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Climbing mountains? Let a Slovenian Mountain warfare specialist show you what a professional climber takes with them.

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Mountain warfare requires specialist tactical and technical training. A physically fit soldier does not necessarily mean they will perform adequately at high altitude. The body must adjust to thinner mountain air and needs to develop climbing muscles. The NATO Mountain Warfare Centre of Excellence in Slovenia runs courses for NATO Allies and partners to help their armed forces prepare for mountainous environments. To be able to operate in the mountains, soldiers need to be able to carry a lot of kit. In this piece, First Warrant Officer Sebastian Silar from the NATO Mountain Warfare Centre of Excellence explains what a soldier deployed to the mountains usually carries in their backpacks.

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TRANSCRIPT (AUDIO AND TEXT ON SCREEN)

—SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH
Sebastian Silar, Slovenian Armed Forces

GRAPHIC: Sebastian Silar, Slovenian Armed Forces

‘Hello, my name is Sebastian Silar.
I am an instructor in the NATO
Mountain Warfare Center of Excellence.
And today I will present to you
how to pack the backpack
for the mountains.’

—TEXT ON SCREEN-
WHAT’S IN THE KIT?

‘The preparations for the
mountains are starting at home.
So you need to be well prepared.
So you need to do a route plan in the map.

—TEXT ON SCREEN-
#1 MAP

Orientate yourself with a compass or G.P.S.

—TEXT ON SCREEN-
#2 COMPASS OR GPS

You need extra gloves and cap and sunglasses.

—TEXT ON SCREEN-
#3 GLOVES AND CAP
#4 SUNGLASSES

Rain cover for the backpack.

—TEXT ON SCREEN-
#5 RAIN COVER

Headlamp.

—TEXT ON SCREEN-
#6 HEADLAMP

And something to write.

—TEXT ON SCREEN-
#7 NOTEBOOK

So first, when we come below the wall,
you need to put the helmet on your head.

—TEXT ON SCREEN-
#8 HELMET

If you go via ferrata, you will need a ferrata set.

—TEXT ON SCREEN-
#9 FERRATA SET

Harness.

—TEXT ON SCREEN-
#10 HARNESS

Gloves.


—TEXT ON SCREEN-
#11 GLOVES

Some carabiners for belaying.
And loops for doing some manoeuvres.

#12 CARABINERS AND LOOPS

You need also the rope.

#13 ROPE

What is also in the backpack, so it's a
Gore-Tex raincoat.

#14 RAINCOAT

Spare clothes.

#15 SPARE CLOTHES

So this is a long sleeve, long pants, socks.

And first aid.

#16 FIRST AID

So all this stuff is for the summer, hiking or climbing in the mountains.

For winter equipment, what do we need?

We will start with the poles.

#17 POLES

This we can also use for ski poles or just walking poles.

When we have snow, we need to have these three pieces.

This is an avalanche beacon.

#18 AVALANCHE BEACON

Avalanche probe.

#19 AVALANCHE PROBE

And avalanche shovel.

#20 AVALANCHE SHOVEL

Ice axe.

#21 ICE AXE

And crampons.

#22 CRAMPONS

And we have also here for skiing.
We use the foldable skis.

#23 FOLDING SKIS

They are very good for when we go from skiing to climbing.

So it's like this. Turn around. Just clip here and here. And there are our skis.
So the skin works in one direction.
So it's slide down.
Because of this hair you can easily go uphill.
Even in the summertime when we go to the mountains, we can find some snow.

So for that we need the ice axe or crampons.
And we have also the big slopes like glaciers and
we can also go to ski in summer time.

BACKPACK WEIGHT
SUMMER: - 20KG
WINTER: - 30KG
+ WEAPONS, FOOD AND WATER


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Music
Running up that hill, Barry Laurel
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