I’ll preface this by saying I’m not a camouflage expert, and I’m sure the PhD’s are going to rip this apart. The point of this post is to demonstrate how color is a contributing factor in detection, within the context of Tactical Assault Climbing. The images in this post are not touched up, Photoshopped or altered in any way other than being cropped and zoomed.
When I think of TCCC, I think of how the military critically looked at the way it was teaching its medics to treat casualties. What they realized was that they were teaching them to be civilian paramedics but then expecting them to treat very different casualty types in very different environments than that of civilian paramedics. The change was desperately needed and has since proven very effective, customizing medical treatment to combat injury patterns and battlefield environment. The same is very true for climbing. The old way was to teach recreational climbing, with recreational equipment to soldiers. We’ve come a long way, and the GREEN Kit is a significant contributor to that progress.
Below are a series of photos that depict military style assault climbing. You’ll see that your eye is immediately drawn to the contrasting color, no matter how small. Red’s and blues are the most unnatural in the demonstrated environment and therefore should catch your eye first. Zoomed in, you’ll see how a simple red sling can make a huge difference.
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Hopefully that adequately demonstrated the importance of color in selecting equipment for use in a tactical environment.