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Before GPS, before the compass, and even before cartography, humankind was navigating. Now this singular guide helps us rediscover what our ancestors long understood—that a windswept tree, the depth of a puddle, or a trill of birdsong can help us find our way, if we know what to look and listen for. Adventurer and navigation expert Tristan Gooley unlocks the directional clues hidden in the sun, moon, stars, clouds, weather patterns, lengthening shadows, changing tides, plant growth, and the habits of wildlife. Rich with navigational anecdotes collected across ages, continents, and cultures, The Natural Navigator will help keep you on course and open your eyes to the wonders, large and small, of the natural world.

Published: The Experiment an imprint of Workman eBooks on Jun 5, 2012
ISBN: 9781615191550
List price: $14.95
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This is possibly the most useful book I've ever come across on the topic of navigation. I have no sense of direction. None. I've read several books which discuss how people make mental maps in their head to orient themselves and I never have any idea what they are talking about. This book has me knowing how to look at a tree and know what direction I'm heading. Awesome.read more
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I'd hoped this book would teach me a little about navigating without maps or GPS and provide another way to get in touch with nature better. I generally have a good sense of direction and tend not to get lost easily, but was looking for a way to understand the natural signs around me better so I could use those tools when I am lost and need to find my way. I also expected a somewhat interesting read, based on the TV spot on the Today Show. Now, I'm not sure why I spent the time reading the whole thing. Inspite of the endorsements, this book is NOT in-depth, it does NOT provide much in the way of useful tools, and even the the personal anecdotes did little to engage me. I felt like I was in a calculus class, with key formula missing! Okay, I get that the art of navigation relies heavily on mathematics. Give me the full instructions to use it at least! I found infinitely more useful information on just a few pages of National Geographics Survival Guide that was much better organized and much clearer! I found this book to be stuffed with hot air, little true substance, and mostly dull! This had the potential to be very fascinating, informative, & useful but instead continued to fall short time after time.read more
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This is possibly the most useful book I've ever come across on the topic of navigation. I have no sense of direction. None. I've read several books which discuss how people make mental maps in their head to orient themselves and I never have any idea what they are talking about. This book has me knowing how to look at a tree and know what direction I'm heading. Awesome.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I'd hoped this book would teach me a little about navigating without maps or GPS and provide another way to get in touch with nature better. I generally have a good sense of direction and tend not to get lost easily, but was looking for a way to understand the natural signs around me better so I could use those tools when I am lost and need to find my way. I also expected a somewhat interesting read, based on the TV spot on the Today Show. Now, I'm not sure why I spent the time reading the whole thing. Inspite of the endorsements, this book is NOT in-depth, it does NOT provide much in the way of useful tools, and even the the personal anecdotes did little to engage me. I felt like I was in a calculus class, with key formula missing! Okay, I get that the art of navigation relies heavily on mathematics. Give me the full instructions to use it at least! I found infinitely more useful information on just a few pages of National Geographics Survival Guide that was much better organized and much clearer! I found this book to be stuffed with hot air, little true substance, and mostly dull! This had the potential to be very fascinating, informative, & useful but instead continued to fall short time after time.
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