Bill Marple Tracks- The Coyote

Guest Blogger Bill Marple talks to us about tracking the coyote. 

Hello Magda,

This is just note remind you that my webinar “On the Trail of the Coyote”

is coming up in just a few days!

You know, its surprising to me how few people really understand and

value the power of Tracking and what it can bring you to. For

example, I can’t tell you how any people I bump into that have a

Coyote population nearby, and think they know and understand the

Coyote simply because one noses through their garbage occasionally,

or leaves a few tracks on their front porch. For most, seeing a

Coyote, or sign of them, is enough for them to believe they have a

good working knowledge of Coyotes.

Coyote portrait

Coyote portrait

 

However, their are usually many unanswered questions people have

about these animals. Although many people see Coyotes, few know

how many young they have each year, and what time of the year those

young are born. They usually have no idea what time of the day

Coyotes are most active, when they hunt, and what other animals they

will share space with. Certainly, very few have taken the time to

understand what it means when they see the tracks of a Coyote who

is trotting, as opposed to one that’s walking, and what this means

behaviorally to the animal.

The mind of the Tracker is obsessed with answering these types of

mysteries! If you’re interested in finding out more about Coyotes, then

be sure to join me on Thursday, May 17, 5pm PST for the answers

to the above questions, plus many more so that you can truly know

this amazing animals! See you there!

Click Here To Register for this Class!

Regards,

Bill

Earth Voices, LLC
5114 Mandalay Springs Drive
Apt 103
Las Vegas, NV
89120

Bill Marple Tracks-Sedona

Guest Blogger Bill Marple Tracking Instructor/Teacher-A Holiday Greeting

 

Hello Magda,

I hope you’re doing well, and had a great time over the holidays.

Mine was fantastic! Not only did I get to spend some time with

the family, but after Christmas was over, my lady and I took a few

days to ourselves and visited Sedona, Arizona!

I don’t know if you’ve ever been there, but I can say with absolute

confidence that Sedona has to be one of the most beautiful places

I’ve ever been. If you’re ever in the area, you should make some

time to hike around.

After just a few steps, you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of

the most magnificent sandstone towers, mesas, and spires that

exist anywhere in the world. Truly, Sedona offers us what Tom

would call one of the Temples of Creation, and you cannot visit

this place without standing in awe of the natural beauty around

you.

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Bill Marple Tracks-Fuel

This is a guest post from Bill Marple one of the best trackers in our United States. He teaches all over the country including the Tracker School in New Jersey.

Hey There Magda,

Well, I know what you’re probably thinking.

It’s been quite some time now since you’ve heard from me. At this point, you’ve probably
wondered many times if I might actually have fallen off the face of
the Earth. Close, but not quite. Yes, as usual, its been much busier than
expected lately. Let me tell you what happened. Get ready! It’s a long
one, but the pay off is worth it!

You see, just recently, about 6 weeks ago, I bought a new (used) truck
thinking it would be a good investment for getting myself and my gear
to workshops and classes. It’s a diesel truck and some friends and I
converted it to run on Waste Vegetable Oil.

The conversion is fun to do and very simple(to see how, check out my upcoming blog on Grease Cars!).

After I took a look at the conversion process and budgeted out how

much I would save on fuel costs, I decided a converted truck would
really help in cutting down on travel costs. As you know, fuel prices
these days are not likely to go down anytime soon. There was only one
small problem: I’m not much of a mechanic. I’ve never truly spent a whole
lot of time working on an engine, let alone understood how they work.

Honestly, prior to beginning this process, if I opened up the hood of your
vehicle and there was no engine in there, I could tell you there was a
problem. Other than that, I would suggest calling a mechanic.
However, after researching things, the conversion process seemed simple
enough and made sense in terms of saving me a lot of money I would
otherwise spend on travel.

As well, converting my truck to run on grease appealed to my vanity.

I have to say I’ve always wanted to be one of those guys who could stand
in front of a truck with the hood up, leaning back on his heels, feet much
wider apart than necessary, with dirty, oil covered arms folded across his
chest, a wrench in each hand, who, when the engine refused to start, could
sniff, and say something like, “sounds like there’s not enough pressure in
the fuel injector.

