The Mountain Trackers Association is a organization of volunteers that teach the art
of tracking. They take their personal time to gather for a week to teach students tracking,
repelling, river crossings and mountain survival. You might think
that its alot to cram into
one week, but any combination of these tasks may be required in order to continue a live track.
Tracking is the knowledge of knowing what to look for after a person has moved
through an area. Human Tracking today is mainly used for lost persons or fleeing fugatives.
Despite popular belief,
good Trackers do not have to be descendants of Davy Crockett or
nor must they be part Indian. Good Trackers are not born-- they must be trained and then
practice for many years.
In order for this training to be effective
there are a few basic requirements for the student to meet--
one is a willingness to learn
the others are patience and determination. Tracking works only when logical
process is utilized. It is fitting together facts and evidence that can be obtained from the ground and
vegetation. It is a process of inductive logic where from a particular piece of evidence you are able
to form the overall picture and deal with facts and not conjecture or hearsay.
It is unfortunate that at this time
the art of Tracking is not more widespread in its use.
The investigator or searcher who is not track conscious and is not trained to regard
all of the evidence
is helping to discredit the art. Tracking is not an outdated relic of
the past. It is a viable concept that is more important today than it ever has been.
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