This appendix discusses climbing bars required for physical readiness training.
B-1. Figure B-1 shows the climbing bar layout required for toughening and sustaining phase PRT drills.
B-2. The specifications for the climbing bars follow:
- Five posts.
- Each of the five posts measures 6 inches square by 12 feet long.
- Each post is sunk 3 feet into the ground.
- Two bars.
- Each of the two bars is a threaded water pipe.
- Each bar measures 1.5 inches outside diameter by 12 feet long.
- Each bar has two 1-inch deep end caps.
- The bars are through the 6 by 6s at 7.5 and 8 feet above the ground.
- The distance from inside post edge to inside post edge is about 62 inches (Figure B-2). This is to allow enough bar space to conduct all exercises safely.
- The step-ups (16 inches long) are cut from 4 by 4 inches by 8-foot posts and secured to the 6 by 6s with 3-inch screws that are countersunk.
- The step-ups on the outside 6 by 6 posts are 18 inches from the ground; the step-ups on the inside post are 24 inches above the ground (Figure B-3).
B-3. The following planning considerations apply:
- Climbing bars provide adequate space and facilitate better command and control than traditional pull-up bars.
- Traditional pull-up bars are too narrow to safely and efficiently conduct the CLs.
- Use of multiple climbingbar ―pods,‖ as shown in Figure B-4, allow for efficient mass training.
- The CLs require one bar for every three Soldiers when performed as a single activity.
- Total ground surface area for four pods is only 625 square feet.
- Four pods will accommodate 16 stations of 3 Soldiers per station for a total of 48 Soldiers.
- Additional freestanding pods should be constructed to accommodate more Soldiers.