Advanced Tracking Course (June, 30th 2018)

I’m utterly proud of my Students at Advanced Tracking Course (in collaboration with Discovery Way): mosquitos and hot sun didn’t stop them and they did an amazing job, becoming Sign Cutters!

“grazie per l’ottimo corso “Advanced Man-Tracking” tenuto lo scorso 30/6/2018… sei molto brava, professionale e coinvolgente. Ottime tutte le varie prove che ci hai fatto fare, ed in particolare mi e’ piaciuta molto la prova di ricerca (in tre Trackers) in discesa nel bosco di un uomo ferito… questa e’ stata la prima ricerca riuscita delle tracce di una persona dispersa… che figata ! Thank you so much and hope to be Tracking again with you soon !¬†
-Nino-“

 

 

Basic Tracking Course (March, 17th 2018)

I’m eagerly proud of all my students at Basic Tracking Course. Not an easy day for sure! Heavy rain, cold temperature, and tracks that disappear in less than a hour. But let me say this: if you start great, you’ll do great. We all put a lesson learnt to use for sure.

 

Combat tracking teams of Vietnam.

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Not much is really known about them except for the few specialty instructors around that have dug into it some. They were a special operations team to say the least. Acceptance rates to qualify for a team were similar, maybe even lower than the the qualifications of today.

They were extremely good and extremely well trained in close quarters combat, man-tracking, reconnaissance, camouflage, silent movement, concealment, operating as a team, and the list goes on. Some have said that the trackers, and dog handlers of the teams were more comfortable in the jungle than the enemy who lived there. You have to understand that they were reprogrammed so to speak to make embedded memories of how to behave in the environment they were put into.

This combative behavior was drilled into their memories by constantly preforming the tasks over and over again to the point that it no longer took thought to preform the tasks. It became as natural as chewing gum. Just being in the jungle after their training developed more of these traits as they learned what worked and what didn’t. Situational awareness became an instant process as well, but probably to a greater extreme due to the environment.

I can go on for days about things that most probably don’t really know. I was fortunate enough to have known Neil who was what I consider one of the best of them. He never offered me any training, but I hounded him quite often for the training he gave me.

I would assume there’s not a lot of the combat trackers left since it was quite a while ago, but if you ever get a chance to pick the mind of one that will let you, you’ll never be sorry you did.

These were and still are great men. My hat is off to you all.

Courtesy of  David Everhart