Evaluation

a SML - You will be tested later in the course by written and performance evaluations.

b ACC - You will be tested by a written examination and by a performance evaluation on your company's cliff assault.

TRANSITION: Are there any questions on the learning objectives, what we will be covering, how this lesson will be taught, or how you will be evaluated? If not, let's begin by talking about sight selection.

Q| (5 Min) ROUTE SELECTION. Ropes and caving ladders assist heavily laden troops in ascending steep terrain. They should be used where a fall might result in injury. Choose a route that will allow a Marine to be ready to fight upon reaching the top. These two factors determine the maximum possible difficulty of the route:

Climbing unit's experience and ability.

9 Climbing unit's load.

TRANSITION: Now that we discussed the factors of determining route selection, are there any questions? Let's discuss cliff assault ropes.

2| (5 Min) CLIFF ASSAULT ROPES. There are three types of fixed rope installations that can assist Marines up steep terrain: simple fixed ropes, semi-fixed ropes and fixed ropes.

3 Simple Fixed Ropes. The simple fixed rope is defined as being anchored at the top end of a rope. This type of rope installation is primarily designed to aid heavily laden Marines in the ascent or descent of a steep to moderately steep slope. The rope can be used for aid when climbing by pulling on the rope and walking the feet up the slope. A knotted hand line may be used for this purpose.

Disadvantages:

Cannot be used on near vertical to vertical terrain.

Ufilf a climber lets go of the rope, he may fall down the slope. ¬°Advantages:

SIMPLE FIXED ROPE INSTALLATION

9 Semi-Fixed Ropes. This type of rope installation is also designed to aid heavily laden Marines in the ascent or descent of a steep to moderately steep slope. Also known as a Fast Lane. This installation is anchored at the top and bottom but has no intermediate anchor points.

ore climbers can be on the rope. j^^Least chance of injury due to safety prusik. isadvantage: The route runs in a direct line.

Q Fixed Ropes. The fixed rope is defined as being anchored or fixed at both ends as well as with intermediate anchor points. This type of rope installation is primarily designed to protect heavily laden troops while negotiating snow / icy slopes, difficult scrambles, traverses or other slopes where balance climbing may be hazardous.

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