Location
Terskol, Kabardino-Balkaria
About Elbrus Ring contest
Team (18 persons max)
Unit – 12 persons
Coaching group – 6 persons




STAGES
I. Accomplishment of special tasks at the centre's training facilities.
1. Individual climbing at climbing gym.
2. Roped party climbing.
3. Mountain obstacle course.
4. Group shooting.

II. High altitude route march.
5.Hinged river crossing
6. Parallel crossing
7. Mountain area navigation.
8. Rocky area overpassing.
9. Mi-8 helicopter airborne assault with subsequent speed march.
10. Wounded transportation.
11. Glacial area overpassing (ascent)
12. Glacial area overpassing (descent)

III
. Elbrus ascension (5 642 m).
13. Speed march with weapons and equipment along specified route.
14. Elbrus ascension.


EQUIPMENT

Weapons and climbing equipment.
1. INDIVIDUAL CLIMBING AT CLIMBING GYM
Individual climbing time trials, without using any kind of supportive equipment, at a 15 m height climbing gym.


2. ROPED PARTY CLIMBING
1. First party member climbs a prepared route of 15 m until a place where he makes station.
2. Second party member climbs with the help of fixed ropes or manually.
3. Party changes its lead climber and moves to the second station.
4. Party descends on a rope.


3. MOUNTAIN OBSTACLE COURSE
Organized at a combined sloped of 300-400 m length.

Two groups (3 persons each) have to overpass the mountain obstacle course in the following order:
1. Ascend by vertical fixed ropes (with the help of the ascender tool), to the height of no less than 3 m.
2. Manually lift a 24 kg crate fixed by a rope to a height of no less than 5 m, and then lower it to its initial position.
3. Get to the opposing slope by a hinged crossing, "lying on the rope" with the help of safety rope. Crossing is done by turns.
4. Descend to the depth of no less than 5 m with the help of the figure of 8 descender.
5. Overpass by turns a dry riverbed using marked stones.

6. Throw a grenade to the trench (width – 1-2 m, length – 2-4 m), which is located at a slope (30-35 degrees angle). Distance till the trench – 20-25 m. Grenades are located at the throwing spot. Throwing is done sequentially, by one person (out of 3), either standing still or at run. A grenade that falls behind the trench but then rolls to it counts as score.
7. By turns walk along a log (length – no less than 5 m, diameter – 20-30 cm).
8. By turns overpass a destroyed bridge.
9. Climb a steep slope (30-35 degrees angle) of 40-45 m length (you may use referee's rope) and touch the checkpoint, located at the cliff, with your hand. Climbing is done by one person (out of 3).
10. Get "in a sports way" down the slope of 40-45 m length (30-35 degrees angle) using the Prusik knot (by the route for climbing).
11. Simultaneously overpass a narrow passage (length – no less than 5 m, height – no less than 0.5 m).
12. Upon overpassing the passage by all 3 persons, a group runs through a specified area and crosses the finish line.
4. GROUP SHOOTING SESSION IN MOUNTAINS
Organized at a grassy slope. Distance to the target - up to 250 m. Target line N1 (100 m) – 10 targets for gunners. Target line N2 (150 m) – 12 targets for gunners, machine gunner and sniper. Target line N3 (200 m) – 12 targets for gunners, machine gunner and sniper. Target line N4 (250 m) – 2 targets for machine gunner and sniper.



5. HINGED RIVER CROSSING

Organized at a mountain river (no less than 6 m long and with flow speed up to 10 m/second).

1. A group organizes a hinged crossing over the river:
− crosses the river;
− fixes the foothold with two ropes;
− strains the ropes with z-drag system;
− crosses the river with its personal weapons.
2. Upon finishing, all equipment is gathered.

6. PARALLEL CROSSING
Organized at a mountain river (no less than 6 m long and with flow speed up to 10 m/second). A group organizes crossing:

1. The first person, basing himself on a double (lower) rope with his legs and holding an upper rope with his hands, moves to the opposite shore by side steps. While crossing the river, safety rope is attached to the upper rope.
2. A person doing the crossing is secured by single rope, which is attached to his safety carabiner. After having crossed the river, a person makes a climbing bolt out of the safety rope.
3. Other persons cross the river by the same method, in the order determined by group leader, using the climbing bolt for safety.


8. ROCKY AREA OVERPASSING
Organized at a rocky slope (length – up to 150 m, angle – 45 degrees).

A group overpasses a rocky area:
− the first party lays the route in the rocky area;
− the whole group moves along the laid route;
− the last party gathers all equipment.

10. INJURED PERSON TRANSPORTATION
Transportation of an injured person is organized at a combined slope.
A group prepares one of its members for transportation at the starting point with the help of climbing equipment and transports him over a 2 km long area, with 30 degree angled slopes.

7. MOUNTAIN AREA NAVIGATION
Should be done at a rocky slope, length not less than 60 meters and average elevation not less than 45 degrees.

The group overcomes the rock area:
- the first rope team makes the rock area passable for the others;
- the entire group overcomes the rock area;
- the last rope team removes all equipment.


9. MI-8 HELICOPTER AIRBORNE ASSAULT WITH SUBSEQUENT SPEED MARCH
A crew accomplishes an airborne assault from the Mi-8 helicopter, reaches the specified gathering point, located at a distance of up to 500 m from landing zone.

11. GLACIAL AREA OVERPASSING (ASCENT).
Organized at a glacial slope (length – no less than 100 m, angle – no less than 60 degrees). A group uses the descender tool with the safety rope and the prusik knot. The last person to descent organizes ice-axe self-extraction system and descends on a double rope with a prusik knot with subsequent ropes pull off.
12. GLACIAL AREA OVERPASSING (DESCENT)
Organized at a glacial slope (length – no less than 100 m, angle – no less than 60 degrees). A group organizes overpassing of a glacial area: – the first party lays the route in the glacial area; – the whole group moves along the laid route; – the last party gathers all equipment.

13. SPEED MARCH WITH WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT ALONG SPECIFIED ROUTE
A group overpasses a mountain area of medium difficulty (length – around 20 km, general altitude difference – around 2.2 km), along the route: meadow Azau – "Glacial base" – "Priyut-11" (height – 4,200 m).

14. ELBRUS ASCENSION
Groups set off and move along the classic route from south to the western peak of Elbrus mountain. Ascension is done by groups, with the distance between the leading and the last person in a group of no more than 150 m (at a clear line of sight).
RESULTS
Winners are determined by the sum of points, gained for accomplishment of special tasks. The total score a team has gained for accomplishing a special task is determined by the overall time a team had spent on its completion, taking into account all penalties received for violating any of rules.

Competition among mountain units
ARMYGAMES 2016
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