Important of Being a Track Reader
the people, who live in the primitive area, are still depending
on their nature to fulfill their daily needs and survive. In
this article we will learn, how the ability to read the track is
still an important thing in this present life.
Australian aborigines even today retain an ability to read
tracks that seem to us fantastic. A recently reported case
concerned a lost four-year-old child in New South Wales. Forty
men from the settlement searched in impenetrable underbrush for
a whole day, both afoot and on horseback, without finding a
single recognizable "footprint." Then a native tracker was sent
for, although there seemed to be no discoverable trace on the
sun-dried ground. The aborigine circled the house at continually
increasing distances. Finally he stopped, and then struck out on
a straight path along which he followed mysterious "tracks"
which no one else saw: a crushed leaf here, a bent branch there,
a little pebble almost unnoticeably moved to one side. He
frequently dropped to all fours, and twice he lost the traces on
stony ground. But at dusk he led the anxious searchers to the
lost child, who lay sleeping propped against a tree trunk.
The keen perceptions of these people can only be explained by
their hard battle for existence. Stalking game with stone-age
hunting weapons in the Australian wastelands may well have kept
their senses awake and sharp, and it probably also enables them
to make deductions with such presence of mind. The aborigine
does not infer from the tracks merely what animal made them; the
traces also reveal to him how large or how old the animal is and
whether it is healthy, fresh and in good condition, or sick and
tired. While you may never achieve this skill, handed down
through generations, there is much you can learn.
The human footprint lets you draw conclusions about many things.
Frequently you can decide at first glance whether you are
dealing with the print of a man's shoe or a woman's, especially
if a woman was wearing high heels. From the size of the shoe you
can make a rough guess about the person's height, and his weight
may be revealed by the depth of the print in the ground. From
the distance between the steps you can tell whether he was
walking or running, still another clue to the energy of the
person. Short steps and a deep imprint of the front part of the
foot indicate that the person in question was carrying a load.
The distance between the right and left foot tells you something
about the person's width.
Every shoeprint has its characteristic features: the pattern of
a rubber sole, missing nails, repairs or heel plates. A
footprint rarely appears in isolation. Nearby impressions show
if the person was using a cane or an umbrella. Matches, cigar or
cigarette butts, the contents of an emptied pipe, or chewing gum
wrappers characterize the person more closely. Pebbles and bits
of earth, or water and mud in rainy weather are thrown to the
rear, supplying evidence of the direction in which a vehicle
went. Similarly, a furrow or ridge of earth is pressed out
broadly in the direction a bicycle is going. If a bicycle makes
a curve, then the wheel tracks form a narrow angle to each other
in the direction the bicycle turns.
Things which are unnoticeable can be a guideline during the
track. Even something as impersonal as a bicycle track can
reveal all sorts of things.
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