Posted by: Jacqui Murray | April 29, 2010

How the SAS Tracks the Enemy

The SAS Guide to Tracking (SAS)The SAS Guide to Tracking

by Bob Carss and Stewart Birch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
For one not in the field, this was clear, informative, put me in his shoes. I needed to know this stuff for a book I’m writing, and I have considerable confidence ex-SAS member Bob Carss knows of which he talks.

He begins by explaining common terms, such as a “top sign,” markings left above ankle height; “pointers,” signs that tell the general direction of the quarry; and a “conclusive sign,” markings that confirm the quarry’s presence. The difference between tracks left by a quarry and false tracks are described, as well as how a pattern of signs builds into the tracking picture – the overall movement, direction, and motivation of the quarry. Included are tips on: tracking in desert, forest, jungle, marsh, and grassy areas; interpreting animal, human, and vehicle signs, how to preserve night vision; using time frames to eliminate misleading signs; detecting quarry when they backtrack or circle around; how time and weather affect signs; how to spot intentionally misleading signs.

He almost had me signing up for a course–but then I had another beer.

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