Patrol Leaders Training Task
2 ropes, long enough for the distance of the course
2 planks of equal length
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ORGANISER:
Lay the ropes parallel to each other in the direction of travel of the group, with the distance between the ropes slightly less than the length of the shortest plank. Place any objective at one end of the ropes and the planks at the other end.
Lay the planks across the two ropes and move the team onto the plank. Pass the other plank overhead and place down on the ropes, then pass the first plank overhead and repeat to move towards the objective
POINTS TO WATCH FOR:
Planks touching the ground Personnel touching the ground
The number of planks used can be increased to make this easier. An optional objective to retrieve and return can be used if space is limited to double the distance that needs to be travelled.
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SITUATION for PL's:
Your team are evacuating from enemy territory. Opposing forces are closing in on your location and will arrive in 15 minutes. You have reached a canyon which you have to cross, but an air strike has taken out the main platform of the bridge. All that remains are the supports crossing the canyon, which are too thin to walk across, and some debris from the destroyed bridge. There are no other crossing points for several miles in either direction, so there is no other way across the canyon.
Your team must cross to the other side of the canyon before the enemy squads arrive in 15 minutes.
You have 15 minutes from the end of this briefing. You cannot cross on the remaining supports, as they are too thin and your team will fall off. The canyon is several hundred feet deep with steep sides and a fast-flowing river in the bottom, so you cannot climb down and cross in the canyon Anyone who falls into the canyon will be lost from the team
How long do you have to complete the task? 15 minutes
What happens if you step on the supports? Your team will fall off of them