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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 reveals 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©1958 the Executors of the Estate of Harold Gatty and A. Fenna Gatty; Copyright 1983 by Alan J. Gatty (P)2018 Tantor

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  • 14-01-2020

Very insightful read and informative

....A great wealth of information, of a lost art and skills.
Worth the credit used....

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  • 07-12-2019

One of my all time favorite books. VERY useful, even in your own town.

One of my all time favorite books. VERY useful, even in your own town.

Although Gatty discusses direction finding all over the globe by various methods from waves to birds and even laundry (granted, this hint is now a bit dated) there are so many methods described to find directions that there is always a way to gather a consensus of information needed for personal navigation.

There is more than enough truly useful information and techniques that one can learn from this book in to gain and maintain one’s bearings whether at home or abroad.

Worth one’s time and effort. pax,

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  • 06-03-2020

Very interesting

A bit of a lost art explained with clarity and vision. Worth listening to.

You will benefit from it.

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  • Flash_Gordon
  • 12-11-2019

Outstanding buy the book for any Duke of Edinburgh

A superb audio matching ‘Nature is your Guide’ word for word which I now have at home to read from when I’m not listening.

Great gift to anyone

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