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Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass

Dover Publications

Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass


  EAN 9780486406138
Weight: 362 g         11 reviews
Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass is an immensely useful and comprehensive manual on the subject of natural navigation. It comes highly recommended by Woodlore's most senior instructors and is an excellent point of reference for anyone wishing to explore this subject, especially those who are looking to attend a Woodlore navigation course.

Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass delves into the diverse art of natural navigation, with clear information on how best to navigate using a wide range of factors including the wind, sun, moon, clouds, stars, trees, rivers, hills, insects, birds, fish, and even your sense of smell. Guidance is given on various environments, including towns, wilderness areas, deserts, oceans and snow-covered landscapes. The author also reflects on the history of the subject, with information on some of the great primitive navigators and how early man found his way.

This book is essentially an unabridged reprint of the 1958 publication Nature is Your Guide: How to Find Your Way on Land and Sea by Observing Nature. Complete with monochrome illustrations, tables and diagrams, it is an unrivalled guide to this fascinating subject, featuring clear explanations from one of the world's great navigators.

  • Author: Harold Gatty
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Text with monochrome illustrations
  • Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.6 x 1.2 cm
  • ISBN: 978-0486406138


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Product Reviews

Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass is rated 5/5 based on 11 customer reviews.

All of our product reviews are from customers with verified purchases.

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  1 of 11

  Excellent book.  

  Emerson Facão
31st August, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 11

  Excellent book. Really enjoyed reading it.  

  Gavin Henry
20th January, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 11

  This is a fascinating book written by an expert in the field. Some of the information seems like it should be well known, a lot of it may be less obvious, all of it is communicated clearly and can easily be put into practice. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more in this area. I can't see how the subject could be better explained.  

  Alan Todd
30th October, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 11

  I was very pleasantly surprised when the book arrived; I had not expected how comprehensive it actually was. The book is not really like any 'modern quick fix' manual, but more of an in-depth reference book about the old navigating skills from all over the world that by all means still can be valid today. If you want to use the book as a practical manual be prepared that it can take time to digest the detailed knowledge it contains, to be able to use that knowledge in real life it is of course in most cases necessary to go out in the field and practice the skills described, which in any way is not a negative thing. Sustainable knowledge can take time to develop. As stated below the book covers sea navigation in great deal, not really something I was looking for, but still very interesting as the author was undoubtedly a very keen student and practitioner of various traditional navigating methods.  

  Francis Mazij
14th June, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 11

  I found this book an interesting read.  

8th October, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 11

  A very informative and an interesting read. Great detail in charts for using the sun, seabirds as a land indication, and finding your way in a new city. There are lots of gems to discover in this book. I found the book covered sea navigation more than suited my personal preferences, otherwise for me it was worth the money.  

  Stephen Jones
13th August, 2018

Rated: 4/5

  7 of 11

  Very good communications, excellent shipping and item details. Good read for people who want to know even more than simple navigation, this book will give you new perspective on even small things usually not even noticed. The book gives the reader in depth information of simple orientation by seemingly irrelevant ant mound and the way branches of the tree grows and transforms it in to a tool to find your way.  

  Sinisa Vidalin
8th August, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 11

  Interesting and informative reading, written in a different style to present day texts by a knowledgeable man. Some chapters still to be read.  

  Steven Robinson
27th June, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 11

  A truly wonderful book.  

  Thomas M Bowen
13th September, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 11

  I really enjoyed this book. Lots of details and handy information that help make sense of navigation. I will still use a compass though! I think this would make an ideal holiday read, or to be read by a log fire.  

  Alan J Mccartney
19th February, 2017

Rated: 5/5

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