While moving in any given direction from a thick area to a more open area, walk past a big tree toward the open vegetation for three to five paces and then walk backward to the forward side of the tree and make a 90 degree change in direction, passing the tree on its foreword side. Step carefully and leave as little sign as possible. If this is not the direction that you wish to go, change direction again 50 to 100 meters at another suitably sized located tree of appropriate size and repeat the previous steps. (Also known as tree hopping) The purpose is to draw the tracker into the open area where it is harder for it to track. This maneuver may lead the enemy-tracking element to search in the wrong area before it realizes that it has lost the track.
Proper navigation and previous study of the route will reveal upcoming obstacles, these must be crossed considering deception and recon tactics. Change direction near an anticipated obstacle (trail, road, stream) when moving through a known area and upon an established obstacle running at right angles to your line of march. Before reaching the obstacle (100 meters) change direction and approach the obstacle at a 45 degree angle (see above ). After arrival at the obstacle, continue foreword along the obstacle 20 to 30 meters. Leave ground and top signs of your presence only if you are sure you are being followed; otherwise counter track to remove any sign. Then, walk backward to the point where you joined the obstacle. Go straight across the obstacle and leave no sign of your reentering the wood line. Move off for 100 meters at a 45-degree angle, but this time on the other side of the obstacle and in the reverse of your approach march. The teams ATL should cover up all signs of your movement. The purpose of this tactic is to draw the enemy tracking element along the easier going obstacle. You have, by changing direction before reaching the obstacle, indicated that this is your new line of march. If you are successful, the enemy trackers will cast even farther away in the wrong direction before it realizes that it has lost your track.