posted on Aug, 8 2007 @ 03:21 AM
True, but when you're not being tracked, you needn't worry about leaving "evidence". Also false telltales can hinder a search if done right, and
if a pursuer is misled you buy time or tactical advantage.
Another thing I do is poke holes in soft stuff with my staff as i walk to ensure an additional "bread crumb trail" I'd be easy to track until i
go into stealth mode and leave no trace. Then, good luck, i'll be watching my pursuers follow my "trail" onto bad ground, such as into a dead end
canyon filled with thick spiny stuff.
I'm speaking in the context of wanting to backtrack your route defintively, and also as a trail for SAR to follow should one go missing while solo
IDK about most of you, but I do everything solo. Nobody's stupid enough to follow me where i go, even athletic hikers complain about being brought
on a death march when i stick to trails, and i hate waiting for noisy people with lights to crash through the bush cursing thorns and bugs, and
whining about "where's the trail?" When i go out into nature, i go INTO nature, low crawling through underbrush, ascending the steepest sections
to cover more vertical quickly, climbing waterfalls and rocks, going places that no beer can has ever been thrown or trace of modern humans can be
found. I do find Petroglyphs, worked stone, ancient cairns, as well as old mines and mining campsites from the 19th and early 20th century.
On occasion a couple of close friends who can really hang are allowed to come hiking with me, one is a veteran marathon trail runner from Colorado,
the other a native of the mountain i live on who will show me how to jump down a 20' waterfall into the silt pile any day or night, and is perfectly
content with plowing through acacia or running up talus slopes and fast trail running.
But for the most part, i'm on my own when i'm out, and nobody knows i'm gone so leaving a good trail is a cheap insurance policy should i be
missing for a few days.