The Essential Wilderness Navigator: How to Find Your Way in the Great Outdoors, Second Edition / Edition 2

The Essential Wilderness Navigator: How to Find Your Way in the Great Outdoors, Second Edition / Edition 2

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by David Seidman, Paul Cleveland
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0071361103

ISBN-13: 9780071361101

Pub. Date: 12/28/2000

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

Now with full-color topographic maps and featuring the latest on electronic navigation, The Essential Wilderness Navigator is the clearest and most up-to-date route-finding primer available. Providing readers with exercises for developing a directional ‘sixth sense,’ tips on mastering the art of map- and compass-reading, and comprehensive updates on a

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Now with full-color topographic maps and featuring the latest on electronic navigation, The Essential Wilderness Navigator is the clearest and most up-to-date route-finding primer available. Providing readers with exercises for developing a directional ‘sixth sense,’ tips on mastering the art of map- and compass-reading, and comprehensive updates on a range of technological advances, this perennially popular guide is more indispensable than ever.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071361101
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Series:
Essential Series
Edition description:
List
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
252,820
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction


What's New in this Edition


1. A Sense of Direction


Locating Your Sixth Sense


How Not to Get Lost


Why We Get Lost


How to "Get Found"


2. Maps


The World in Your Hands


Types of Maps


Three Dimensions into Two


The Language of Maps


Reading the Terrain


Latitude and Longitude


Scale


Distance


Direction


Putting Yourself on the Map


Map Care and Gear


3. Compasses


What Compasses Can Do


Earth's Magnetic Field


How Compasses Work


Make Your Own


Declination


Compass Types


Orienting Your Compass to Magnetic North


Orienting Your Compass to Geographic North


Bearings


Deviation


Following a Compass Course


Testing Your Skills


4. Navigation


Map and Compass Combined


Orienting the Map with a Compass


Finding a Course from the Map


Locating a Mapped Object in the Field


Locating an Observed Object on the Map


A Bearing from a Mapped Object


Other Lines of Position


Warning Bearings


Crossing Lines of Position


Returning to the Same Spot


A Running Fix


Finding Distance Off


Measuring Distance Covered


Dead Reckoning


5. Navigation in Use


Route Planning


The Practice of Navigation


On the Trail


Hitting What You Aim For


Landmarks as Guides


Sources of Error


When You Are Lost


6. Looking to Nature for Clues


Finding North and South at Noon


North and South from a Shadow


Quick but Inaccurate


Movements of Sunrise and Sunset


Bearings from Sunrise and Sunset


Polaris


The Southern Cross


Other Stars


7. Extreme Environments


Mountains


Snow


Deserts


8. Electronic Navigation


GPS 101


Getting Started


E-Maps: Topos and Charts on CD-ROM


9. Appendix


Bearings of Sunrise and Sunset


Declination Corrections


Metric Conversion Tables


Orienteering


Sources of Maps, Books, Compasses, Videos, GPS Manufacturers, and Electronic Mapmakers


Travel Plan


Index


Acknowledgments


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Guest More than 1 year ago
The title may keep it from being more popular than it should be, but I have discovered the Essential Wilderness Navigator is the best map & compass land nav book out there. Like many people I had been led to believe that the 'Sierra Club Land Navigation Handbook' or Bjorn Kjellstrom's vastly overrated 'Be Expert with Map and Compass' to be the last word on the subject of reading a map. Those books don't even come close. Wilderness Navigator has by far the best illustrations and material to get you up and running with topo map and compass, along with more advanced material once you're ready. And (yay!) no wasted space on Orienteering, Scouting, Astronomy, or other marginally relevant garbage, just real-life outdoor navigation for hikers and backpackers. Plus, the larger format is easier to read, and you can actually lay the book flat on the ground to help you while practicing your navigation skills. If you really want to know how to read a map and use a compass in authentic outdoor situations, this is the book to buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You want to learn how to use a map and compass? Mostly for navigating on land, especially remote wilderness? This is the best comprehensive book I've found on the subject, bar none. Reasons: 1) It gets to the point quickly in teaching you map & compass fundamentals. 2) It teaches realistic methods, and does not emphasize the unrealistic ones (one glaring example: penciling a lot of inaccurate magnetic declination lines all over your map the night before your trip (because the author used the method once for an adventure race with a special large-scale map and thinks it's cool) 3) It has clear, large, easy-to-understand illustrations. 4) It teaches BOTH compass dead reckoning (compass only) AND terrain association (map priority) navigation principles and shows the advantages and weaknesses of each in a given situation. 5) It has nice large pages and lays flat while you refer to various sections and practice using your map & compass. 6) It also covers more advanced map/compass skills (such as plotting your position using lat/long and UTM grids) as well as beginner exercises, and does so in the same clear, practical way. 7) It warns you of the inaccuracies of some improvised 'navigational' methods (like telling directions from a wristwatch and the sun) while still giving you useful information on methods that do work well in an emergency. 8) It does not attempt to be a 'all-method navigation' book. Such a book does not exist. Either the GPS material will be inadequate or the map/compass material is too abbreviated.
Skipper_T More than 1 year ago
I have read other David Seidman books and really learned/enjoyed them a lot. So when I started an interest in land navigation and he had written on the subject, I bought his. This has turned out to be a great instructional manual. I read it cover to cover and did the exercises and such and am now proficient in the practice. I have discovered orienteering and adventure racing and knowing navigation is critical to the process. If want to learn and have fun doing it, this is a great book!