Military mountaineering by United States. Dept. of the Army

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Units must be conditioned and trained as a team to cope with the terrain, environment, and enemy situation. Certain factors must be considered: • What are the climatic and terrain conditions of the area of operations? • How much time is available for conditioning and training? S. or Allied forces? Are there language barriers? What assistance will be required? Will training and conditioning be required for attached personnel? 61 • What additional personnel will accompany the unit? Will they be available for training and conditioning?

A clear, sunny day in July could turn into a snowstorm in less than an hour. Always pack some sort of emergency gear. a. Winds are stronger and more variable in the mountains; as wind doubles in speed, the force quadruples. b. Precipitation occurs more on the windward side than the leeward side of ranges. This causes more frequent and denser fog on the windward slope. c. Above approximately 8,000 feet, snow can be expected any time of year in the temperate climates. d. Air is dryer at higher altitudes, so equipment does not rust as quickly, but dehydration is of greater concern.

The body improves its capacity for exercise, the metabolism becomes more efficient, and blood and oxygen flow quickly and effectively. f. A physical fitness training program that gradually increases in difficulty should include marches, climbing, and calisthenics. This increases the soldier’s endurance. Through a sustained high level of muscular exertion, the soldier’s capacity for exertion is increased. Physical conditioning should include long-distance running for aerobic conditioning; calisthenics and weight training to strengthen the heart, lungs, abdomen, legs, back, arms, and hands; a swimming program to increase lung efficiency; and road marches over mountainous terrain with all combat equipment.

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