The School For Mountain Leadership
3. Military Mountain Leader
Courses & Assessment
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Our guiding section:
The Mountain Guide
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 third 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
Altitude, acclimatisation and altitude–related illnesses
Hazard and risk analysis, risk management
Energy requirements for cold weather and altitude
Cold weather camping
Leadership challenges in mountainous environments
Equipment for snow and ice movement
Snow and ice movement techniques
Basic snow and ice climbing
Basic avalanche awareness
Basic mountain rescue. If required the mountain rescue component can be scoped to include basic helicopter rescue techniques but a medium lift (Oryx or BK117) would be needed for a total of 3 hours flying time.
This course lasts 2 weeks of long days and occasional nights.
This course would be run for a maximum of 8 students at a time.
Equipment can be rented if necessary on a per-group basis.
This course can only be run in the Drakensberg or certain parts of the Western Cape, but the Western cape does not offer the altitude component. Furthermore the ice-climbing season in SA is only reliable for the month of July. It is therefore highly recommended that this course be scheduled so that it ends in the third week of July.
7. Costs per course
Using clients equipment: R 50,000 group of 8
Rental of all equipment required R 15,000 per course.
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