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July 28th 2016

Lincoln Sergeant’s expertise required in Austrian Alps

Sgt Lee Northam pictured walking in Austria

A reservist from Lincoln has been hitting new heights helping fellow volunteers walk through the Austrian Alps as part of an Army Reserve adventure training activity.

Sergeant (Sgt) Lee Northam, aged 43, of Spilsby, who serves with 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron, was hand-picked to instruct members of the 157 (Welsh) Regiment of the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) on the walking phase of a five day adventure training programme among some of the highest mountains in Europe.

Six members of 157 Regiment took part in the seven hour expedition that included a climb of 1,890 metres.

Sgt Northam was one of three instructors on hand during the walk whose responsibility it was to teach fellow reservists skills including leadership and navigation around the ski resort of St Anton.

After serving as a regular full-time soldier for 24 years with the Coldstream Guards, Sgt Northam now enjoys sharing his experience with his reservist colleagues whilst leading and instructing walking courses both in the UK and abroad.

In Austria, reservists taking part in the walking programme also had the opportunity to have a go at mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing and rafting. This was the first time that some of the reservists on the trip had tried some of these activities, so this acted as an exercise in building personal confidence and helped to develop their team working skills also.

Sgt Northam said: “It was a great experience to see Austria in the summer and to instruct a really good bunch of guys and girls working hard together as a team.

“It was a difficult walk at times but all of the team worked together to complete it and they were rewarded with scenery that was absolutely breath-taking.

“As an instructor, I also made friends along the way from many different regiments within the RLC and there was so many great things to do and see.”

“It was a great experience to see Austria in the summer and to instruct a really good bunch of guys and girls working hard together as a team."