Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass

Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass

by Harold Gatty

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Overview

During his remarkable lifetime, Harold Gatty became one of the world's great navigators (in 1931, he and Wiley Post flew around the world in a record-breaking eight days) and, to the benefit of posterity, recorded in this book much of his accumulated knowledge about pathfinding both on land and at sea.
Applying methods used by primitive peoples and early explorers, the author shows how to determine location, study wind directions and reflections in the sky, even how to use the senses of smell and hearing to find your way in the wilderness, in a desert, in snow-covered areas, and on the ocean. By observing birds and other animals, weather patterns, vegetation, shifting sands, patterns of snow fields, and the positions of the sun, moon, and stars, would-be explorers can learn to estimate distances and find their way without having to rely on a map or a compass.
The wealth of valuable data and advice in this volume — much of it unavailable elsewhere — makes it indispensable for hikers, bikers, scouts, sailors, and outdoorsmen — all those who might find themselves stranded or lost in an unfamiliar area. Through careful study of this book and its lessons, pathfinders can learn to interpret signs in the natural world to find their way in almost any kind of terrain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486406138
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 12/23/1998
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 741,227
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
FOREWORD BY LIEUTENANT GENERAL JAMES H. DOOLITTLE
PREFACE
CHAPTER
1 NATURE IS YOUR GUIDE
2 HOW EARLY MAN FOUND HIS WAY
3 IS THERE A SIXTH SENSE?
4 WALKING IN CIRCLES
5 WALKING IN A STRAIGHT LINE
6 USE OF THE EARS
7 USING YOUR SENSE OF SMELL
8 REFLECTIONS IN THE SKY (WITH SOME NOTES ON STANDING CLOUDS)
9 DIRECTIONS FROM THE WIND
10 SOME SPECIAL EFFECTS OF SUN AND WIND
11 DIRECTIONS FROM TREES AND OTHER PLANTS
12 ANTHILL SIGNPOSTS
13 FINDING YOUR WAY IN THE DESERT
14 FINDING YOUR WAY IN THE POLAR REGIONS
15 DIRECTIONS FROM HILLS AND RIVERS
16 ESTIMATION OF DISTANCE
17 FINDING YOUR WAY IN TOWNS
18 ORIENTING AS A SPORT
19 DIRECTIONS FROM WAVES AND SWELLS
20 THE COLOR OF THE SEA
21 THE HABITS OF SEA BIRDS
22 WHAT THE MOON CAN TELL YOU
23 DIRECTIONS FROM THE SUN
24 DIRECTIONS FROM THE STARS
25 TELLING THE TIME BY THE STARS
SELECTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
SIMPLE TABLES OF DIRECTIONS OF THE SUN
INDEX

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Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Adventure-Writer More than 1 year ago
Finding Your Way Without A Map or Compass... is not just your basic survival guide which (if lucky enough) points one towards true North! This book is one of the best compilations of methods that everyone from primative man (and woman) have used to find their way in the wilds, to the most complicated forms used in the modern world! I've been a survival trainer for years, and was still happy to find things of use throughout this book. It's more than a manual, it's the key to unlock the common sense which lurks deep within us all, so that we to may find our way in the World! I found topics such as the Native American use of tree formations and cairns..., to the Aboriginal methods for crossing vast, shapless distances extremely usefull. As well as topics such as how Nomad warriors crossed the sand dunned waste lands were also of interest, esecially for those who might someday hike through areas such as these (the Continental Divide Trail for instance, or Mexico, even South America etc...). I beleive there is something in this interesting read for everyone to glean a little knowledge from..., and if all one learned from this book was how to travel in a straight line based on how the prevalant winds are blowing today..., than it was worth the money! Good luck in your travels!
WaldoCreed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quite a fascinating book about staying oriented and such, but most interesting to me was the applicability of the skills to any area of life. We need to walk circumspectly rather than what most of the world is doing and so lulls us into doing: walking "rectumspectly."