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

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

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by W. S. Kals
 

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Sooner or later any outdoor enthusiast will need more than trail markers for guidance. This best-selling manual - now thoroughly revised and updated - is designed for anyone who wants to chart a course in the wilderness: hiker, backpacker, snowshoer, skier, fisherman, or hunter. Step by step, it teaches the skills that enable you to answer the vital questions: Where

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Sooner or later any outdoor enthusiast will need more than trail markers for guidance. This best-selling manual - now thoroughly revised and updated - is designed for anyone who wants to chart a course in the wilderness: hiker, backpacker, snowshoer, skier, fisherman, or hunter. Step by step, it teaches the skills that enable you to answer the vital questions: Where am I now? Which way do I head to reach my destination? How far is it? And how long will it take me to get there?

Starting with the basics of interpreting maps and orienting by compass, the proceeds clearly through the more advanced mysteries of land navigation: measuring distances and estimating travel times; determining and adjusting for local declination around the globe; using an altimeter to add the dimension of height to one's position; and navigation by means of sun and stars. In updating the late W. S. Kal's text, coauthor Clyde Soles focuses on the latest developments in technology and equipment. Readers learn, for example, that through digital mapping software, one can order the exact area desired, at any scale, and print it on waterproof paper. Soles also surveys the popular handheld GPS units and instructs in their use, and provides an overview of marine navigation for the growing sport of sea kayaking. Visuals include a full-color foldout topographic map for reference and practice, plus dozens of helpful drawings and photographs.

Though much has changed, one thing certainly hasn't: The new edition of Land Navigation Handbook retains the solid information, spirit, and lively humor that made it a classic among outdoorspeople everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578051878
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Series:
Sierra Club Outdoor Adventure Guide
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,134,638
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

W. S. Kals was a planetarium director and the author of Practical Navigation and The Stargazer's Bible, among other books. Clyde Soles has written four books for The Mountaineers and regularly contributes articles on outdoor equipment, nutrition, and fitness to publications such as Backpacker, Outside, Hooked on the Outdoors, and the online outdoor and fitness resource GearTrends. He also founded Trail Runner magazine and has been a senior editor at the climbing magazine Rock & Ice.

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Land Navigation Handbook: The Sierra Club Guide to Map, Compass and GPS 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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JimJB More than 1 year ago
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.