That fuel pump has a problem,” before drenching the
ground beside me with a huge stringy wad of tobacco juice. As if to say,
“I don’t have a problem. This engine has a problem with itself.” But, as
I found out, these things are often not as simple as they seem.

My friend, however, assured me he knew what he was doing, and he and
I could work on the conversion together, stating that I would happily be
on my way and running on grease within four days of work. We started
the conversion at his apartment with high spirits, but, as you can imagine,
it took a little longer than four days.

Needless to say, from the time I took possession of the vehicle to the time
I got back here to Nevada was about 6 weeks of constant work. The drive
itself across the country took 7 days, and involved what amounted to daily
bathing in oil and coolant, several trips to both local auto parts stores and
Home Depot, occasional huge clouds of electrical smoke, at least 5 different
tow trucks, 2 dozen oil filters, and one instance of the possibility of police
involvement(its better not to ask questions at this point).
So, how does this relate to tracking?

The truck is now running great, but to be honest, that’s not what I really wanted to talk to you about today. What I really wanted to tell you about was a great tracking experience I had while working on the truck.

After about 3 weeks of working on it with myself and friends, and having
made no headway, we decided to enlist the help of a professional diesel
mechanic. His name is Brian, and he’s been working on these engines
his entire life. When he arrived, I knew it was the right choice.
Brian is about fifty, but could probably pass for much older due to the
chiseled lines on his face from years of working outside. He weighs
about 135 pounds, is a retired lobster fisherman(pronounced “lawbstah”
in New England), is as weathered as driftwood, has a voice that sounds
like a wood rasp being dragged over hardwood but still manages to
come off as friendly and good natured.

He’s trying to quit smoking,but still takes an unlit cigarette and puts it in his mouth every 30 mins or so just so he can think straight about what he’s working on. He’s
methodical, professional, and oozes competence when he speaks about
almost anything mechanical.

Not only this, but Brian is full of cool mechanic stories, such as the time
he was actually in an engine compartment that blew up in his face while
working on a boat, or the time he arcwelded a screwdriver to the bumper
of a military vehicle when high voltage passed through his body due to
his partner overlooking a loose wire.

How many volts? “I dunno. About a million, I guess,” he rasped.

“Took me about 2 weeks before I could remember anything real good
again.” What I mean to say is that for yours truly, this man was the perfect
choice for everything we wanted to learn-a veritable Elder of Auto.

However, what really impressed us was his philosophical views on
mechanics. We knew we only had a short time with Brian, and we peppered
him with questions as we worked, desperately wanting to learn as much
as we could. At one point he looked annoyed by our questions, and I
apologized to him.

He looked back at me and said, “Hey, that’s not a problem, curiosity and
askin’ questions is good. That’s what makes ya smart. Actually, ya don’t
even need to figure somethin’ out. Just askin’ the question will help ya
ta learn most anything.”

Sound familiar? My friend and I were silent for awhile, thinking about whether this was coincidence or perhaps Grandfather had momentarily possessed the man in our presence and talked to us about the Sacred Question.

After a bit, the conversation picked up again, and we talked about Brian’s
time as a lobsterman. He spoke about it wistfully, telling us about how
the currents affect the lobster populations, and how the lobsters migrate
through the area.

Finally, he stopped working on the engine, and looked at us saying, “I
spent 3/4’s of my life tryin’ ta figure out how a lobstah thinks.” He had a
grin on his face and one eyebrow raised at this point as his eyes bore into
us. “See, it ain’t enough to only study somethin’. You have to become
the critter you’re tryin’ ta find. You become it. Actually, it ain’t no different
then workin’ on this truckYou become it. Actually, it ain’t no different
then workin’ on this truck. You have to become this thing if you ever
really wanna figure out what’s wrong with it.”

It was then, that I had to excuse myself, as once again I wondered if
Brian had ever attended Tracker School. After all, how often have I
heard Tom say that you have to become the animal you’re trying to
track. And, I knew that while working with Brian on the engine, I’d not
only learned something about my truck, but I’d been reminded how the
process of tracking applies to so many things in our lives.

