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Greg Davenport's Advanced Outdoor Navigation: Basics and Beyond

Greg Davenport's Advanced Outdoor Navigation: Basics and Beyond

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This guide takes readers well beyond the basic skills of map and compass, moving readers to a level of complete understanding of navigation in the outdoors—regardless of terrain or time of day, whether traveling over rock or ice, through desert or jungle, on a river or at sea. As one of the most thorough books on the subject, Advanced Outdoor Navigation complements Falcon's successful list of navigation titles by going beyond the basics and offering readers the most comprehensive study of navigational skills ever published. Written by Greg Davenport, considered one of the best global survival experts in the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762737062
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 01/01/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Greg Davenport is the founding member of Simply Survival, a wilderness education program based out of Stevenson, Washington, and the author of numerous books related to outdoor survival. He has been conducting wilderness trips for over twenty years and has students from around the world follow him into the mountains and deserts to learn both basic and advanced wilderness navigation and survival skills. As a former U.S. Air Force Survival Instructor, he is considered one of the best global survival experts in the world and has consulted or appeared on such shows as 48 Hours, NBC Nightly News, CBS News, ABC PrimeTime Thursday, and on the BBC and MSNBC. Greg is the host of Risk Takers/History Makers, which appears on the History Channel. This show re-creates the incredible journeys of past explorers such as John Wesley Powell and Ernest Shackleton.

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The ability to use primitive and modern tools of navigation is key to a safe trip into the backcountry.

In 2001 a search and rescue team performed a successful mission—finding the injured and lost subject and directing the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to the pickup point. The team of ten gracious volunteers had used a GPS to navigate in. They felt great pride as the helicopter turned and left the location. Imagine how quickly their pride and sense of safety vanished when the GPS batteries went dead. The team had made a fatal error. Not one member knew enough about using a map and compass to navigate back to safety. Fortunately, they swallowed their pride and radioed the USCG rescue helicopter again asking for assistance. After a long wait, the helicopter returned and hovered over their base camp—providing a sound vector that helped the team navigate out. The reason for telling this true story is to emphasize how important basic navigation skills are. Take the time to learn them before jumping to the wonderful world of technology.

Table of Contents

(1) Introduction & History of Navigation (2) Wilderness Survival (3) All About Maps & Charts (4) All About Compasses (5) Using a Map & Compass (6) Using Celestial & Other Aids (7) Basics of Land Travel (8) Travel in Unique Environments (9) Gear for Rough Land Travel (10) Climbing Knots (11) Traveling Over Rock Surfaces (12) Snow & Glacier Travel (13) Global Positioning System (GPS) (14) Index

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