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Because of the provisions of the South African Foreign Military Assistance Act, these courses are only available to the South african National Defence Force or other organs of the South African state unless specific permission is obtained to present these courses to the the defence forces of other states.
The SANDF currently has no single, integrated set of courses for Mountain Warfare aimed at the soldier on the ground. While the Special Forces do receive some training, other units who also operate in mountainous environments are excluded from this training and thus have no awareness of what mountains entail or capability to function, travel and fight in the mountains.
This is the second in a series of 3 courses aimed at developing skill in the mountains with a view to enhancing survivability and combat-effectiveness in mountainous areas. The courses are:
Military Mountain Leader
With proper training and appropriate equipment it is possible for soldiers not only to survive but also to retain combat efficiency in conditions that are well outside the normal range of comfort. Knowing what techniques to apply and what equipment to use under specific circumstances is a fundamental part of this and is the foundation upon which experience is built. If the SANDF ends up operating in mountainous environments without proper training the casualty count will be a great deal higher than necessary both because of environmental injuries as well as the inability of soldiers to function properly and the associated loss of combat efficiency.
2. Course topics
Climbing training structures and qualifications in SA\
Basic physics for abseiling and climbing
Equipment construction, use, limitations and care
Theory of the rock climbing process
Using in-situ protection (bolts & pitons)
Constructing stances and anchor systems
Locking off non-locking abseil devices
Abseiling with a self-belay
Group abseils: Fixed vs releasable abseil
Group abseils: Solving the ‘stuck-abseiler’ problem
Ascending with prussiks
Ascending past a knot
Changing from ascent to abseil
Abseiling past a knot
Abseil rescue – the pick-off
Climbing communications: calls and rope-pulls
Learning to lead:
Leading single-pitch routes
Supervising and improvised rescue:
- Reading route-guides
- Gear placement considerations
- Deciding when to make a stance
- Techniques for making stances
- Escaping and re-entering the system
- Z-hauls and other pulley systems
- Solving the ‘refusal’ problem when belaying from above
- Solving the ‘refusal’ problem when belaying from below
- Solving the ‘second unable to follow the leader’ problem
- Solving the ‘second climbs past protection’ problem
Multi-pitch climbing practical
Traverses and chimneys practical
Abseiling for climbing
Rescue structures in SA
Accident assessment and calling for rescue
Multi-pitch climb with improvised rescue scenarios
Installing rope bridges
Installing fixed lines with intermediate belays
Installing hauling systems
Basic casualty evacuation on over cliffs - raising and lowering
- The use of double-rope techniques
- Rope management at stances
- Swinging the lead
This course lasts 3 weeks of long days and occasional nights.
This course would be run for a maximum of 12 students at a time.
Equipment can be rented if necessary on a per-group basis.
The bulk of this training (up to Multi-pitch climb with improvised rescue scenario) is best conducted in the Magaliesberg. This location has areas highly suited to the conduct of climbing training. The rock is solid and the routes are well known, making instruction easier. In addition this area has a variety of routes with different characteristics which facilitate instruction of various techniques.
The remainder of the instruction can take place at a location where there is a Narrow kloof or gully approx 10-30m deep and 5-30m wide with good anchors either side as well as a small climbable cliff (10-30m) with suitable anchors at the top and a return route from bottom to top.
7. Costs per course
Using clients equipment:
Option 1: Magaliesberg
R 65,000 per group of 12
Option 2: Magaliesberg
Self catering (learners to provide own bedding)
R 86,000 per group of 12
Option 3: Magaliesberg
Full board (learners to provide own bedding)
R 103,000 per group of 12
Rental of all equipment required for climbing R 12,000 per course.
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