We play in the Eastern Sierra Mountains, Marines train in them

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 3, 2009 5:58 am

Bridgeport, California is in the Eastern Sierra Mountains, near Mammoth and the Yosemite Valley. It’s known for great backcountry skiing and snowboarding as well as snowshoeing. It provides some of the coldest weather in all of California. That’s good for us, but it’s also good for another group of people.

The United States Marines. In order to train and prepare for the harsh winters in Afghanistan, California based Marines come to Bridgeport to get some intese training in. This past year, 13,541 Marines have trained in these mountains. Col. Norman Cooling was quoted as saying “no other military venue in the nation can replicate these conditions better than here in the Eastern Sierra.” In the nation? Wow.                                                                       photo courtesy of virtualcities.com

From the LA Times article this morning: “Bridgeport is meant to prepare Marines for Afghanistan’s cold, snowy winters; rugged landscape where communication is difficult; and high altitudes where breathing is labored and the trajectory of bullets is difficult to gauge. To enhance the realism, various areas are given names meant to sound Afghan.” The British and Dutch military send troops to train here too.

It’s interesting to think that while we’re out having fun in these mountains, other people are using them to train for war. We wish our troops the best and hope they all come home soon and safely.