Local army reservists train in Nunavut
If you inclined to whine about how tough this winter has been, try sleeping in a tent in Nunavut in February.
The goal is to make sure Canadian soldiers are trained to handle threats anywhere in Canada, including the most remote parts of the country with the harshest conditions.
Warrant Officer Al McCabe of the Essex and Kent Scotish Regiment is in Nunuvet training for extreme cold and harsh conditions. (Courtesy of Canadian Army Public Affairs)
Warrant Officer Al McCabe, a 49 year old reservist with the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment, said he was greeted by temperatures of 60 C when he stepped off the plane last Saturday. He said he learned a lesson very quickly.
you step outside, you have to remember to breathe through your nose right away, he said. you star Pandora Bracelet t coughing because your lungs collapse a little bit. fun doesn end there. McCabe spends his days trecking through the frozen landscape, sleeping in a 10 person tent and firing up a Coleman stove to melt frozen drinking water when he needs to rehydrate.
McCabe said the soldiers stop every hour and a half or so to make some hot drinks and warm up. Getting them going again isn easy, he said.
the soldiers movin Pandora Bracelet g in the cold is probably the most challenging thing. As soon as they get in the warm tent, they want to sit down and not move. You have to remind them they have jobs to do. the harsh conditions, Cpl. Jamie Scott of the Windsor Regiment said she enjoying herself. The 21 year old army reservist and University of Windsor student said the best part has been talking to locals and learning how they live.
certainly makes me thankful for the weather we have back at home, Scott said. an eye opener. Your survival instinct Pandora Bracelet s have to kick in. Chelynne Schram of the Windsor Regiment checks equipment on the toboggan that she will be towing across the Arctic tundra in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut on February 16, 2014. (Courtesy of Canadian Army Public Affairs)
Windsor Regiment Cpl. Chelynne Schram, 22, said learning to dress for the weather has been a challenge.
you from Southern Ontario, you want to dress warm when you in 55 C or 60. But as soon as you get moving carrying a heavy rucksack, the bags that we carry, or pulling a sled out here, you get warm very, very quickly, Schram said.
Schram said she enjoying the striking landscape, with its huge mountains, expanses of snow and exposed rock. But there are some creature comforts of home that she looking forward to once she returns.