2012-06-23 Beginner Tracker


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Course Name: Beginner Tracking


This is the first session in what may be a student's sequence in completing the new Track Awareness standard as set out by SAR Alberta found at: http://saralberta.ca/images/stories/downloads/sar_alberta_track_aware_2011.pdf To complete this standard will require a minimum of two weekend sessions plus a supervised exercise. ERI Canada monitors the current status of all present and past students. They recognize other companies' events and tracking exercises on a case by case basis.


  • Introduction & Registration
  • Course Overview
  • History of tracking
  • Why do we track?
  • Where to use tracking, terminology
  • Labeling tracks
  • Sign cutting and step by step method
  • Exercise - draw a boot
  • Group Exercises
    • 1 Inch scare
    • match the boot
    • Draw and follow and mark track at least 100m in mineral soil
    • follow and mark track through mixed soil and vegetation 100m
    • follow and mark track through mostly vegetation 50m
    • Night Track
  • Trackers kit
  • Tracking team
  • Detecting Sign
  • Sign Cutting
  • Aging Track
  • Communicating Tracks
  • Handling Evidence
  • Tracking the Evader
  • Team Exercise Simulation
  • Debrief and closing

Offered To:

All interested persons - search and rescue workers, government workers, and members of the public.

Registrations from search and rescue workers from any SAR Alberta member organization are given priority.


  • Dave Hanna
  • De Lea Mapstone

Place: Pincher Creek.


2 days. Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24, 2012.

See detail of times and places on the web page http://pcsar.webhop.org/mediawiki/index.php/2012-06-23_Beginner_Tracker




This course is funded by an Alberta Government grant, with additional costs being underwritten by PCSAR.

Seating is limited. Students who register but do not attend or do not complete the course restrict participation and funding for other students who would have completed the course. A $50 deposit is required to hold a seat. The deposit will be refunded if the student completes the course.

Deposits made out to "Pincher Creek Search and Rescue" may be:

mailed to:

Training Coordinator
Pincher Creek Search and Rescue
Box 1251
Pincher Creek, Ab
T0K 1W0

or hand delivered cheques to Brett Wuth (403 627-2460).

The text book is supplied as part of the funding for student volunteers of SAR Alberta organizations. The cost to others is $30+GST=$31.50. Please bring cash or cheque.

The student is responsible for travel, and accommodation. Lunches will not be provided.

If you're planning on staying in Pincher Creek for the course (e.g. not commuting back to Lethbridge), there are a number of hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast options.


If you would like to be billeted by one of our members, contact the course coordinator. (No promises.)

To Register:

Contact Brett Wuth, wuth@acm.org, 403 627-2460 and provide your name, e-mail address and phone number. Or add your information here: http://pcsar.webhop.org/mediawiki/index.php/2012-06-23_Beginner_Tracker#Participants

Follow up with the deposit.

Registrations and deposits must be received by June 15.


  • Clothing suitable for the weather and working on the ground (no shorts). Hat.
  • Old ski pole or similar for use as tracking stick.
  • Lunch, or be prepared to go out for (1 hour break).

For more information:

visit http://pcsar.webhop.org/mediawiki/index.php/2012-06-23_Beginner_Tracker

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  • MD Meeting Room: Basement, east door, MD Building, 753 Kettles St, Pincher Creek
  • tracking locations to be determined
  • Sat June 23, 2012
    • day 08:00-16:30
    • evening session 22:00-23:00
  • Sun June 24, 2012
    • day 08:00-16:30

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