Shilo soldiers are slogging through the heat with heavy packs near Ninette today and tomorrow as they train for an even more challenging event later this summer.
The 40 troops come from both the First Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery and Second Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
They're doing a 12 kilometre run, followed by a 1.2 kilometre canoe portage, a six kilometre paddle on Pelican Lake and then a second run of three kilometres — and they're doing it all with 35-pound backpacks on.
The training is in lead-up to the 50 kilometre Mountain Man event that is to be held in Alberta later this summer.
Solidiers will be doing their runs along Highway 23 through Ninette along the lake as well as on a route through town, and motorists are asked to be careful as they travel through the area.
The training is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. and should wrap up by noon.