Tracking in Movies and TV Series.

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!

Borderline
Borderline, 1980
The Hunted
The Hunted, 2003
The Edge
The Edge, 1997
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The Deadly Trackers, 1973
Jurassic World
Jurassic World, 2015
The Missing
The Missing, 2003
The Unit
The Unit, 2006
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead, 2010
True Detective
True Detective, 2014

 

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About enhancing tracks at night.

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.

 

 

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Promotional image, found on the web.

 

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Promotional image, found on the web.

Below you can find the set of photos I’ve taken enhancing the same track with the different lights on disposal.

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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]

 

Observation Training.

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.

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The Tracking Stick.

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Taken from “Wildwood Tracking”

The Tracking Stick, as well for Man tracking as for animal tracking, introduced in a sort of “official way” by Jack Kearney, is no doubt a valuable tool for the Tracker to determine the Rob Speiden so-called Prime Sign Area (Foundations for Awareness, Signcutting and Tracking) where you can easily find the next track once detected the stride of the missing person (or quarry).

The Tracking stick can be very helpful (especially in relocating the track) even if its use can involve a bit of your time and your efforts due to the placement and the detection of the right measurements. Not to mention when your missing person or quarry had suddenly changed his/her gait. In this particular case, you have to detect again the brand new stride and the place the tracking stick again, taking new measurements and come along with that.

Personally, I infrequently use it, but I’m working on a personal project which I will show you in the next post.