A group of 4 back country climbers missed their scheduled rendezvous with their pick up approximately 24 hours ago.  About 4 hours ago an emergency call was received from the party via sat phone that was garbled and cut off short.  Fortunately it was clear enough to determine that all of the members were alive, although three of the members had fallen and were severely injured.  The climbing party tried to continue to move, but with several vertical pitches of decent in their way, they decided to hunker down and call for assistance. The exact location of the climbers was unable to be determined, and before any more information could be passed, the call was lost.

The national weather service has issued a severe snow storm approaching within the next 4 hours that will make aerial approach and extraction impossible.  It is expected that all members of the team have suffered cold injuries based on existing weather conditions and duration of exposure.


Load 3 person Search and Rescue (SAR) party into helo and conduct aerial search to locate climbers.  Once climbers have been located, move to safe extraction point and medevac via helo to local medical center.

FMP Workout:

PHASE 1:  Locate climbers

Aerial locate climbers by using known routes of ascent/decent.  Drop SAR party in via repelling ropes from helo to base of vertical wall where climbers are stranded.  Ascend rock wall to provide aid and prepare for evac:
50 – 35 – 20

  • Squats
  • Pull ups
  • Kettlebell Swings

PHASE 2:  Rescue

Assess condition of each member and treat any life threatening injuries.  Package and move climbers to location at bottom of rock wall via ropes.
4 Rounds of:

  • 10 Deadlift (135lbs)
  • 10 Back Squat (95lbs)
  • 10 Renegade Rows (each arm / 25lbs)

PHASE 3:  Evac

Move each of the injured members to location approximately 1 kilometer away where helo can land for pickup.  Call for helo and load for transport.

  • Carry 50lbs over 1,000 meters
  • Dropping every minute for 25 pushups

Max Time:  45 min

Time is of the essence if helo extraction is going to be possible.  Rapid aerial location must be successful to allow time for assessment, treatment, and movement of climbing party.  From location to evac, assume that you have 45 minutes.  Anything after that risks everyone’s life due to the impending storm.


It is vital that there be efficient use of time.  If it takes more than 45 minutes to accomplish all phases of the operation, everyone’s life is in danger due to approaching whiteout conditions.

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*Full Mission Profiles are fictitious representations of possible real-world scenarios.