The Most Dangerous Game

What technique does Rainford use during the first night of the hunt? What does he do to elude Zaroff?

The Most Dangerous Game

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Here is his technique,

"I'll give him a trail to follow," muttered Rainsford, and he struck off from the rude path he had been following into the trackless wilderness. He executed a series of intricate loops; he doubled on his trail again and again, recalling all the lore of the fox hunt, and all the dodges of the fox. Night found him leg-weary, with hands and face lashed by the branches, on a thickly wooded ridge. He knew it would be insane to blunder on through the dark, even if he had the strength. His need for rest was imperative and he thought...."

The first night Rainsford basically climbs a big tree and rests.