Survival Tracking Guide Part 2

The first installment in this three-part eFoodsDirect survival tracking series introduced the concept of reading human footprints and movements in the woods. Knowing who you are sharing a trail with, or learning as much as possible about prints found near the perimeter of your prepper retreat, is information that could save your life in a survival situation.

Key Prints

Key prints refers to the most recent footprints found in a given area. The average shoe size of an American male is 10 ½. The average shoe size of an American female is 8 wide. The majority of women in the United States wear shoes between sizes 6 ½ and 9 ½. This makes large female feet just a tiny bit smaller than the average man’s foot, making it harder to determine the sex of key prints. Male feet tend to be wider, but not always, as the average female shoe size reveals.

Determining print size in inches is a simplistic and long-used method of determining the sex of the person who left the tracks. Knowing what size your feet are in inches will help pinpoint the exact size of the key prints. Place a twig next to your foot and break it off to match the size as closely as possible. A size 8 women’s shoe is 9.5 inches long, and a men’s size 10 ½ shoe is about 10.75 inches long, making the average male foot nearly one foot long. From the bottom of the stick to the top, use a two-finger width to notch basic measurements with a knife. The width of two fingers is about equal to about 1 ½ inches. Using your body as a ruler will not foster exact measurement that will earn you an A in a math class, but it will allow for ballpark measurements of any prints that you encounter in the woods.

Counting Prints

Military snipers have also perfected what has been deemed as the “box method” to enable the counting of prints to determine how many people were walking together. Click here to read the rest of my survival tracking part 2 report on eFoodsDirect!