Quite frankly, if we’re problem-solving something, then we’re using
the part of our brain that was designed to track. We’re constantly looking
for patterns, processes, features of something we’re thinking about
and asking questions about it in order to learn. These answers and our
experiences with them then guide us to greater and greater understanding
of what we’re studying, until we can feel in ourselves what the problem
is or whatever it is we’re looking for.

In other words, we become that which we’re working on. As a matter of fact, we have to engage in this process if we really want to gain any significant understanding of anything.

Awhile ago now, I wrote to you and let you know to give yourself a break
if you didn’t “set aside time” for tracking every day. The truth is that life
often gets in the way of us putting aside a whole hour or two every day
for tracking practice.

Now, I’m telling you that if you’re thinking about
anything in this way, with a sense of wonder and curiosity about what
you’re studying, then you’re strengthening that part of you that is a Tracker.
Brian never attended Tracker School and has no idea who Tom Brown
or Grandfather is. But, his intense study of only a few different disciplines
in life(fishing and mechanics) brought him to many of the same truths
that Tom passes on to us in tracking.

With that in mind, I urge you to get curious about something as you go
through the day today. Remember, just being curious and harboring a
desire to learn something can take you an awfully long way.
Talk to you again soon!

Regards,

Bill

Earth Voices, LLC
5114 Mandalay Springs Drive
Apt 103
Las Vegas, NV
89120

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Bill Marple Tracks-4 Seasons

Hello Magda,
Wow, it seems like forever since I’ve had a chance to
sit down and email you!  I can only say that after over
a month and a half on the road teaching it’s been difficult
to get to a computer.  But, what a summer it’s been!
We finished up the Tracking for the Survivalist classes
in Vermont and Washington and I’m excited to say that
the first Tracking commitment classes went exceedingly well.
I’m incredibly happy with the results of the classes.
It was such a pleasure to work with groups of people
dedicated to learning the Art of Tracking over 4 seasons.
With each succeeding meeting, the students increased
their skill level dramatically and it was wonderful to see
how much progress everyone made throughout the year.
As a Tracking instructor, I know one of the biggest hurdles
people struggle with when beginning is confidence

in their abilities.

So, there is really not much which is
more fulifilling to me than to see a student get to a point
where they have the confidence in themselves they
need in order to truly see, feel, and understand how
the Earth opens up to them through the Tracks when
they’re practicing survival.

I’m even more excited to say that these classes were
such a success that I will be running a Tracking for
the Survivalist 2 class this fall in Nevada for graduates
of the first class, where we will go even deeper into
Tracking while focusing on desert survival. In this
way, we can both continue their education by expanding
on the topics they’ve studies last year as well as
experience Tracking and Survival in a completely

different ecosystem.

I also have to say that the students from each class have
worked together in such a great way with each other
that when we meet now, it feels more like a Community
of Trackers than a class, which is one of the major aims
of this organization anyways. So, it’s been extremely
fulfilling to me to see these classes come to life and I’ve
been honored to be a part of the process.  Thanks to all
who made it such a success, from the students, to the
volunteers, to my co-instructors, Mike Kessler and Ben
Sanford!  It was such a blessing to be a part of it!
Which brings me to my next point.  So far, many folks
on the Tracking Update have expressed serious interest
in taking either the upcoming Tracking for the Survivalist
2011-2012 class, or the Tracking for the Tribe class.  To
begin with, I should let you know, I am canceling the
Tracking for the Survivalist 2011-2012 class in Nevada in
order to run Tracking for the Survivalist 2.
is still wide open.  As a matter of fact, despite so many
folks expressing interest, we’ve had few sign-ups. I know
a lot of people wait until the last minute to sign up for
these classes, however, if you intend to sign up for either

