The Natural Navigator by Tristan Gooley
The Rediscovered Art of Letting Nature Be Your Guide

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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.


About Tristan Gooley

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Tristan Gooley is a writer and navigator. His passion for the subject of natural navigation stems from his hands-on experience. He has led expeditions in five continents, climbed mountains in Europe, Africa and Asia, sailed small boats across oceans and piloted small aircraft to Africa and the Arctic. He is the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed singlehandedly across the Atlantic, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Royal Geographical Society. Prior to setting up The Natural Navigator school, Gooley gained extensive experience in the travel industry, and he is currently Vice Chairman of Trailfinders. He and his school can be found online at
Published June 5, 2012 by The Experiment. 320 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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In ancient days, man found his way in the world and over the oceans through solar, lunar, and celestial observation, an art almost lost in a modern world given direction first by compass and cartograp

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Eagle Scouts don't hold a candle or compass to Gooley, a professional outdoorsman if there ever was one and an engaging proponent of navigation au naturale in this compelling guide. Readers will learn

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The lyrical quibbles of romantics like Mr. Gooley, who argue that navigation can and should be an art, are dismissed in a single sentence—"navigation can be defined as the science (perhaps initially an art) of maneuvering safely and efficiently from one part of the world to another"—before the au...

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As Gooley notes, “Sensual awareness is critical to finding our way without instruments, but it is also important if we do not want to be denied some of its texture … Initially, achieving this heightened level of awareness requires conscious effort, but over time, the natural navigator comes to u...

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