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.
Group packing and leaving on Snowmobiles. WILD SOUND
Snowy terrain. WILD SOUND
Snowmobiles arrive at base camp. WILD SOUND
Digging and cutting through snow. WILD SOUND
Scouts and airmen working on huts. WILD SOUND
Groups cutting and attacking snow blocks. WILD SOUND
Airman digging out caves. WILD SOUND
Group training on foot. WILD SOUND
Airmen catching crabs. WILD SOUND
Base camp scenes. WILD SOUND
Sunset over arctic. WILD SOUND
SCOPE: This coverage is of airmen undergoing training at the Arctic Survival Training School near Nome, Alaska.
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Background: 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.