To read is to understand. To understand is to belong.

How many times we have seen the ground and just considered it terrain, grain, grass, peebles, sand and more over or even concrete and asphalt? Thousands.

Learn how to read the ground“. That precisely what Tracking is.

Ground  shows up itself as an amalgam of signs, as an inner chaos to the most novices among Tracking novices. We see it, but most of times we don’t look at it. We don’t think at it. It’s over there, underneath our feet, we don’t pay attention to its voice because it’s just an element, we take it for granted.

Nothing is granted at all, especially the Ground. That’s why, if we really want to learn how to read it, we have to listen to his silent voice.

Does Ground have a voice? It has! It speaks throughout the passages of man and beast. Every contact leaves a trace; this way, every sign is a word, then a sentence, then again a story.

Learn to track duly involves the capability to understand the Ground. More specifically: What’s happened. When. Why. How may persons. Animals.

Time after time, that reading will become a belonging. To a certain scenario, to a particular time. We will find ourselves surprised to kinda feel having been present to that moment – the moment in which tracks were made. Just like a whole thing.





Visualization in Tracking.

Visualization is not seeing. “When you sees something, the retina captures the image and transmits it to the brain, where the image is elaborated”, quoting JC Nash’s ETA Program. So your mind needs a proper time to understand what has been seen and puts it into the “right category” inside the mental data base. It’s a a sort of passive process, where you don’t even get consciousness of.

By the other way, Visualization plays a crucial role in Tracking. When you track, you have this precise image in your mind about what kind of signs you will run across into a certain scenario and with a particular medium. You kinda know what you expect for. We could quite say that you “visualize” in your mind prior the tracks, and the whole trail (trackline) too. Then you check the terrain for confirmable evidence. Working with your mind and not only with your eyes will make you a better observer first, second a good Tracker. When I was attending the Tactical Acuity Class in Virginia, JC Nash and Mike Hull often said “Guys, you have to think outside the box”, mainly referred to some exercises hold into the tracking pit.

That’s the precise reason you must consider what your mind tells you throughout visualization.




History of Man Tracking: 1834, FreMantle (Australia).

One of the most outstanding cases of excellence in Tracking can be related to Aborigenal Trackers, becoming legendary to the minds and eyes of the White People, whose first Colonies started established in the Isle in 1788. To them, Aboriginal Trackers did have such an inner, magic, misty power: they are able to follow a quarry just simply reading signs n the terrain. They developed this skill, as Boshimani, due to the necessity of gathering edible plants, hunting and survival of their tribal community. They handed down from their fathers to their children Tracking Art.

To speak easily, Aboriginal Trackers are able to track everything or everyone who passed through their lands: the knowledge of their environment translated herself into the reading of minuscule signs between the bushes, on sands and dry areas.

Due to their Tracking abilities, they started to be employed by Police and Australian Army in the research of missing people.

First case ever occurred in 1834, in Fremantle (Western Austrialia) where two trackers, named Mogo and Mollydobbin, managed to  track missing five-year-old boy in such a arid and harsh country for more than ten hours. Thanks to their Tracking ability, the little boy could get back home sound and safe. Thrirty years later, the Duff Children were tracked and found in the Victorian Wimmera, after being lost for nine days under a continuuos, heavy rain. The “black Trackers” managed to bring them home.


History of Man Tracking-The Primitive Era.

Tracking has been an essential skill to Primitive Men, as it happened to be the cornerstone of their survival ability, and also their will to.

Years before the Man started to devote himself to plantations and farms, the Tracking expertise allowed him to follow his game in every kind of scenario: forests, meadows, grasslands, savanna, and also near river beds and banks.

At that time, Primitive Men were totally tied up to the quarries in an outstanding survival chain and mechanism of life and death. Knowing how to locate tracks of game (small and large animals) and how to follow them in order to reach and kill it was a daily matter and challenge.

As years go by, Man learned how to be as more as accurate as possible with his exstimation and evaluation of how many probabilities did he have to follow a certain trail using only his Tracking abilities and look at the terrain in search of signs of the game passage.

In order to achieve his goal, Primitive Man used what nowadays is named Visual Tracking: the Art of reading signs left on the terrain by, simply, seeing them and knowing their meaning.

In several cases, Tracking has been defined the Art to interpret all the signs left of a praticular terrain. Signs are letters, trails are sentences, and, so on, the ground tells you a story. Tracker and Border Patrol Agent Ab Taylor loved to call it this way.

Even now, in specific tribal communties such as Boshimani, Tracking is still relevant to survival and it is handed down from one generation to another, in a perpetuum circle of life and conservation of a skill which, if not used, would be a terrible loss of one of the most precious ability which connects Man to Mother Nature.