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Climbing and Surmounting
From: FM 7-22 October 2012


The Soldier should know how to effectively climb and surmount various types of obstacles.


Whether climbing a rope or pole, the techniques are similar. The hands grasp the rope or pole overhead with the palms toward the face. The body is pulled upward with the arms and shoulders assisted by the feet (which grip and assist by pushing downward). If shoulder-girdle strength and body coordination are not adequate to permit alternating hands, the arms act together in pulling upward. For rope climbing technique, refer to paragraph E-37.


When going over a wall, the body is as close to the top as possible to maintain a low silhouette. (In combat operations, it is important to offer as small a target as possible. When preparing to go over a wall, the rifle is slung across the back so the hands are free.) Chinning and creeping are the most common methods used for surmounting a wall of moderate height.


From: FM 7-22 October 2012 

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Chapter 1 Approach
Chapter 2 System
Chapter 3 Leadership
Chapter 4 Types of Programs
Chapter 5 Planning Considerations
Chapter 6 Special Conditioning Programs
Chapter 7 Execution of Training
Chapter 8 Preparation and Recovery
Chapter 9 Strength and Mobility Activities
Chapter 10 Endurance and Mobility Activities
Appendix A Army Physical Fitness Test
Appendix B Climbing Bars
Appendix C Posture and Body Mechanics
Appendix D Environmental Considerations
Appendix E Obstacle Negotiation
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