Skiing Direction

(4) Snowmobile and tracked vehicles. Fluffing and direction determination is difficult to determine with snowmobile and tracked vehicles. The tracks will compress snow inside the track, forming plates. These plates are the keys to determining direction. At ground level, the vast majority of plates will face the direction of travel, although a small amount will face in the opposite direction.

DIRECTION OF TRAVEL

DETERMING TRACKED VEHICLE DIRECTION

DETERMING TRACKED VEHICLE DIRECTION

e. Tracking Teams. If tracking teams are available, "sign cutting" can speed up the tracking process.

(1) All tracking teams (minimum of two) must document and sketch the initial track.

(2) The initial team continues to track until another tracking team has positively found the same track further ahead on the trail. The last track is marked for future reference.

(3) The second team assumes the responsibility of locating each track until they have been radioed by the first team that "they have found the track". This is "sign cutting".

(4) "Sign cutting" is accomplished by making large sweeping arcs ahead of the primary tracking team until the track is located at which time the teams change roles by "leap frogging".

(5) If the track is lost or misidentified, the teams will move back to the last marked track.

(5) If the track is lost or misidentified, the teams will move back to the last marked track.

-LAST KNOWN ^ POINT

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