Major Alan Davies told the BBC that the Brecon Beacons is one the most challenging terrains military personnel can encounter:
"On one end of the spectrum you have cadets being taken for mountain walking and at the other end of the spectrum the SAS use it," he said.
He added that the three men may have been carrying very heavy equipment and working to a deadline, which meant they would have been pushing themselves very hard.
Emotional tributes have been paid to a third army reserve soldier who died from injuries sustained during SAS selection training.
One of two Army reservists killed in a military exercise in the Brecon Beacons on Saturday has been named as Lance Corporal Craig Roberts.