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Product Details

  • Series: Mountaineers Outdoor Basics
  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 2 edition (July 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898869536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898869538
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An ideal book for those who aspire to travel with precision in the backcountry. -- Lewiston Morning Tribune<br /><br />An informative book on how to walk in the woods. -- Reel News<br /><br />Even if you've never held a compass or GPS, you'll have an idea of how they work. -- Sweat magazine<br /><br />If you're planning a wilderness excursion, swallow your pride and pick up Wilderness Navigation. -- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review<br /><br />Required reading for anyone who spends time in the outdoors with a map and compass. -- St. Paul Pioneer Press<br /><br />[E]ssentials for using a map and a compass as well as easy and practical techniques for using global positioning devices. --Willoughby (OH) News-Herald

About the Author

Bob Burns is a long-time member of The Mountaineers. He has taught classes in the use of map and compass since the late 1970s. Mike Burns is an avid climber. He has instructed climbing and navigation classes, and written articles for Climbing magazine.

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Customer Reviews

It's well written and easy to understand.
Casey
This book gives a great introduction to the art of navigating in the field using a map and compass.
Brian McElhaney
It was a good book but and instructor to go along with it would have helped alot.
Sherman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

103 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Mnium on December 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book may be small enough to carry as a primer on land navigation for folks venturing into the wilds without knowledge or experience of map and compass skills.
However, as a text on land navigation skills it was disappointing. Better choices would be the Land Navigation Handbook: The Sierra Club Guide to Map and Compass by W. Kals (excellent) or M. Ferguson's GPS Land Navigation: A Complete Guidebook for Backcountry Users of the NAVSTAR Satellite System (also excellent).
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2003
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I have been teaching orienteering for seven years, and this book is everything I could ask for in an introductory text. There are more advanced books, it is true, but this book is reasonably priced, highly readable, and complete enough for the beginning through intermediate adventurer.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By MT on October 17, 2003
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I am glad of to have bought this book, and here is the reason.
-Written by experts
-procedures explained clearly
-No time wasting, lessons cut the chase
CONCRETE and CONCISE
In a sure and concise way this book will explain you how to use map and compass so simple, in an easy way and without time wasting
OFFERS USEFUL EXTRA INFORMATION
Book have explanations about how to use altimeters and some considerations about altimeter performance under different weather conditions and this a good reason to include this book in your shopping list.
I have bought other 2 books about map and compass using, and this book includes information others doesn't have
BEST STARTING POINT
If you are looking for a concise introductory and well explained-compact book then this is the book for you, no doubt!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1999
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Clear, concise and complete guide to wilderness travel. Well written with appropriate practice problems. Excellent book which is small and light enough to be in ones pack. But you really should study the book before you go into the wilderness. Reasonably priced.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By George D. Smith on August 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
I think this is the best book for backpackers and hikers in general, particularly those who will venture off trail. It extensively covers use of map and compass; and goes on to briefly but cogently discuss the more expensive gadgets- altimeter, and GPS. And it warns you not to become too dependent on these more expensive gadgets. Your most important tools for wilderness navigation will be a good compass, along with a proper map. Buy a good compass with adjustable declination and mirror, as the authors suggest. Read their recommendations for this essential tool before you shop, and then go to the USGS website and get a downloadable topo map for your residence. Take book, compass, and map out into your neighborhood and practice in your own backyard before heading off into the boonies. Only a fool would go into the wilderness without a map. For most, a good map and compass are all you really need. I would add one thing that is only mentioned briefly in this fine text: If you go hiking abroad or in the Southern Hemisphere, you need to buy a Global compass. Mine is the Suunto MC-2 Global, but it has a drawback: inches on the rulers and not centimeters. Most foreign topos are in meters. Buy a good global compass with both inches and centimeters, study this book, and you are prepared for navigating just about anywhere.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eric A. Williams on November 5, 2006
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The book was alright. It covered only the basics and did not serve the purpose I had in mind. It is on the Special Forces supplemental reading list, and to be honest, I don't know why. It has no information in it that is not already in the FM's for land nav. I was truely disappointed but for a layman, this is a good book to get you started. Don't get lost.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Casey on May 5, 2011
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This book is meant for beginners. Lets face it, everybody has to start somewhere. As a novice I didn't want a book that was 400 pages breaking down every last detail about using maps and compasses. This book is actually quite good. It's well written and easy to understand. For 10 dollars you're not going to get extremely high resolution maps and perfect quality pictures, otherwise it's no longer 10 dollars. You have to remember that this book was derived from a single chapter of a bigger book. It's designed to throw in your pack and be easily stowed. It's easy to pick this book up and find useful information quickly. The authors time and again preach about common sense and draw upon their own personal experience in the wilderness. I will read this book again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stardude on March 1, 2013
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This was a mandatory read on my mountaineers.org navigation class. The book taught me navigation very clearly in just 2 days of reading (and taking the class). I'd recommend this to a friend.
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