Litter bearers hand a loaded litter up a 60 degree slope to an aid station. The bearers are assisted by ropes strung between the trees, made necessary by the muddy terrain that never dries. The muddy terrain is such an obstacle that one litter crew can work only 30 to 50 yards without relief. This trail runs through a pocket of enemy troops making it necessary for the crews to carry arms to ward off attacks from machine guns and snipers. 25th Medical Battalion, 25th Division. Guadalcanal. 01/10/1943. Selected by Kathleen.