Soldiers enjoyed about 200 kilometres of trails around Stephenville during a Light Over Snow Vehicle course designed to prepare soldiers for winter operations and prepare them for deployment on exercises to arctic environments. The aim of the course was to ensure soldiers are capable of operating snowmobiles over rugged terrain and through harsh environments.
Master Cpl. Mark Gallant of C Company instructs improvised shelter techniques to soldiers during basic winter warfare training. In order to be fully qualified in winter warfare, troops had to spend a night in the field and put all their survival skills to good use.
Master Cpl. Robert Wells and Master Cpl. Dylan Mishaud, both instructors during Exercise Toboggan Runner, taught emergency fire-starting techniques to troops. Troops also set up tents, and learned survival skills such as rabbit snaring and snow defensiveness.
Beginning the three-kilometre snowshoe trek to the field, troops pulled toboggans to strengthen winter mobility skills as part of their qualification during Basic Winter Warfare. The purpose of the exercise was to ensure troops are skilled and knowledgeable in the area of winter operations.
Master Cpl. Brandon Pelley of B Company explains the safe and proper way to light the stove during Basic Winter Warfare held in Stephenville over the weekend. About 70 reservist members of the Canadian Armed Forces participated in Exercise Toboggan Runner, a winter warfare exercise to support future winter field deployments.
About 70 reservist members of the Canadian Armed Forces participated in Basic Winter Warfare training held in Stephenville over the weekend.