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Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass par [Gatty, Harold]
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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 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.

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16 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 and if I do I have a very good idea of how to find my way back now ... 20 octobre 2016
Par Lloyd Tackitt - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I don't expect to find myself lost at sea, or lost on the Arctic ice sheet, or lost in the Gobi desert, but if I do I have an idea on how to find my way out now. I might get lost on a big Texas ranch though, and if I do I have a very good idea of how to find my way back now just by looking at the trees - more so than before I read this book.

I bought it on a whim really, not because I need to know these techniques. Maybe that whim was out of a passing fancy to do some research on how people navigated tens of thousands of years ago. So I ordered it, opened it, and then stayed up a lot later than I should have three nights in a row as I devoured it.

This book really delivers. I was fascinated by how the Polynesians navigated the gigantic Pacific Ocean thousands of years before the Europeans could build a boat. How they could find tiny little islands thousands of miles from anywhere before latitude and longitude and chronometers were a thought in anyone's mind. And the explanations are detailed. How no matter where the famous European sailors landed they found ancient cultures already in place. Even on those tiny little islands.

Our ancestors knew navigation methods that modern man has not the slightest idea of, and this book explains what they knew and how they knew it. Along the way you learn some pretty cool skills, skills you are not likely to need, but if you ever'll amaze your friends, conquer your enemies, and win the best looking women.

It is an old book, written a long long time ago. Way before modern things like GPS were dreamed of. And that old-school style of writing is charming.

This is an excellent book on many levels, a thoroughly enjoyable read, well written by a well spoken man, who lived a life of adventure that few of us could ever approach. You'll be informed, entertained, charmed, and learn a lot more about man's history of distribution than you'd at first think.
78 internautes sur 81 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 5 star information; 3 star reading 30 octobre 2011
Par Red - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
To review what I like about this book would go on and on. Basically the description covers all you need to really know about what's in it. It's all very illuminating... when you think you know quite a bit it turns out you probably don't. There's so much I learned from this book, and I was in the US Navy. They didn't cover a fraction of this in bootcamp. Even later on when I was in the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist program, which encompasses a supreme amount of navigation knowledge, they barely even touched on but a few of these methods. It's a shame... I wish this was a mandatory read for my shipmates and I.

I did however find it a wee bit frustrating to read. I've never read a book that beats a dead horse so badly. Halfway through the book I felt that if I read one more word about how 'there's no sixth sense' I was going to burn it. There's even a whole chapter based on it... and this isn't the only point he beats to death either. He's very long-winded when it comes to describing things, for example, here he lists things a person can hear of the land while he is offshore (as if we didn't already know): "He can listen to the sound of chopping, sawmills, church bells, whistles, to the rumble of trains and other industrial and highway noises, to the lowing of cattle, the crowing or cackling of poultry, the bleating of sheep, to waterfalls and rapids or the sea's surf". --now, tell me that couldn't have been shortened a bit. Ugh!

He also tends to give way too many examples from the pages of history or his own experience. While this is pretty informative and sometimes appreciated, it's not the most useful information... like I don't need you to prove what you just said; I believe you, man. Once he explained the point I didn't feel that I learned anything further from him then beating it into me with some explorer's logbook from the year 1577. I definitely feel this book could have been summed up in about 50 pages without leaving anything practically important out. In the end, the information contained within this book is well worth finishing it in spite of any frustrations you just might have while reading it... especially if you don't mind loading up on history facts.
35 internautes sur 36 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent resource for natural navigation 18 novembre 2010
Par Kathleen San Martino - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
The author of this book died in 1957 but the estate of Harold Gatty chose to publish this guide. In my opinion, this was a wise decision as this is an absolutely phenomenal book.

The author, who was an accomplished navigator, describes how to use the wind, sky, clouds, sun, shadows, reflection in the sky, trees, animals, termite mounds, etc. to determine direction (north, south, east, or west). Also, he makes it clear that no part of the world is without signals--whether it be desert, the Arctic, the sea, Antarctica, etc. It is clear that we as a society have lost our quick ability to observe what nature is telling us. This is not a "how to" book; instead the author explains through stories and examples of how previous explorers found their way and how he has done so as well.

In addition to using natural surroundings, he also describes how to navigate your way through towns and cities by determining direction based on the way a house was placed or where the kitchen is. The reason you can do this is that certain regions face their houses toward the sun or toward the wind - it depends on the place.

Of course, this book will only guide you and it is not designed to be your only reference source as the observer must learn the prevailing details associated with their area, such as from which way the prevailing winds blow, before they can be a successful navigator. Mr. Gatty ecouranges you to pay attention to your surroundings and to pick out directional details from everything in your environment (including insects or houses). In a beginning example in the book, he describes how he can tell where a picture was taken, at what time of day, and which direction the house is facing. For instance, in the picture the shadow of the tree is at the base of the tree indicating it's around noon.

Since the author travelled extensively, he was well versed in navigating in almost any terrain and describes his techniques well in a scholarly sort of way. I know that as a result of this guide, I will be paying more attention to what nature is telling me and the natural details typical of my area. I will also pay attention to man-made details such as the way houses are positioned in a specific area of the country. For fun, I will also try to determine what information I can gleam from pictures alone.

You might ask yourself, can I navigate in an unknown never seen land just by reading this book? I think you can navigate somewhat as a result of reading this book. However, to truly be successful with the techniques he describes, in my opinion, you must learn a little bit about what is typical in the area--the birds, winds, etc. Despite this, I feel this book is priceless especially for those who don't want to rely on technology to get around!
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best of the best 18 janvier 2016
Par whisslstop - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Forget Gooley's books and get the one instead. Although it was written years ago, it still is better than most on the market today. Engaging, surprising, and informative. What more can you ask for in a book like this? Gatty knew his stuff and shares it all here for you. A must have.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Still relevant today 15 mai 2014
Par G Voice - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
When one is put in that situation that you believed you would never be in then reading this book could be the difference of finding your successful return. When with no cellphone, GPS or map and compass to assist you then reality hits.

I have used this book information many times over the years and have taken the time to re-read.

Being a traveller of remote and distant locations I find the book very helpful. I am sure it has contributed to my more timely return and assurance of arriving.

Most of the time we become in need is when things happen that should not or are inexpected events.
This book will help all who could find themselves in a place you know not where you are.

The book will be of interest to those who have a love of the outdoors. The book makes you more aware of what is around you.
The age of the books writting should not put you off reading this book.
Harold Gatty has taken the time to remove the riddles that plagued early explorers.
We know the names of those that made their destination but know only a few who did not arrive.

Survival is getting to youre destination where ever it is. In towns, Bush,mountaians and at sea.

Happy travelling and have adventures with confidence.
In todays world we have gadgets but they are rarely available when required. This book is a default place when all else fails.
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