It wasn’t an easy movement. Not only were they in hostile territory (though the Shuryek Valley was considerably more friendly toward US forces than the Korengal and Chichal, on the other side of the ridge), but they were facing the same brutally steep, rocky terrain that the Rangers had been moving over, in the dark. Under those circumstances, and with the loads involved, to include radios, batteries, water, ammunition, and the specialized rescue equipment they would need, footing becomes treacherous, and a single slip can result in a nasty fall, which can set back the movement at best, and result in serious injury at worst. The rescue team had to move slowly and carefully not only because of the difficulty of the terrain and the weight, but simply to avoid needlessly risking the success of the mission.
The movement, less than a mile as the crow flies, took over 6 hours. At 0330Z, with the sun already up, the PJs made contact with the Rangers, and linked up on the high ground above the bodies.
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