Hail, high winds and Natural Navigation

Natural NavigatorI have just been on a 1:1 course with Tristan Gooley aka the Natural Navigator. This was an inspiring and highly practical introduction on how to use your senses and natural clues to navigate – with no electronics in sight. Natural navigation is the art of being able to find your way solely by using nature. It encompasses using the sun, moon, stars, weather, water, land, plants and animals.

Tristan is an accomplished and well respected navigator. 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. He has a deep and passionate interest in navigation and also the ancient practices now all but lost to the modern world. Skills shown by the Tuaregs of North Africa and the Polynesian sailors of the Pacific Islands …insights from which he wove into the walk across the rather bleak South Downs in November!

I would highly recommend attending one of Tristan’s courses – if you are unable to attend a course then buy his book. You can pre-order it on Amazon. Blending natural science, myth, folklore and the history of travel. The book looks at how ancient and modern travellers have found their way using the sun, stars and moon, the weather, sea and land, plants and animals. Wonderfully detailed and full of fascinacting stories and methods, this is a glorious exploration of a lost art.

Tristan is not alone in his passion – but sadly – he is one of the very few. Other books you may like to read on the same or similar topic are:

It is just as well that there are people like Tristan to remind us that navigation does not always require electricity!


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