Starting with a simple question – 'Which way am I looking?' – Tristan Gooley blends natural science, myth, folklore and the history of travel to introduce you to the forgotten art of finding your way using nature's clues, from the feel of a rock to the look of the moon.
Using Tristan's expert insight and anecdotes, you'll develop a unique insight into the world around you. From learning why some trees grow the way they do and how they can help you find your way in the countryside, to discovering how it's possible to find North simply by looking at a puddle and how natural signs can be used to navigate on the open ocean or in the heart of the city. Wonderfully detailed and full of fascinating stories, this is the seminal guide to the rediscovered art of natural navigation.
The Natural Navigator is user-friendly, practical and packed with beautiful illustrations to help natural navigators on their instrument-free journey. Beautifully repackaged, this tenth-anniversary edition includes a new preface from the author, celebrating ten years of this seminal guide to nature.
Tristan Gooley set up his natural navigation school, The Natural Navigator, after studying and practising the art for over ten years. His passion for the subject stems from hands-on experience. He has led expeditions in five continents, climbed mountains in Europe, Africa and Asia, sailed across oceans and piloted small aircraft to Africa and the Arctic. He is the only living person to have both flown and sailed solo across the Atlantic. Tristan is a Fellow of both the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Royal Geographical Society and is the Vice Chairman of Trailfinders. He is the author of The Natural Explorer and How to Connect with Nature. He lives with his wife and two sons in West Sussex.
"Changes the way you experience the world"
– Sunday Times
– Michael Palin
"The perfect book for getting you started on your own adventure"
– Sir Ranulph Fiennes
"A must for any lover of the outdoors"
– Daily Telegraph
"This book gives us the tools to re-engage with our natural world in a clear and understandable way. I love it!"
– Bear Grylls