Italian Alpini (elite mountain infantery) training in the Dolomites Mountains. They just spent several days in the very rugged mountains, training with ropes (rappelling) and carrying very heavy backpacks and military assault weapons.
The Alpini are currently involved in the mountainous regions of Afganistan (as of 2012).
For more information about the Alpini Troops, go to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpini.
For more info about the Dolomites, go to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolomites.