Joint Training Course based on Tracking Skills I’ve hold in collaboration between
C.R.O.W. [Conservation Rangers Worldwide Operations] and
HULL’s TRACKING SCHOOL just days before their deployment.
So pleased to have been invited by Steve Wb and his awesome radio!
Have you ever experienced a sense of dizziness just a couple of minutes of early dirt time? I have, I won’t hide you that. It comes out that my mind and my eyes start to tremble in the precise moment I need them the most. You can easily figure out the scene: I’m just arrived in the woods and I start to do my regular dirt time when I soon realize that I can’t focus my eyes and my mind as much as I would, and I can feel like a sense of lightheadedness. Odd, isn’t it? I used to get mad about that. Oh, I was super upset with myself I mean. I used to start considering how many hours of good sleep I had, what I had for supper, if I drank too much beers the evening before. Yep, I had this habit of making a list of all the possible “bad things” I’ve done just in order to understand the reasons beyond that dizziness (the cause behind an awful performance as well I mean!)
After long thoughts I came out with this simple explanation: that dizziness came from the sudden projection of me inside a different scenario. That’s exactly what I mean: you can’t simply reach the woods, jump off the car and tell yourself: ok, let’s track. You can’t, unless you are a Master Tracker (and surely I’m not already that!).
You need much more time – to be precise, your OWN time to project yourself into a new scenario, especially if you live in a big town as I do. You kinda have to detox yourself from urban environment and get in a brand new one. Woods have their own light, their own voice, their own laws. You must take your time to immerse yourself in them.
I’m not talking about hippie stuff or what. I just tell you how many benefits it has when it comes to Tracking. Craig Caudill from Nature Reliance School in his awesome book Extreme Wilderness Survival mentioned that too.
Take it easy, find yourself motionless in the middle of the very first woods you come across during your training, take deep, relaxing breaths and pay attention to all the details your eyes and mind can catch. This will be a great aid to your Tracking skill. It worked a lot on me and still it does!
I eventually come out with this consideration about that annoying dizziness: I just had to become familiar with a new scenario, and develop my capability of reception of every single detail of that environment.
It sounds easy and beneficial, doesn’t it? Let’s try and see!
Frantically updated as I run across into new stuff, this list is intended to be an invitation. Not all the movies here mentioned are masterpiece or what, they just contain some scenes (good or bad reconstructions, it depends) based on Tracking.
Enjoy and please write me pm or leave a comment if you have some other good titles. I’m hungry for that!
In my personal experience as a student of Tracking, in quite every book I’ve read I’ve run across the amount of importance light has in Tracking. Not only daylight I mean. To the most of people, Tracking during the darkness should be an oxymoron. How could you think to follow tracks when it’s night? How could you even dare to consider it?
But the night shouldn’t be an abnegation.
You can track. Simply. In certain cases, you must track. Because you are in a manhunt, or you are taking part to a SAR Team, looking for a missing person. Because you are a Tracker, not “a part time one”.
For this specific reason, the use of extra tools (to your eyes and mind) to accomplish your mission should be a consistent idea.
Two years ago I’ve purchased a P7 Torch by Led Lenser in an effort to start a night training.
Let me be honest. I don’t have any endorsement from Led Lenser. They never shared any of my post on Instagram or Facebook. They don’t even know that I exist! I’ve just made my choice considering the price and the four lights available inside the torch. Easy peasy.
Then I’ve tested it a lot during some dirty time, with different nuances of darkness. From shades to dark night, frantically changing the colors, trying to following the suggestions I’ve earned from all the books I’ve studied (you can find them here): blu is great for tracks in snow, red tends to make the vision of the tracks blurry, white is good but green is even better.
Below you can find the set of photos I’ve taken enhancing the same track with the different lights on disposal.
As you can notice by yourself, white light works great with this kind of terrain. Second place goes to green light. Blue’s kinda disaster. The rank could change drastically with a completely different kind of terrain and scenario. Infact, my fave light color has always been the green one, and see how it failed this time.
Titling the post, I’ve used the word “enhancing” on purpose. Even if this bulky torch works good, it cannot be a substitute for your eyes. You have to handle it in the right way not to only to enhance track, but also to detect them, bearing in mind the Golden Rule: STY [Sun-Track-You]. Keeping the track always between you and the source of light.
If you dig this torch, you can find a complete review here. “The LED Lenser P7QC is powered by 4 AAA batteries and puts out 220 lumens in high power mode. Its max luminous range is 60 meters and you can expect to get about 3 hours of light in high.”
Maybe Led Lenser will know about your existence!
[All Rights of the article: Kyt Walken, 2017]
A crucial part in Tracking is played by observation of every detail which happens to be “out of order” in Nature. In fact, the gait of a person walking in a forest, for example, not only determines his presence in it, but it does also alterate the natural state of that particular kind of environment. What you may notice is sistematically coeherent with Tracking. There are disturbances, primarily on the ground, and then again, possibly, on trees or, onward, on the bush which can border that forest.
You pretty much come in contact with every single detail which is “out-of-order”. But it isn’t so simple to detect them.
As “practice makes perfect“, experience and costant, frantic training are essential when it comes to Tracking.
In “Training in Tracking” by Gilcraft (that you can easily download HERE, the Author highly recommends the practice of Kim’s Game in order to enhance not only your observation, but also your abilities in Tracking.
Worlwide Kim’s Game has been very popular among Scouts: beyond that, you will find in it an utter aid to your personal training development and accretion of your natural awareness.