Foundations for Awareness, Signcutting and Tracking

FAST-book-CoverAre you interested in tracking skills? If you have spent any time outside, you have come across tracks or sign left by animals and people. If you have ever wondered how to interpret, and even follow, human tracks or sign, this book is for you. This second edition book imparts knowledge necessary to answer the questions “What happened here?” and “Who made that track?” This is an essential book for encouraging and developing your awareness of the outdoors. It is a great aid for property owners, hunters, naturalists, search and rescue teams, military instructors and law enforcement agencies. Through explanations, illustrations and many pictures from actual searches for missing persons, this book describes methods and techniques used by tracking personnel to do the following:

  • Become familiar with the terminology of tracking
  • Find, follow and interpret tracks and sign
  • Dispel misconceptions about tracking
  • Select and use tools of the tracking trade
  • Record and document tracking information
  • Manage light and shadow to your advantage
  • Learn about improving your awareness
  • Receive information about footwear as it relates to tracking
  • Learn how to age sign
  • Understand what to look for as sign of passage on various ground covers
  • Get an introduction to animal tracking

This second edition is written to cover many basic topics in tracking, signcutting and awareness as applied in search and rescue. This 312 page full size manual is based on the current standards for the F.A.S.T. course approved by the Virginia Search and Rescue Council and certified by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Written, printed and published in the USA. It has over 120 color pictures and illustrations. It also includes a glossary, index, and bibliography.


This second edition has the following changes and more making it a MUCH better resource for todays trackers:

1. 50 more pages including the following…

2. New chapter on vehicle tracking

3. New section on barefoot tracking

4. More color images

5. Links to resources on our website

6. New guidance for drawing a track

7. Updated weather history research guide

8. Overhaul of Animal tracking chapter

9. Additional documentation practices and resources

10. Additional flashlight suggestions in night tracking chapter

11. Additional and updated website links

12. Cleaned up typographical errors

13. Re-wording for clearer explanations

14. Re-writing of section on tracking misconceptions


The cost of the book is only $34.95 plus shipping.





BOTH books sent to anywhere in the USA via USPS Priority Mail (2-3 days delivery) $59.90 + $10.10 S&H = US $70.00

BOTH books sent to anywhere in the USA via USPS Media Mail (5-10 days delivery) $59.90 + $7.10 S&H = US $67.00

BOTH books sent to Canada or Mexico via USPS International Priority Mail (5-14 days delivery) $59.90 + $39.10 S&H = US $99.00

BOTH books sent to any country other than USA, Canada or Mexico via USPS International Priority Mail $59.90 + $49.10 S&H = US $109.00




Read an Excerpt

Read an Excerpt from Foundations For Awareness, Signcutting and Tracking

Chapter 2: Tools of the Trade

"Those of you that have not ordered it yet, I suggest that you do so. This is a damned fine book. Rob, this came out very good. It is comprehensive and enjoyable to read."
Del Morris – Director, International Society of Professional Trackers

"Your book gives a very complete coverage of the subject, is well organized and easy to read. Not only do you thoroughly cover the subject of tracking, but it is presented in a way that emphasizes the overall goal of the search. That quote from Greg concerning the Best Resource was great. I think the book presents a lot of relevant information – that will promote enthusiasm to learn and do the work. It will foster the proper mindset to succeed. You did a great job of raising awareness of the many variables that need to be addressed in training. Your repeated emphasis on dirt-time (to me its leash time) is probably the most important point to get across. Again, a great effort and valuable reading to anyone involved in search and rescue. I will suggest your book as important reading for bloodhound handlers in my classes."
Jim Shaffer, K9 Handler