theTracking for the Survivalist in Vermont, or the

you to do so as soon as you have a moment.
The deadline to sign up for Tracking for the Survivalist in Vermont is September 30th and the deadline to sign up for the Tracking for the Tribe class in Nevada is October 31st.
I need to know if you will be taking a class by those
times so that I can make the necessary arrangements for
the classes themselves.  So, if you are one of the those
Trackers that waits until the last minute, we’re getting
close!!  If you would like to review the times and details
for those classes, you can either click on the class name
above, or, visit my class schedule by clicking here.
I’m sincerely interested and committed to seeing these
classes grow and take on a life of their own in order to
form a real community of folks who are dedicated to learning
this information and want to learn from each other.  If you
are serious and interested in going much deeper into
Tracking than what you’ve learned at a mainstream Tracker
class, I truly hope to see you there.  Both of these classes
will dramatically change how you approach Tracking as
well as be a lot of fun!
Talk to you again soon and happy Tracking!
Bill

Earth Voices, LLC
5114 Mandalay Springs Drive
Apt 103
Las Vegas, NV
89120
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Bill Marple Tracks-Pressure Releases

Guest Blogger Bill Marple one of the best Trackers in this United States. 
Hi Magda,
This is a quick email to let you know that I’m finally posting my next online class in my Tracking Basics Series-Pressure Release Study #3, Floor
Roll and Head Position!
You know, so many Trackers totally misunderstand the importance of this Pressure Release Study. Most folks put all their time in on Studies 1 and 2 without ever really thinking about 3.  Unfortunately, they’re selling themselves short.
Although putting in some
Dirt Time on Number’s 1 and 2 will take you far, I have something important to tell you:
Unless you understand how Floor Roll relates to Pressure
Against the Wall and Floor, you’ll never truly realize the
full impact of how these first three Studies describe the
overall motion of the animal that made the track!
It’s true. Floor Roll tells you many things about a track,
but the most important thing it does for you is to tie the
other two Pressure Release Studies together.  This is what
I want to focus on for this class:  showing you how much
breadth and depth an understanding of Floor Roll will give
you in your Track Analysis so that you can really get the fullness
of what a track has to offer.
I also have a special deal for you:  I’m offering this class to
you for half normal price!  Many folks on the Tracking
Update will remember that during the last online class I ran,
we experienced some “technical difficulties” with the class
recording, and I promised that everyone who signed up for the
last class would get the next class half price.
Well, I have decided that I will offer this class at half price
to everybody. So, the price for the class is only $10 if you
register now instead of the normal $20 I would usually offer
it at.  And, as usual, the price for the class will be $30 if you
sign up for it after the live broadcast.  Also as usual, you will
be able to watch the class as many times as you like after you
register.
So, I hope to see you there.  I’m excited about running the
class and have been thinking about it for quite some time
now.  Talk to you soon and see you in the online classroom!
now.  Talk to you soon and see you in the online classroom!
Regards,
Bill
Earth Voices, LLC
5114 Mandalay Springs Drive
Apt 103
Las Vegas, NV

Fire Workshop with Chris

Hi All,
Here is a brief description of the weekend Fire Workshop and Children of the Earth Foundation fundraiser scheduled for December 2, 3, & 4.  If you know anyone who may be interested, please feel free to forward it to them.  We currently have 3 people signed up.  I need a minimum of 4 people to do the class, with a maximum of 12.  Hope to see you all there!
“Dancing with Fire”, a Weekend Workshop
Anyone who has spent time in the wilderness will tell you that Fire is an indispensable companion.  Practically speaking, Fire will warm you, cook your food, make your tools, and provide light for working skills.  On a deeper level, it gathers the tribe and provides the focus for friends and family to come together and share stories of their day.  Perhaps most importantly, Fire is an Elder who will teach, advise, and comfort if one knows how to listen.
This weekend workshop is called “Dancing with Fire” because in order to dance with someone, there must be a connection between the two partners — a two-way communication whose give and take, ebb and flow create the rhythm of the dance.  Anyone who has made a fire with a bow drill knows that it won’t work if you try to “bully” it and simply impose your will.  To be successful one must be aware of what the Fire needs, paying attention to the fine details, and listening to understand how it is feeling — in short, one must dance with it.  The class will include plenty of hands-on workshop time and coaching for both hand drill and bow drill, but we will also explore the Philosophy of Fire through a series of exercises and experiences designed to help you build a relationship with Fire that will lead to a deeper awareness of it’s Nature and an enhanced ability to create and use it under a variety of adverse conditions.
A portion of the proceeds from the workshop will be given to the Children of the Earth Foundation in order to support their mission of helping kids and young adults have experiences that help them form a deeper relationship with Nature and the Earth.
Dates:
Start: Friday, December 2 @4 PM (arrive by 3 pm to set up camp)
End: Sunday, December 4 @2 PM
Location:
Caloosahatchee Regional Park 19130 River Rd, Alva, FL 3920 (just north of Ft. Myers)
Cost
$200 (Includes meals, camping fees, materials for the class, and a donation to COTEF)
We will be sleeping in tents, but there are flush toilets and showers available!
To register, please email Chris Oelschlaeger at: wanderer777.co@gmail.com

Where I Go To School

The Tracker School is in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.

I remember writing a report about the Pine Barrens when I was in elementary school. The plant life was astonishing! There are some that blow up, others that eat insects and the soil is sand. It is an extraordinary place.

Pine Barrens

Pine Barrens

Well that’s where I go to school to learn about healing and living on the land. I know several edible plants, what wood is best for bow drill and how to make a primitive weapons. The land is unique.

Here are some facts about the Pine Barrens.

The Pine Barrens, also known as the Pinelands, is an enormous and all-encompassing tract of open space that covers 1.1 million acres, or 22 percent of New Jersey’s land area.

Pine Barrens

Pine Barrens

“The Pine Barrens, also known as the Pinelands, is a heavily forested area of coastal plain stretching across southern New Jersey. The name “pine barrens” refers to the area’s sandy, acidic, nutrient-poor soil, to which the crops originally imported by European settlers didn’t take well. These uncommon conditions enable the Pine Barrens to support a unique and diverse spectrum of plant life, including orchids and carnivorous plants. The area is also notable for its populations of rare pygmy Pitch Pines and other plant species that depend on the frequent fires of the Pine Barrens to reproduce. The sand that composes much of the area’s soil is referred to by the locals as sugar sand.”
From Wikipedia

 

Bill Marple Tracks-Awareness

Hello,

I hope you’re doing well and enjoying the

outdoors as spring is beginning to come in

full swing.  I just spent a week in Connecticut
with some friends after teaching a Standard
class and a Dirt Time workshop in the Pines.
Now, I’m getting ready to head back down to

the Pines to teach an Advanced Tracking and

Awareness class and a Beyond the Lateral Ridge

workshop.  It’s a busy month!
If you’re like me, then you know one of the best

ways to keep yourself connected to the Earth and

calm your internal baseline is to go to your Sit

Area whenever possible.  Although its often overlooked,

the Sit Area is one of the best and most powerful

ways of excelling at tracking.

Even at the Standard class, Tom will tell you again

and again that both he and Grandfather consider

the Sit Area to be the most important element in

studying tracking.  Consider that Grandfather expected

Tom and Rick to go to their Sit Areas every day,

twice a day for an hour before sunrise to an hour

after sunrise and from an hour before sunset to an

hour after sunset.  That equates to  4 hours of Sit

Area time every day.

Now, most of us don’t have that kind of time, but

even if we did, I would wager to say that few of

us even have access to what we would consider the

“perfect” Sit Area.  So, this begs the question, “If I

live in an urban/suburban area, how do I get a Sit Area?”

In order to give folks an idea of some of the more

important aspects of the Sit Area, such as how to

choose a Sit Area and what you can do at a Sit Area,

I’ve put together this short, 11 minute video, where

I take you to some of the Sit Areas I use regularly.

Sit Area Video!

This video will give you insights into how to find a

Sit Area and how to integrate it into your own personal

Tracking practice.  I hope you enjoy it and will talk

to you again soon!

Regards,

Bill

Earth Voices, LLC
5114 Mandalay Springs Drive  Apt 103
Las Vegas, NV  89120

trackerupdate@gmail.com

Sit Spot Audio a meditation you can do when you find the perfect place to sit.