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 Post subject: The SAS Guide to Tracking
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:46 am 
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Has anybody read The SAS Guide to Tracking by Bob Carss (The Lyons Press)?

From the Amazon page for the book:
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Anyone who has spent any time outdoors has come across strange tracks and wondered, "What was here?" In this new and revised edition of "The SAS Guide to Tracking," a veteran of Britain's elite Special Air Service shows how to track any moving thing, in any environment, and under nearly any circumstance. An essential handbook for developing a new awareness of the outdoors," "this book is the perfect companion for naturalists, outdoorspeople, hunters, wildlife photographers, search-and-rescue teams, and law enforcement organizations. Included are tips on: Tracking in desert, forest, jungle, marsh, and grassy areas Interpreting animal, human, and vehicle signs Preserving night vision Using time frames to eliminate misleading signs Detecting quarry when they backtrack or circle around Interpreting how time and weather affect signs Spotting intentionally misleading signsWith a Foreword by John "Lofty" Wiseman, author of "The SAS Survival Handbook"


I'm considering buying it.

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This joker on the TV programme "Ultimate Survivor", is he not a former SAS man?

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 Post subject: Re: The SAS Guide to Tracking
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Bear Grylls? Not sure.
He is a bit of a joker on the show, however I have read several reviews of some of his books on Amazon and most of them say that the advice in his books is much more sober than the show.

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 Post subject: Re: The SAS Guide to Tracking
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joshilewis wrote:
Bear Grylls? Not sure.
He is a bit of a joker on the show, however I have read several reviews of some of his books on Amazon and most of them say that the advice in his books is much more sober than the show.


The book must be better, with no cockroach eating to draw the TV crowds. Btw. is the book not suited for European conditions only? I have an interesting book, which I can't find at the moment, called "Don't die in the Bush" which was written by an ex Rhodesian, and if memory serves he was a former Selous Scout. This book gives all kinds of tips on tracking, finding food and water etc, in the Southern African region.

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Ah, I have found it. The name of the book is "Don't die in the Bundu" by Colonel DH Grainger, O.B.E., E.D Rhodesian Army. In the book there are tips about food sources, dangerous animals, traps and snares, tracker and quarry, pointers to direction and many more. Really fascinating stuff.

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Rooies, got to check if it's the same one I have at home! :hmz:

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Rooies wrote:
Btw. is the book not suited for European conditions only? I have an interesting book
From what I've ascertained from the reviews etc, no.

The other book sounds interesting. I wonder if its still available. Do you think its out of date at all?

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I would rather go for "Practical tracking" by Liebenberg et all, also discussed here. But again, if you can have both ... why not?

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 Post subject: Re: The SAS Guide to Tracking
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Josh, it is an old book, so I don't think that it is still available. Imberbe, it is like the bird books, SASOL, Newmans, Roberts, Sinclair, Oberprieler and Cilliers and the rest. The more, the merrier. I buy them all.

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:lol: :thumbs_up:

I know the feeling ...

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 Post subject: Re: The SAS Guide to Tracking
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Imberbe, I already have Practical Tracking :)

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Have ordered the book. It should arrive sometime early October

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I finished this book towards the end of December. It wasn't the easiest book to get through.
I don't recommend this book for nature trackers, its focus is more on stealth, stalking etc, from a military point of view (obvious from the title). There was some explanation on animal movement etc but the treatment in Practical Tracking is much better.

I suppose the book is useful from a concealment while stalking point of view, but I would say but it only if you already have a few books on the subject.

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