). It has 350km of ski trails, 220km of cross-country trails, altitudes of almost 2200m and 80 mountain restaurants. With 6 days of decent skiing, including some very good snow on the penultimate day, it was a challenging week that definitely put people out of their comfort zones.
Accommodated at the Hotel Schoenberg, 5 FUSILIERS made the most of the Austrian skiing and sights that the local village had to offer. Members of the Battalion took part in Ski Foundation 1 and Ski Foundation 2 courses, developing their awareness of mountain hazards, perfecting their ski performance and filming some pretty incredible wipe-outs along the way. It’s fair to say that there are members of the Battalion who have now fallen in love with skiing and the mountains!
Thank you to Capt Angus Burns, 2IC C Company, 5 FUSILIERS for submitting the above report on Exercise MINDEN SKI 2019. Greater London and City RFCA are pleased to be able to offer support to units whether it's Adventure Training, Community Engagement or welfare facilities. If you want to find out how to apply for funding support visit our Support to Units page