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15 awesome photos of what mountain warfare looks like

Fighting at sea level is tough, but it doesn’t get any easier thousands of feet up a mountain. The military prepares for fights at altitude by training extensively in challenging weather and terrain. Here are 16 photos that show what it’s like.


1. Narrow passes of ice-covered rocks

15 awesome photos of what mountain warfare looks like
Photo: US Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Sarah Mattison

2. Getting down the mountain is faster – but more dangerous – than climbing up.

15 awesome photos of what mountain warfare looks like
Photo: US Marine Corp Cpl. Drew Tech

3. Helicopters can make a big difference when they’re available.

15 awesome photos of what mountain warfare looks like
Photo: US Army National Guard Master Sgt. Paul Wade

4. For getting across the soft snow, skis and snowshoes are handy.

15 awesome photos of what mountain warfare looks like
Photo: US Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Suzanna Lapi

5. Sleds can carry extra gear that won’t fit in a pack.

15 awesome photos of what mountain warfare looks like
Photo: US Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Sergio Jimenez

6. The Marines train on both riding horses and mules, and use them as pack animals.

15 awesome photos of what mountain warfare looks like
Photo: US Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler

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7. When the snow is melted, standard boots can get the job done.

15 awesome photos of what mountain warfare looks like
Photo: US Marine Corps Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos

8. But again, a controlled fall is the easiest way to travel.

15 awesome photos of what mountain warfare looks like

9. Traveling across the rock face takes skill and trust in the equipment.

15 awesome photos of what mountain warfare looks like
Photo: US Marine Corps Sgt. Ben J. Flores

10. Getting around the mountain isn’t enough. Troops have to fight up there.

15 awesome photos of what mountain warfare looks like
Photo: US Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Nicholas Lienemann

11. The terrain makes it hard for troops to maneuver on well-placed snipers, so they can be especially effective.

15 awesome photos of what mountain warfare looks like
Photo: US Marine Corps Cpl. Sarah Anderson

12. Working as a team is key in the mountains.

15 awesome photos of what mountain warfare looks like
Photo: US Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Sarah Mattison

13. The “Red Hats,” trainers who specialize in mountain operations, know to move as a group.

15 awesome photos of what mountain warfare looks like
Photo: Wikipedia

14. Even on the ropes, it’s best if the team can stay together.

15 awesome photos of what mountain warfare looks like
Photo: US Marine Corps Cpl. Alex P. Creasia

15. You get cool points for taking photos on top of a mountain, but you would get more if you removed the blank adapters first.

15 awesome photos of what mountain warfare looks like
Photo: US Air Force Master Sgt. David J. Loeffler

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