September 10th 2014


Five Reservists from HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit, had the opportunity to climb Mount Snowdon as part of an adventure training exercise this summer.

The Reservists, who each enjoy outdoor pursuits, travelled to North Wales in August this year to complete five days of adventurous training activities such as hill walking, sea kayaking and climbing.

RNR Lieutenant Hattie Jacques, from HMS Sherwood, organised the expedition. She said: “North Wales is an ideal place to visit for an outdoor training event such as this. The coastal region is fantastic and includes a number of mountain ranges as well as Snowdon itself.

“We stayed at Capel Curig Training Camp which is located in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park making us ideally situated to get stuck into our training activities immediately. Visits such as this are designed to develop individuals’ skills in a challenging outdoor environment by concentrating on physical fitness and pushing ourselves outside our regular comfort zone.”

The group also included 16 year-old Recruit Amy Smethurst, who lives in Jacksdale, Nottinghamshire, who had just completed her GCSEs. Amy experienced climbing and sea kayaking for the first time during the trip. She said: “Sea Kayaking was great fun as well as a little bit scary, but we practised capsizing and rescuing one another to build our confidence and help us deal with the unexpected.Amy SmethurstAmy Smethurst

“Overall the trip to Snowdonia proved to me something I have known for a long time, which people, including me, can achieve most things if they are placed in a supportive environment as I was. Next time I’ll be keen to try other outdoor activities too.”

HMS Sherwood is based at Foresters House, Chilwell, Nottingham and is currently recruiting. To find out more about the unit contact 0115 929 6373 or email