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Essential indeed. This is an example of how it should be done
on March 2, 2016
Been developing & delivering training materials for many years. Mr. Seidman shows how it should be done. The first 20 pages are so engaging, it sent me off thinking about "bigger picture" ideas, beyond navigation. I'd ponder a few seconds, then (happily) re-read a certain passage to ensure it stuck. It seems each sentence was honed for maximum meaning with minimal words, and does so with an almost lyrical quality. Damn. Seidman & Cleveland, the beer's on me.
If completely disinterested in the topic, I'd still enjoy this book. But I AM interested, and having read it cover to cover, I have learned first, how to THINK like a navigator, and second, to use tools and techniques to BE a navigator.
Dining room table - covered in topo maps, a baseplate compass, and this book. I periodically go outside and plunge sticks in the ground and stare at shadows. Watch sun, moon, stars. Compass bearing, look for a transit. I'll let you discover for yourself "the foundation stone of all wayfinding" on page 11. :-) Can't wait to get out in the woods and do this for myself, and find engaging ways to share this with the kids we bring along on some trips.
BTW, I bought another book on this topic at the same time, which I opened first. I'm betting that this "bible" on the topic is great, but the first 20 pages is of no value to the actual topic. I got antsy, went outside and did some chores, then came back and read Seidman's book and...(see above). I'll get back to that other book soon.