World’s most talented tracker can tell everything about you from a single footprint.
You will probably have seen on wildlife shows, the outdoor tracker being able to tell what kind of animals, and how many have been in the area, but did you know that you can be tracked in the same way?
That from a single footprint left in the mud it can be found out how tall you are, if you have eaten recently, even if you are sick?
Tom Brown Jr is the man who can deduct all of this, he’s a modern day Sherlock Holmes.
He is an expert in ‘tracking’ which although primarily a survival skill, it has lent itself to other amazing opportunities for deduction.
While is might seem supernatural, or like ‘magic’ the skill is actually just the application of absolute logic. Repeating the same traces over and over again means that Tom can easily identify tiny differences between people’s footprints that any lay person would not be able to, its a case of practice makes perfect.
“I can tell, at a glance, whether a person is right- or left-handed, male or female, the emotional state they’re in, whether they’re hungry, how long ago they’ve eaten and whether or not they have to go to the bathroom,”
“I can tell if a woman is two weeks pregnant, and I’ll know that someone needs to see a doctor before they experience any symptoms.”
Tom learned these amazing skills from growing up in around the Toms River area, where he says he studied under the guidance of an Apache called ‘Stalking Wolf’, who Tom was so close to he says he ended up calling him ‘grandfather’.
Native Americans are renowned for their hunting abilities, and have passed down the ancient and sacred traditions from generation to generation.
“My best friend growing up – his great-grandfather was a full-blooded Apache from the Southwest, who came up to visit when we were 7,”
“He stayed until I was 18, so every day after school, every weekend, we were back in the woods, because I had this insatiable obsession for learning. Nothing else interested me.”
After Tom’s ‘grandfather’ died in the 1970’s he retreated into the Rocky Mountains and Central America where he lived off-grid for a few years, putting his skills to practice. His tracking skills have even led to him being called on by the police to help track missing persons where there technology has fallen down.
“I really started working with the police way back when I was about 12 years old. It started with a simple dog bite case. A child in town was bitten by a dog, which then ran off into the woods.”
“My family’s close friend was a retired state trooper. He came down to find me and said they needed to find the dog to see if it was rabid. I simply tracked down the dog. After that, the local police started using me on their tracking cases. Later, I wandered North and South America tracking for the police and the FBI.”
Via Off Grid Quest