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Land Navigation Handbook: The Sierra Club Guide to Map, Compass and GPS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2006

    Much better nav books out there now..

    Many people get this Sierra Club Guide because of the 'Sierra Club' in the title, but that alone certainly doesn't make it the best navigation text. One early warning is the book layout - a navigation book with small pages and muddy illustrations is not designed to be cracked open and laid flat on the ground while you refer to it while PRACTICING (essential for learning). In reality the Sierra Club book is a very old one, recently updated a bit. It is more like an astronomy text than a practical guide to wilderness navigation on land. It drones on about principles of magnetism etc. when you could be learning practical outdoors navigation instead. After reviewing all of the texts in print out there and teaching the subject to students, I have discovered the Essential Wilderness Navigator is the best complete AND PRACTICAL map & compass land nav book out there. Better illustrations, better photos, easier to comprehend navigation exercises. The Sierra Club Land Navigation Handbook or Bjorn Kjellstrom's vastly overrated 'Be Expert with Map and Compass' pale in comparison. And just so you know, no map & compass book out there adequately covers GPS in a chapter or two - you need the factory manual and ideally a book dedicating to showing you how to use your GPS as a supplement to hard map/compass, preferably by someone knowledgeable about the environment you plan to hike (desert, mountain, arctic, etc.)

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

    Land Navigation Handbook

    One of the better books on basic land navigation. Gives enough detail to get new navigators up to speed quickly, without overwhelming them with minutia. If you need all of the whys and how, buy Bowditch.

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