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Mountain Cold Weather Company

Norwich Mountain Cold Weather Company

Climb to Conquer

The mission of the Mountain and Cold Weather Company (MCWC) is to train and develop Norwich cadets in all disciplines of mountaineering, leadership and survival and the tactics of military mountaineering, small-unit patrolling and reconnaissance in compliance with standards issued by the U.S. Army and the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA).

From climbing, rappelling, skiing, snowshoeing to learning to manage tactical operations at elevation in subzero temperatures, cadets emerge ready for duty and adventure. The Mountain and Cold Weather Company strives to produce exceptional leaders by applying a regimen of rigorous physical and technical training, upholding  high standards of physical fitness and mental and technical aptitude and affording a variety of experiences in high-angle, alpine and extreme cold weather environments.

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MCWC Two-Stage Program

Level 1 Greenstick: Backcountry rescue, rope systems, ice/rock climbing basics, tactical movement and patrol

Level 2 Blackhat: Advanced rescue, advanced alpine climbing, ski, advanced patrol & tactical

Cadet Matthew Cutting, ’22
Criminal Justice | U.S. Army

"MCW has changed my life, and I accredit my successes, accomplishments and where I am today with the lessons learned in MCW. Not only have I learned skills related to all facets of mountaineering, but I have learned to lead through mountaineering, which is extremely high risk. To learn and test leadership ability in some of the highest risk environments is a testament to the successes our members have achieved."

Norwich Mountain Cold Weather Company

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