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Weekend Tracking Course

Weekend Tracking Course

£180.00 per person

The Weekend Tracking Course from Original Outdoors is a weekend tracking training course based in North Wales.

2nd-3rd June 2018

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Course Description

Weekend Tracking Course

2- Day weekend trackingt course held in North Wales

£180.00 per person

Tracking is a skill that cannot be taught in only a couple of days – but we can show you the techniques and methods used by professional and experienced trackers across the globe and help you develop your tracking in the future.

Tracking a human and an animal require different techniques but there are similarities, particularly in the connection between the tracker and the environment, the patience required and the observational skills that can be developed through practice. The course instructors come from mountain rescue and military backgrounds – not only have they spent years learning the skills, they have used the skills and techniques taught on this course on live operations.

There is also a lot to discuss in subjects around tracking, including missing person behaviour, anti-tracking techniques and tracking passive and active subjects. This course is designed to be of use to several audiences, and practice in one area of tracking skills will improve your skills elsewhere.

Please see below for full course content.

The course runs from 10:00am Saturday to approximately 4-5:00pm Sunday.

Course Content

  • Introduction to spotting and interpreting sign
  • Sign and shape recognition
  • Footprint and gait analysis
  • Wildlife ID
  • Tracking planning and development
  • Tracking tools
  • Recording and annotating tracks
  • Efficient tracking techniques
  • SAR tracking
  • Law Enforcement tracking
  • Anti-tracking techniques
  • Missing person behaviour and search

Day One

We will meet you in the nearby town then drive to our basecamp area. The start of the course covers the basic terminology of tracking and includes an element of ‘mythbusting’ as to what can realistically be achieved by modern tracking techniques. After some practical sessions we will explore the surrounding area before returning to the camp to discuss planning and subject containment in a variety of different scenarios.
After dark we will head out again for tracking of a live subject in poor visibility and by torchlight.

Day Two

The second day begins with a review of the subjects covered the day before, then classroom (around the campfire) sessions on missing person behaviour, combat and law enforcement tracking and practical applications of tracking. We then head out again on a mock exercise, with realistic tracks and information based on years of working with professional tracking users.

Required Equipment

You will need to bring basic outdoor equipment, plus camping equipment (or arrange for accommodation nearby if you prefer not to camp). You will also need notepads, pens, lighting and other simple equipment.
A full kit list will be sent out once you have booked.

Course Timings

The Weekend Tracking Course runs from a Saturday to a Sunday. The course is paced to balance learning opportunities with personal development time, and in order to make the most of our time in the forest and fields the working days can be quite long. However, breaks and rest periods are built into each day:
Day 1 – Start at 10:00am, finish at 8:00pm (plus overnight 2-hr tracking session)
Day 2 – Start at 7:30am, finish at 4:00 – 5:00pm

Food and Accommodation

The course is conducted entirely outdoors with the evening at an expedition-style camp. We have a covered teaching, cooking and social area at the basecamp, but we will also be working away from this camp for much of the daylight hours.
There is no food provided but there are open fires with grills to cook over, plus drinking water and basic (expedition-style) toilet facilities.

Course Location

The course takes place in the Clwydian Range AONB in North Wales, on the edge of Clocaenog Forest. There is camping available (included in the course price) or you can choose to stay off-site and return in the morning for the second day. However as there is a lot of discussion during ‘downtime’ that you will find useful we strongly encourage all students to stay on-site.

Full joining instructions and meeting points will be sent out by email after you book a place on the course.


Do I need to bring any equipment?

You will need to bring basic outdoor equipment plus camping gear if you are staying on-site. We will provide any specialist equipment.

How fit do I need to be?

We will be walking for most of both days, but slowly and pausing often. If you have any questions about fitness then please get in touch.

Additional Information

Booking Date

2018 Gift Voucher, 2nd-3rd June 2018


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Original Outdoors is an established outdoor activity and training provider in North Wales.
We are passionate about the outdoors and share this through our training courses, activity days activity days and outdoor services.

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