Preserving tracks begins before making the casts.  You need
to do your best to treat this as you would treat a crime scene!

Primary Measurements:
Once you begin the casting process, the track will never be the same as it was
when the subject left it.  The first measurement to take is of the  track itself.   
Measure the length at the longest point (from heel to toe).  Then measure the
width at the widest point.  The widest point is usually just behind the toes.  Take
lots of photos from all different angles before casting.  

Secondary Measurements:
Most people stop after taking the primary measurements.  This is most likely due
to inexperience.  It's pretty easy to concentrate on the first track discovered, but
the Sasquatch was walking through the area, not taking giant hops.  After you find
one track, apply a bit of persistence because there will be more.

After the Cast:
Once a cast has been made and ample time has gone by for the cast to set up,
simply remove it from the ground.  As tempting as it may be, do not clean it!  
Carefully wrap it in newspaper or other suitable padding and place  it into one of
your of your cardboard boxes.

When you return to your base camp or home, spread out some clean butcher
paper on a table and carefully unwrap your  cast.  Carefully examine it before
cleaning.  The reason for this is that there maybe other evidence such as hair or
tissue in the debris attached to the cast.  The reason for examining on the butcher
paper is to help you identify this evidence as you begin to clean.  A dirty black hair
is not going to be easy to see on some old newspaper.
Measuring & Casting:
(Sasquatch Tracker uses DAP
Presto Patch)
  • Water
  • Mixing container (gallon
    sized Zip-Lock bag)
  • Popsicle sticks, old
    spoons and spatulas (for
    mixing casting medium
    and pouring into
    impression; easy to find
    at second-hand stores)
  • Cardboard strips (for
    making molds around
    impressions)
  • Paper clips and spring
    type clothes pins (to
    secure the cardboard
    strips around track)
  • Wire (placed in casting
    medium when poured
    into impression as
    reinforcement and
    making a hanging loop if
    track is to be displayed)
  • Wire cutters
  • Old towel (for clean up)
  • Old newspaper or kraft
    paper (to wrap castings
    in to prevent damage)
  • Cardboard boxes of
    suitable sizes (to
    transport castings)  
Casting Kit:
Step Length:
Measurement from heel to heel.  
May also be taken fro the forward
most toe of one foot to the forward
most toe of the other foot.  Which
ever method of measuring you pick,
you must stay consistent to avoid
error.   Some trackers will refer to
this as the pace.

Stride Length:
Measured from heel to heel of the
same foot.  If one stride has a
constant longer or shorter length,
consider that the subject may have
deformities or an injury.  Most
grown men can have a stride length
of 36 inches without effort.  Look
for deep heel and toe impressions.  
Deep impressions that look like a
man trying to step  further than
normal may indicate a hoax.  
Follow the tracks as far as you are
able.  Even the best hoaxed tracks
will end somewhere.
 
Direction of Travel:
Sometimes the twine between
tracks to act as a reference line
that will be visible in your photos.  

Pitch:
Measured in degrees from direction
of travel (your mason's twine).  
This is the degree in which the
track will angle away from the line
of travel.  Draw an imaginary line
bisecting the track at the widest
point along the long axis (toe to
heel).  Now draw an imaginary line
parallel to the direction of travel
line.  Measure the angle where both
of these lines meet.  If the pitches
vary from side to side, it may
indicate a deformed or injured
foot.  Pitch may also reveal a
dominate side.  

Straddle:
Measured from instep to instep.  
There is either zero straddle (one
foot directly in front of the over) or
positive straddle.  If you find left
tracks on the right side of the
direction of travel, something is
wrong.  Examine the tracks more
closely.     

Trail Width:
Measured from the outside of track
to the outside of opposite track.  
Sasquatch Tracker uses this
dimension to calculate the width of
hips.
  • Primos Truth Cam 35
    Mod# 63010, 3.0
    megapixels with
    infrared LED
  • Wild Game Innovations
    game megapixels with
    infrared flash
  • Minolta Weathermatic
    7x42 hand-held
    binoculars
  • Canon Powershot
    SX120IS, 10.0
    megapixel digital
    camera
  • Sharp model VL-NZ50U
    View-cam mini DV
    camcorder
  • Barska 20-60X60   
    Spotting Scope
  • Spare batteries for all
    electronic gear
  • CamQuip 737 tripod
    (used with digital
    camera, camcorder and
    spotting scope)
Surveillance Equipment:
Measuring individual tracks:
Dimensions:
While speaking to another Sasquatch Field Researcher, the individual
kept referring to the length being longer than the width.  After further
discussion, the individual was mistakingly referring to the width.

Just so we are all talking about the same thing:

Length: This is measured from the forward most toe to the heel.  

Width: This is measured from one side of the track to the other across
the widest point.
SASQUATCH TRACKER
The Alaska Boreal Sasquatch Research Project, Est. 2005