The Natural Navigator: The Rediscovered Art of Letting Nature Be Your Guide

Before GPS, before the compass, and even before cartography, humankind was navigating. Now this singular guide helps us rediscover what our ancestors long understood―that a windswept tree, the depth of a puddle, or a trill of birdsong can help us find our way, if we know what to look and listen for. Adventurer and navigation expert Tristan Gooley unlocks the directional clues hidden in the sun, moon, stars, clouds, weather patterns, lengthening shadows, changing tides, plant growth, and the habits of wildlife. Rich with navigational anecdotes collected across ages, continents, and cultures, The Natural Navigator will help keep you on course and open your eyes to the wonders, large and small, of the natural world.

Community Review

  • This is not a procedural book, so if you’re looking for “complete step A, then step B, and you’ll know where you are” this isn’t it.

    I am almost ashamed to admit after a lifetime of very amateur astronomy that Gooley says some things about the moon and stars that clicked in my head and changed my perspective on them. That insight alone was worth the price of admission.

  • Bought this book for my grandson who is starting in the scouting program. Wanted him to know that navigating in the woods involves more that knowing how to read a compass or GPS device. This book addresses this concept very well.
  • A lot of very interesting information that you can use on the trail. I hope to keep honing my knowledge with the help of this book and enhance my confidence while out hiking and backpacking.
  • Full of amazing, yet simple, ways to orient yourself outdoors. Great for hikers, backpackers, campers, scouts or anyone wanting a better understanding of the world around them. Fascinating and useful.

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