It has usally been in very hot environments. Once in Arizona, whilst I was with the US Border Patrol tracking a group of Mexicans who were led by an unscrupulous coyote, was leaving the weak behind in the desert. The result was string of bodies. When we turned up, it was to relieve a tracking team who had been following them for nine hours.
They were out of water. We had just turned up, thinking it would all be over shortly , I handed one of the BP officers my water, which he downed leaving nothing in the bottle. Little did I know we had a ten hour follow ahead of us, with no water in 42 degrees.
When tracking humans the follow up can be emmotionally draining as the dramatic story unfolds, often the result is not good. However the tracker must compartmentalise emmotional drain from physical drain, and never, ever, ever allow the emmotional drain to impact on his physical well being. If it does you are going straight onto the reserve tank with a defined distance left before you run out of gas.
On that day in Arizona I made a few mistakes, I let someone else drink my water( who was going home). The circumstances of the deaths of the Mexicans , in particulour a young family with aspirations impacted on my emmotions, but with several hours still to track through the night for survivors, I was able to do the job.
I suppose I tracked,...... found the bodies......., then started a new track for survivors.
Endurance is a complex issue, involving nutrition and psychology and indeed the physical body. In simple tracking terms the word "noom" means a lot to us. A good sense of humour and good news always helps with endurance.
You have all been there, " The long road home", when you turn and realise just how far it is to go to get back( and no more snacks left).
The latest reports of snow for our tracking expedition to Poland is heavy snow. We will have to work hard, and keep the emmotions seperate from the physical( apart from humour & good news). One of the skills my advanced instructors learn is how to control the cadence of a tracking team, which includes a multitude of skills and observations to maximise the trackers endurance.
Everyone on the trip is very excited, myself included. This kind of trip is what tracking is all about.
Nature, true wilderness, the chase, cunning and guille, the elements and our own experiences in one of the few places in the world that we, as trackers can put into place our skills.
Bring it wolves( Pretty PLease)