Monday, May 11, 2009

Blog Posts that are Great, Really Great!

© 2009 Albert A Rasch

Image Credit: Uncharted Africa

Our intrepid correspondent from the British Isles, The Suburban Bushwacker, has brought us a fantastic video from I believe David Attenborough. He's out in the Kalahari Desert with the "Desert People." The Bushmen of the Kalahari are the finest trackers in the world; an art at risk of being lost. It is a must see!

Up in the northern reaches of Alaska, the Hodgeman is trying hard to to get eaten by a bear. Look at the size of that paw print! I think we ought to find out what kind of firearm he's using and see what other adventures Hodgeman is going to get into! And are those slip on loafers he's wearing? Read more about probably the most erudite, ethical, and honest hunter I know at Hodgeman’s Thoughts.

Albert A Rasch
The Hunt Continues...


native said...

I have been teaching the art of tracking to my children since even "before" they could talk.
The very best Tracker here in the States would be "Tom Brown Jr."

He still teaches classes and has several books on the subject, so the art is still being passed on.

The Kalahari Desert People are the best in the world I am told by people whom have hunted with them!

native said...

Is that a picture of Fort St. Augustine?
I haven't been there in years and can't quite bring the memory up.

Albert A Rasch said...


Its actually a fort in Oman. I was actually looking for one of those Saharan type Foreign Legion type of forts, but this is what i got.

Best Regards,

flea said...

I can't get enough of watching shows about native tribes throughout the world and how they go about their everyday lives.

Of course, this drives my wife nuts...she would rather watch American Idol :(

Anonymous said...

There is a "feel" involved in tracking that transcends sight and sound, inexplicable, but none the less real. The video alluded to it.

native said...

Yes A.W.M. there is,
When I was taking one of Tom Browns sanctioned classes a couple of decades ago, the instructors would have us stare at what at first appeared to be a piece of barren ground.

And then after a couple of minutes (or sometimes Hours) just like one of those computer generated images which suddenly will pop out at you from within a jumbled mass of squiggly lines, so as it would be with the animal track.

It does transcend sight and sound indeed!

Albert A Rasch said...

Flea, AWM, and Native,

Even though it was a produced video, you could definitely see the "mystical" look on the runner's face and mannerisms. When I use mystical I mean the emotional/intellectual/spiritual activity that transcends but is part of the mere physical act of tracking.


hodgeman said...

That video from TSB is excellent. Kudos for bringing it to our attention.

Good catch Al- those are slip on loafers! Merrell Polar Mocs- love hunting in them. No bear yet but we're getting there.

More adventures coming soon- dipnetting salmon in Chitina in June, halibut fishing out of Valdez in July and a hike-in caribou hunt north of Atigun pass in August along the famous Haul Road...more to come!

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Hey albert
Thanks for letting your readers know about the Vid.
Yes it is David Attenborough - that touch stone of genteel enthusiasm.


has someone been 'taggin' that fort in my name?

Albert A Rasch said...


It was like that when I got there!