Good day Finland Trackers! I have not forgotten you. Here is a start in a series of article that I will write reference Human Tracking and Anti-Tracking. I hope that you enjoyed the last article on Anti-Tracking. This coming year until April of 2015, I will be basically writing a series of article on the “How to of Tracking”. [Read more…]
By: David Diaz
llusion: An erroneous perception of reality – The American Heritage Dictionary
“Co-coo-cooo-cooo.” “Whirr! Whirr!” “Beep! Beep!” “Beep! Beep!” El Corre Camino – This is the name bestowed by the Mexicans. The scientific Rico Suave Latin term is Geocococyx Californianus.
While teaching the art and science of Human Tracking, Anti and Counter Tracking throughout the Southwest El Corre Camino was a sight to see for a city slicker boy like me. This phenomenal bird runs on the roads and desert lands of the Southwestern United States while uninterruptedly crossing in and out of the Mexican frontera. [Read more…]
The instinct of man is to pursue everything that flies from him, and to fly from all that pursue him. –Voltaire
Tracking has been around since the beginning of time. It probably began when men realized they were hungry. They tracked their Chase by learning the flora and fauna in their geographic environment. Through trial and error, and loss of life, tracking was refined over the centuries. Families, tribes, and colonies with their scouts used tracking skills for their survival, commandeering needed commodities and control of their domain.
Leaders, spies, and undeserving fugitives, with knowledge of the wilderness, its danger, and its food sources, survived when others perished. A memoir by U.S. Army officer Homer Wheeler captured the skill of a scout named Poor Elk, trailing renegade Cheyenne near Yellowstone in 1874:
“Poor Elk followed about a mile to where the pursued party had camped. He brushed away the ashes from the dead fires and felt of the earth underneath, examined the droppings of the animals, counted the number of fires and noticed, by marks made by the pins, the size of the lodges; carefully scrutinized some moccasins, bits of cloth, that has been thrown away; noticed that the moccasins were sewn with thread instead of sinew and were made as the Sioux made them… A sweat-lodge had been built, indicating that they had remained in camp at least on day, and droppings of the animals determined that the stay had been but one. The position of the camp, the tying of the animals near the tepees and the wickiups, the number of lodges, the care taken by the Indians in leaving, all these things furnished evidence as to the number of Indians and animals and the number of days since they had camped there. Though moving steadily, yet they were in no special hurry; were Sioux and not Cheyennes; had recently left an agency; had not crossed the Yellowstone at the time reported, but two days earlier; were evidently a party of Sioux who were on the way to join the Indians north of the British line. In fact, the record left by these Indians was as complete as though it had been carefully written out.” The Soldier, The Old West Series (New York: Time Life Books, 1974) 117.
What is the SPOT device? It is a hand held personal satellite signaling device. Carry it on your person and send signals to pre-designated people to update your location and situation. It is simple and relatively cheap. There are several types of services to choose from and plans available. The device sends a remote signal to a mark your exact location and a predetermined message via e-mail or text message to a maximum of ten different people. [Read more…]
At age 52 and as of today 53, sadly, I consider every pound that goes in on my backpack. Approx. 1 year ago I purchased a new backpack for leisure use and extended trekking. I relegated my Military Large ‘ALICE” to hunting and rough country hard use trips. As I said this is for leisure, not military combat operations, and contracting / mercenary type applications. I hiked the Grand Canyon for a week recently, the Eastern Sierra, Kings Canyon and a little bit in Israel with it so far. [Read more…]
My wife “Lisa” and I have backpacked, camped and traveled for many years together. My wife is not a fan of sleeping in the dirt anymore and prefers more creature comforts these days. [Read more…]
Recently, I was looking for a cause to support and assist this year. I’m semi-retired and always looking for some good cause, adventure and challenge. I have done some things around the globe as a civilian unsupported and feel comfortable taking the plunge. I’ve ended up in my share of shit sandwiches but that’s part of the game. [Read more…]