• Short Summary

    The temperature is four degrees below zero in Nome, Alaska, as seven members of the Air Force (under the close supervision of the Alaska National Guard's 1st Scout Battalion) set out for the virtually unknown areas of Cape Nome for their training in arctic survival.

  • Description

    The temperature is four degrees below zero in Nome, Alaska, as seven members of the Air Force (under the close supervision of the Alaska National Guard's 1st Scout Battalion) set out for the virtually unknown areas of Cape Nome for their training in arctic survival. The Arctic Survival Training School, run by the Air Force, is a week long program designed to equip the person to survive in a barren arctic environment.

    Shortly after 6 a.m., the airmen and the scouts arrive at what will become their base camp. The training begins with instruction on how to provide shelter for themselves. The scouts guide the airmen through several simple but important steps that could mean the difference between life and death.

    The airmen learn to construct two basic types of shelter -- the snow hut (consisting of blocks of snow stacked together to form an arc) and the cave (a hole dug into the side of a snow bank and hollowed out to accommodate the person).

    After two nights at base camp, the party moves farther out on the ice. Here the airmen learn how to catch crabs. A baited line is lowered to the ocean floor where the crab grabs the bait and is hauled to the surface.

    This course is a requirement for military aviators assigned in the Arctic. Recently the Air Force has allowed members of other Government agencies to participate in this exercise. It's a rugged test in a rugged land.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACYJBUHIZ1WP0AFBH6YSV8V81C
    Media URN:
    VLVACYJBUHIZ1WP0AFBH6YSV8V81C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/12/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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