A lot of people do not realise that Navy SEALs receive a large amount of Arctic training, and are among the most often selected military units to undertake missions within this type of terrain.
Arctic missions mean that the already well equipped SEAL has to carry one heck of a lot more equipment. They sort this equipment into three “lines”, each line has been optimised for specific usage and redundancy. The first line will include items that are needed now, and should the SEAL find this is all the equipment he has left, he can still survive and perform. It includes items such as survival gear and emergency rations, along with a signalling device and his map and compass.
The second line of equipment includes things that are useful, but not necessary for immediate survival, this covers things like their weapon and ammunition, water, medical kit and grenades. Finally the third line are the luxuries! You know, things that make life comfortable, such a as sleeping bag, tent, food and extra water.
It is incredible to imagine the harsh conditions that these soldiers are trained to fight in, whilst carrying such basic equipment. Let’s not forget, that the average person could not even survive in this harsh Arctic climate, let alone fulfil mission objectives whilst in enemy territory.
I think I’ll stick to ski resorts and a little ice skating for my dose of clod climate activity, and once again, a salute to the Navy SEALs, bravely going where now man (well OK this man) has gone before!