Lesson Practical Exercise


The following items will test your understanding of the material covered in this lesson. There is only one correct answer for each item. When you have completed the exercise, check your answers with the answer key that follows. If you answer any item incorrectly, review that part of the lesson which contains the portion involved.


During the mountainous exercise all members of the unit are required to demonstrate their abilities by identifying the basic climbing techniques and methods acquired during training.

1. During a mountainous exercise, your unit is moving through an avalanche area. You should a. be aware that the basic elements for the avalanche phenomenon are terrain, climate, and weather.

b. know that the only factor affecting avalanches are snowpacked regions.

c. be aware of the danger and only enter the area in the morning.

d. follow your co-workers since they are experienced in avalanches.

2. When moving through a slope where crevasses and glaciers are formed, you would a. proceed as trained but move very slowly.

b. move to the inside of bends and away from steep slopes and icefalls.

c. call the unit to a single column and move to the outside of bends.

d. avoid all cracks in rocks and icefalls.

3. While in the mountains, weather changes are so variable and erratic that in one day hurricane winds occur one after another, and exposed weather contrasts with sheltered weather. These characteristics are the result of a. typical mountainous weather in high altitudes.

b. poor weather forecast by the military mountaineering.

c. The life cycle of a local storm or from the movement of a traveling storm.

d. the life cycle of a local storm forecasted by the local residents.

4. You know that the approach of cumulus clouds are associated with a. a stable atmosphere but may indicate the approach of a storm.

b. moderate weather such light winds, moderate rain, and lightning.

c. temperatures below 30 degrees F, producing hail and tornados.

d. violent weather such as heavy rains or snow and strong gusty winds.

5. While in the mountains and during stormy weather, the unit discovers that the approach of lightning is imminent. You should a. not climb, and get as far down the mountain and away from the exposed ridges, and seek protection from direct strikes and ground current.

b. continue climbing but tie yourself to a point of protection to avoid falling.

c. add another layer of clothing for protection against cold and wetness.

d. stay calm and help your co-workers maintain a steady climb.

6. While in mountainous regions, you must remember that potable water supplies are limited, and water intake must be only from approved sources. To follow the three rules of water discipline, you must a. disinfect the water, obtain approval from the leader of the water party, and make sure all utensils are clean before use.

b. drink only treated water, conserve water for drinking, and do not contaminate water sources.

c. drink only treated water, use iodine tablets to double check for germs, and boil the water for about 20 minutes.

d. drink only treated water, use two iodine tablets to double check for germs, and boil the water for about 30 minutes.

7. One of the members of your unit may be suffering from trench foot. To treat him, you would a. check to see if his feet have blisters and a tingling sensation.

b. change his clothes and his socks immediately and seek medical attention.

c. ask him if he has pain, double check the blisters on his feet and drain the pus if detected.

d. keep his feet dry and with clean socks, dry the inside of the boots, use foot powder and change socks as often as possible.

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