In this age of the ubiquitous GPS the rare and ancient art of natural navigation is neither well known nor used. Natural navigation the art of finding your way by reference to natural clues, including the sun, stars, moon, weather, land, sea, plants and animals will enable readers to reconnect with their natural environment in new and exciting ways. An unusual and exciting blend of natural science, history of travel, myth and folklore, the reader is taken on a journey at the end of which they will not only understand how to find north by using the stars, but also what the north star (al-Jidi) meant to the Bedouin. They will understand why trees are shaped the way they are and how to find their way by looking at branches and leaves. As well as encouraging us to read the world around us in new ways The Natural Navigator will also encourage us to rediscover some of the extraordinary connections between natural phenomena and our daily lives. Whether it s listening to gravel underfoot or concocting a mixture of grass, cloves and honey to simulate the smell of the Caribbean islands after weeks at sea, this gloriously interactive book encourages us all to get out and explore the
Tristan Gooley set up his natural navigation school, The Natural Navigator, after studying and practising the art for over ten years. His passion for the subject stems from hands-on experience. He has led expeditions in five continents, climbed mountains in Europe, Africa and Asia, sailed across oceans and piloted small aircraft to Africa and the Arctic. He is the only living person to have both flown and sailed solo across the Atlantic. Tristan is a Fellow of both the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Royal Geographical Society and is the Vice Chairman of Trailfinders. He lives with his wife and two sons in West Sussex.