a. The second wave should precede the first wave with ample enough time to establish all climbing lanes and rope systems.
b Three climbing lanes per platoon should be established for the quickest ascent. Q Cable ladders should be utilized to a maximum for all climbing lanes.
d Communications between the CPNCO and the BM should be via landline. This is reliable and secure.
g| Communication between the CHO, CAC and assault climbers at the cliff base should be maintained if communication assets are available.
TRANSITION: Let us now discuss other possibilities to keep in mind.
E (5 Min) CONCLUSION. The planner should be aware, or made aware of other options and scenarios that may arise concerning the ascension of a vertical cliff by a unit. Cable ladders are an excellent means of ascending a vertical cliff, but may not always be the best method. Top ropes, fixed ropes, etc... are all viable means to move up a vertical obstacle.
9 Another example is using the same route up. Instead of lead climbers climbing different routes up a cliff face, some leaders can climb up an easy route then establish their lanes on other sections of the cliff.
b Another scenario might be in which only a security element climbs on the established cable ladders on a true vertical cliff, and then moves to secure the top of the cliff where fixed ropes can be set up. This would allow for the remainder of the company to ascend quicker and easier.
TRANSITION: Now that we have discussed the five phases of the assault, are there any questions? A cliff assault is a very daring and risky undertaking, but it can also yield some great rewards by catching the enemy completely off guard.
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