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Greetings from Afghanistan!

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Hey everyone!
Well I finally made it to Afghanistan. Can't really tell you where I am at but I can say I am in the mountains... Fairly high up. If people wouldn't mind, I would like tips on mountain survival and evacuation. I have a lot of info and training but I could always use more. Anything would be welcomed. Thanks!
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Hello. How are you getting power for your computer up in the mountains?
Never been in Afgan mountains, but from my own country I know that you never know when the good weather will turn ugly! Long John`s should always be in your pack in my opinion!

I accually got 2 questions for you if you dont mind my good sir!

1. You met any norwegians?

2. Many of the Talibans / Al quidia`s are foreigners and are from different enviroments! Many probably urban folks from Saudi area! Do you have any opinion of how they are adjust to the terrain compared to NATO forces?
Hello. How are you getting power for your computer up in the mountains?
I would assume that since he's at a military installation there are GENERATORS.
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There are 2 military manuals on Mountain Survival on this site, for download.

I know that you are in the services, but hate to "assume" anything, including that you have these.

Let us know what info you "Do" have and perhaps we can come up with some stuff to supplement that.

Thanks for serving!
Don't forget to keep your head down!

....and a warm welcome to the boards!
have you meet any Jægerkorpse from the danish special force?
I was in RC-South Zabul Providence in the Mountains at FB Baylough. 8,000 feet was the elevation of the FOB and we did dismounted patrols up to 14k feet ALL the time. It was way to rough for our trucks.

I suggest drinking LOTS of water and doing cardio on the FOB when u can. I think it's more important than raw strength at higher elevation. The first few times u do it start slow, if you are not use to it you might get dizzy or even sick.

I never went anywhere off the FOB in the fall/winter/spring without my fleece cap and warm gloves. When you are moving you don't need them but the second you stop things get pretty cold fast.

As for comforts, I lined the walls of my mud hut with those wool humanitarian aide blankets. (I'm human and I needed aide). I insulated the hell out of my shack and it helped a lot, the wind is your enemy. I also kept 1 pair of boots inside my sleeping bag (one layer out) when I slept so I didn't put on a pair of iceboots in the morning.

The survival stuff is all in the books that have been recommended and a lot of it is common sense. Knowledge is power. I just tossed in some of the things that I did
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Yea I agree on water, dehydration is killer when doing lots of exersion.

Id also say dont trust ANY Afghani, assume the worst and you may get the best.

good luck
Welcome from Oregon. Be careful. Make sure to have plenty of undercloths. Tose are the area of sensetive skin. Take care, we love you.
might be hard to find, but I always use a hot water bottle in my sleeping bag.
I also had a buttpack with a field jacket liner and extra socks.
Watch your back, come home safe.
Hey welcome good to hear from you. Keep your head down. If you have a rub spot in your boots use that stick type roll on deodorant on that area. Roll it on the rub spot and let it dry and you are good for the day.
Get used to the local food. Eat in villages as much as you can and drink the tea the kids bring you.
If you are a field guy you will be expected to eat with villagers if they offer while you are on patrols, and they do offer, it is a "bonding" thing. Helps to get your stomach used to it before it gets you sick at the wrong time.
Afghan food is awesome Indian food but not as spicy, more greasy, and they do eat beef.
I haven't met any Norwegians, a lot of French Foreign Legion and New Zealanders.

Thanks for all the info!

Just eat before you're hungry, drink before you're thirsty, and cover up before you get cold.
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Welcome to the board From Northeastern Oregon.
The weather can turn bad in a heartbeat always bring your long johns and don't trust the afghans they don't want you their.
I haven't met any Norwegians, a lot of French Foreign Legion and New Zealanders.
Really they have the legionarres in action? they are some tough SOBs.
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