Saturday, August 26, 2006

Climbing the Gar

Yesterday morning, we heaed out before dawn, a 0415 link up for a 0500 Convoy Operation. We were about twenty soldiers and civilians heading out on our quest to climb the "Gar" literally "Mountain" in Dari. It is a peak that overlooks all of Kabul, located behind one of the ranges at Kabul Military Training Center. Now, Kabul is alrready high at about 6,000 feet above Sea Level. This peak climbs to about 7,450 at its zenith...the altitude is a Gut Check.

We made it with all of our travellers in one hour twenty minutes. The runners that met us at the top took it in 22 minutes flat. There were a wide variety of members of our team that made the climb. Most of the troops were from the Logistical Task Force, formerly known as 141st Support Battalion of the Oregon Army National Guard. Men and women, young and middle aged, we made the climb together and navigated the knife edge of the peaks...the photos tell the story best. But it made for a great way to start a day...the official weekend of the force.

-out here.


Blogger Kat said...

Wow!!!! I bet that was an AWESOME view!!!! I wanna see pictures! :) LOL! :)

Stay safe - y'all are in our prayers. We appreciate you and are proud of you!

7:51 PM  
Blogger Flag Gazer said...

Leave it to Oregonians to "climb the mountain" - LOL

Sending thoughts and prayers from home!

Your fellow Oregonians~

11:53 AM  

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