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Exercise Capricorn Blue

July 2, 2014 - July 28, 2014

Officer Cadets from Cambridge UOTC, will be embarking on Exercise Capricorn Blue in Namibia from the 2nd to 28th July 2014. The 310 mile trek will take a team of 8 Officer Cadets along Namibia’s Skeleton Coast where the world’s oldest desert, the Namib, meets the Atlantic Ocean. Setting out from the German colonial settlement Luderitz and crossing the tropic of Capricorn just before reaching the finishing point at Walvis Bay, this epic journey is one of stark contrasts: trekking up to 10 hours a day from rolling dunes to gravel plains and salt pans, past seal colonies and the shipwrecks that give the Skeleton Coast its name. The cadets will be trekking unsupported through one of the most challenging environments in the world, carrying 35kg packs and pumping sea water through reverse-osmosis equipment to create drinking water. In fact, Capricorn Blue will be hardest expedition that a team from Cambridge University Officer\’s Training Corps has ever embarked on. and expedition preparation is being undertaken with the expert advice and guidance of experienced desert expedition leaders: Sam McConnell of British Exploring and Jason De Carteret, who lead the first unsupported trek along the Namib coastline in 2009. We wish them all Godspeed and safe travels as they embark on an amazing adventure!


July 2, 2014
July 28, 2014


Luderitz, Namibia

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