NWTC courses teach the ropes of military mountaineering

An Advanced Military Mountaineering Course student searches for a route up a rock face at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)
An Advanced Military Mountaineering Course student searches for a route up a rock face at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

An Advanced Military Mountaineering Course student searches for a route up a rock face at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

An Advanced Military Mountaineering Course student tosses a rope from the top of a cliff at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)
An Advanced Military Mountaineering Course student tosses a rope from the top of a cliff at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

An Advanced Military Mountaineering Course instructor records a squad’s performance at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

An Military Mountaineering Course student attaches a rope to his climbing harness as he prepares to rappel at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

Spc. Jadyn Hurr digs a hole to create an anchor point for climbing and rappelling at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

An Advanced Military Mountaineering Course student searches for a route up a rock face at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

A squad of Military Mountaineering Course students move from one training area to another at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

Basic Military Mountaineering Course student Spc. Kevin Vang crosses a rope bridge over a mountain gorge at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

Basic Military Mountaineering Course student Spc. Kevin Vang crosses a rope bridge over a mountain gorge at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

Spc. Michael John McConville uses a Prusik friction hitch to haul himself up a rock face at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

Basic Military Mountaineering Course student 1st Lt. Christopher Peer crosses a one-rope bridge over a mountain gorge at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

A Basic Military Mountaineering Course student crosses a rope bridge over a mountain gorge at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

A Basic Military Mountaineering Course student crosses a rope bridge over a mountain gorge at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

Basic Military Mountaineering Course student 1st Lt. Christopher Peer crosses a stream at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

An Advanced Military Mountaineering Course student displays some of the tools used at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

A pair of Advanced Military Mountaineering Course students rappel down a rock face at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

An Advanced Military Mountaineering Course student searches for a route up a rock face at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

An Advanced Military Mountaineering Course student searches for a route up a rock face at the Northern Warfare Training Center’s Black Rapids Site during training. NWTC cadre followed Coronavirus restrictions while guiding students through both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses in August. With the advent of Alaska’s long, cold winter, NWTC’s focus is now shifting to cold weather training for the 2020-21 season. (Army photo/John Pennell)

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