Reservists from 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital have recently returned from a five day annual camp based at Capel Curig training camp in the heart of the mountains of Snowdonia.

The aim of the adventurous training Exercise was to push participants both mentally and physically in order to develop the leadership skills and stamina of the unit’s personnel.

Supported by instructors from 205 Field Hospital Reserves and 22 Field Hospital, the demanding itinerary was delivered mostly under the instruction of reservists from 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital. In total, 65 personnel were involved in the delivery or participation of the course.

The itinerary involved;

  • Two days of walking the North Wales Path from the medieval town of Conwy with and overnight bivvy around Abergwyngregyn and the following day finishing in Bangor;
  • One day of open-water swimming in the cold waters of Llyn Padarn at the base of Snowdon, combined with half a day of dinghy sailing at the Nuffield Centre based near the Joint Service Mountain Training Centre (JSMTC);
  • One day of climbing at a crag on the edge of Llyn Padarn, Llanberis mixed with half a day of mountain biking routes around Llanberis;
  • One day of participating on an underground adventure with local company ‘Go Below’ in the historic underground slate mines of Rhiwbach at the back of Cwm Penmachno.

The diversity of activities on the itinerary allowed different personnel the opportunity to shine in areas where they may not ordinarily participate, particularly those with clinical roles within the Field Hospital.  This also allowed co-workers to develop a greater appreciation and respect for each other when they could see one another in a different light.

An additional aim was to introduce personnel to different sports which they may previously have never had the opportunity to try and to inspire them to learn and lead in that field.

The Exercise was part-funded by the Welsh Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Fund. This is used by cadets and reserves to enable adventurous and exciting training opportunities to benefit their personal skillset in ways that they can use in their civilian lives.

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