Colin on Satopanth

Expeditions

RecentExpeditions

Year

Location

Achievements

2009

Kenya

Summitted Mt Kenya -Batian (5199m) and PointLenana

2010

Makalu (British ServicesJoint Exped)

Summited

2013

Sichuan Province, China

3rd ascent of Wupingfeng (5,672m)

2nd unsuccessful attempt on Bahaizishan(~6000m)

2014

Antarctic Peninsula

(British Services Joint Exped)

Various first ascents and exploration.

2015

Italian Dolomites

ViaFerrata

2016

Himalaya (BritishServices Joint Exped)

Dhaulagiri(8,167m,)

Planned Expeditions

Year

Location

Objectives

2017

TBC

Greater RangesAlpinism

2018

TBC

RAF Centenary – Greater Ranges Alpinism

RAFMA has a notable history ofexploratory mountaineering in the greater ranges and across the world, as thisfilm shows:

K2- The 'Magic Line' Expedition -YouTube

In recent years RAFMA members have claimed first ascentson the AntarcticPenninsula and explored the Bolivian Andes and the mountains of theSichuan Province China.

RAFMA continues to providemountaineering expeditions for its serving members. These expeditions form partof the RAF Adventurous Training scheme the aim of whichis:

“To develop leadership and the necessaryqualities to enhance the performance of Service personnel in times of peace andwar.”

The mountaineering environment and in particularremote and difficult objectives provide opportunities to develop qualities suchas endurance, courage and team work that are otherwise difficult to providethrough standard military training. Participation on major expeditions formsthe highlight of many service careers and contributes positively to morale,recruitment and retention. Expeditions are a formal yet ‘non-warlike’ aspect ofmilitary training. In contrast, the monthly RAFMA meets programme isrecreational in nature; under the auspices of RAF Sport.

RAFMA now strives to follow an ‘alpine style’ mountaineering ethicwhere possible; promoting fast and light travel, minimising environmentalimpact. Use of fixed equipment should be minimised and where possible a base tosummit single push is the best climbing style. Where long haul air travel isused, this investment should be commensurate with the mountaineering objective.Where lower altitude, less challenging objectives are required these can befound closer to home. Recognising that choosing an objective is largely theprerogative of the expedition leader, new routes and virgin peaks are preferredexpedition objectives.

Funding for expeditions is providedthrough a variety of sources, with public funding recognising the militarybenefit derived from the training. Personal contributions also form a key partof expedition funding. Expeditions can become major logistical challenges andare undertaken as an additional duty, with personnel expected to devoteconsiderable personal spare time to organisation.

In orderto mitigate some of the risk of mountaineering in remote regions, expeditionsdepend on qualified and experienced personnel. RAFMA members are thereforehighly encouraged to maximise their use of the Joint Service AdventurousTraining Scheme instructor training courses.

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