The first international stage of the Sayan march 2019 has kicked off in the Krasnoyarsk region. Competitive tracks are laid on the territory of the 5th Center of the Central Military District, which is located in the Yergaki natural park. The Sayan March contest kicked off at a training center in the Ergaki national park in the East Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk on Sunday. Winter competitions for mountaineering units were added to the International Army Games for the first time this year. The contestants will have to fulfil eleven assignments in a span of five days. The competition is held from 17 to 21 February and is the only winter discipline of the International Army Games 2019.
The participants covered 15.5 km in high-altitude areas with a climb of up to 2,000 meters and completed six special tasks: they searched for a mock wounded in an avalanche, skied down the slope in rope team, fired arms as part of a section, lifted the wound down the slope and climbed the slope in grapnels. After overcoming the route of the first day of the competition, the teams equipped the field camp in the taiga, where they have to spend the night, in the morning to go to the second stage and identify the strongest military professional in this extreme kind of competition.