We debriefed and had more tea, they had cake and biscuits. We discussed the fine art of tracking further then moved on to movement and observations skills. This was taught in a very clear manner though we did not practise the skills to the same extent as I use them on a regular basis when shooting.
Then for the part that can make some people uncomfortable. Blind tracking, finding the next footprints which had been obscured by a bin liner, this worked uncannily well. The we moved on to sinking fingers into Rob's tracks and trying to intuit what he had been feeling as he made them, again uncanny. I found this bit really interesting and maybe its years of meditating on the tops of mountains but was very accurate in both finding the tracks and guessing both Mel and Rob's state of mind. Some more "left brained" people have been made very upset by this part of the course (which has a high success rate) even down to denying what had just happened. No claims of supernatural or uncanny powers are made we just kind of agreed that it is a bit weird like guessing that the guy behind you is going to cut you up on the roundabout.
We ended the day with a long walk through the countryside discussing the land there and the creatures in it, some wild food tips and their experiences tracking with the San and for the Police.A great day sent with great people in which I learned an awful lot and more importantly was given skills that I could go off and practise and build on.
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