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#239846 - 01/22/12 12:51 AM Re: Learning Navigation [Re: jshannon]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
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Registered: 11/13/06
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Loc: Somewhere in Florida
Originally Posted By: jshannon
I wouldn't get any book, but would check online sites. No need to spend money.

http://kifaru.net/navigate1.htm

I find that books are more complete than what I can find online. The Internet is great for quick references and sometimes it has great articles such as those written by Dr. Brent Blue and Doug Ritter but a book is more in depth on its given subject.

Jeanette Isabelle
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#239851 - 01/22/12 01:33 AM Re: Learning Navigation [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
hikermor Offline
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Kjellstrom's book should be available in any decent public or university library....
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#239853 - 01/22/12 02:02 AM Re: Learning Navigation [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Byrd_Huntr Offline
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Registered: 01/28/10
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Loc: MN, Land O' Lakes & Rivers ...
Originally Posted By: JeanetteIsabelle
Originally Posted By: jshannon
I wouldn't get any book, but would check online sites. No need to spend money.

http://kifaru.net/navigate1.htm

I find that books are more complete than what I can find online. The Internet is great for quick references and sometimes it has great articles such as those written by Dr. Brent Blue and Doug Ritter but a book is more in depth on its given subject.

Jeanette Isabelle


Here's a link to a used copy for $2.34 plus shipping

http://product.half.ebay.com/Be-Expert-W...376&tg=info
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#239857 - 01/22/12 02:36 AM Re: Learning Navigation [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Alan_Romania Offline

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Posts: 631
Loc: Arizona
When I have a few more minutes I will post some more resources;

This is the newest edition of Basic Land Navigation for Firefighters http://tinyurl.com/6tpr8st

It isn't the best text and it goes into some aspects of land navigation that are rarely of use to non-firefighters but it is good none the less.
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#239862 - 01/22/12 03:11 AM Re: Learning Navigation [Re: Byrd_Huntr]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
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Registered: 11/13/06
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Loc: Somewhere in Florida
Originally Posted By: Byrd_Huntr
Here's a link to a used copy for $2.34 plus shipping

http://product.half.ebay.com/Be-Expert-W...376&tg=info

I've learned to be leery of eBay.

Jeanette Isabelle
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#239890 - 01/22/12 04:01 PM Re: Learning Navigation [Re: widget]
comms Offline
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Registered: 07/23/08
Posts: 1502
Loc: Mesa, AZ
Originally Posted By: widget
+ 1 on the Bjorn Kjellstrom's "Be Expert With Map and Compass." It is a workbook that carries you through the entire navigation process. Best book I have found on map and compass. I still work my way through mine every few years for a refresh.


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#239891 - 01/22/12 04:36 PM Re: Learning Navigation [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Outdoor_Quest Offline
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Registered: 08/17/09
Posts: 305
Loc: Central Oregon
The books I use for references in my navigation classes are:

Map and Compass: "Staying Found" by June Fleming

GPS: "GPS Made Easy" by Letham

I have a list of navigation articles/posts on my web site:

http://outdoorquest.biz/PostsonLandNavigation.htm

You are certainly getting lots of great suggestions in this thread.

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#239933 - 01/23/12 10:22 AM Re: Learning Navigation [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
EMPnotImplyNuclear Offline
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Registered: 09/10/08
Posts: 375
Originally Posted By: JeanetteIsabelle
Originally Posted By: jshannon
I wouldn't get any book, but would check online sites. No need to spend money.

http://kifaru.net/navigate1.htm

I find that books are more complete than what I can find online. The Internet is great for quick references and sometimes it has great articles such as those written by Dr. Brent Blue and Doug Ritter but a book is more in depth on its given subject.

Jeanette Isabelle

They have internet books smile
The one Alan posted, from National Wildfire Coordinating Group, PMS 475 --- Basic Land Navigation --- June 2007
From US Army FM 3-25.26: Map Reading And Land Navigation
From Australian Emergency Management, Manual 36 Map Reading and Navigation
From Washington State University, EM2474 Outdoor Navigation with Map and Compass

Via BackcountryAttitude, wikipedia, and some search engines
REI Navigation Basics: Map and Compass
Helping Your Child Learn Geography
Finding Your Way with Map and Compass
How To Use a Compass with a USGS Topographic Map
What Do Maps Show?
27 Ideas for Teaching With Topographic Maps
Introduction to Topographic Maps
How to use a compass
OA Guide to Map & Compass part of The Backpacker's Field Manual
A RuckSack primer on... Land navigation: Tactics & strategies for using maps, compasses, ranger pacing beads, & GPS units to solve complex navigational problems in the bush
THE AMERICAN PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR, maritime navigation

Instructor/Student handbook and slideshows, ppt/pdf LAND NAVIGATION with MAP and LENSATIC COMPASS Teach yourself and others in the knowledge of "WILDERNESS TRAVEL"

United States National Grid
Demonstration of USNG on a Google Map
http://nationalatlas.gov/
http://nationalmap.gov/

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#239934 - 01/23/12 01:13 PM Re: Learning Navigation [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
MostlyHarmless Offline
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Registered: 06/03/09
Posts: 982
Loc: Norway
A good way to learn is to grab a map and bring it with you. Associating what you see around you with what you see on the map is learned through practice.

The books can teach you problem solving techniques and practical tips. But the real meat is trying those techniques in the field.

You can bring a map whenever you are passenger in a car, a train or a bus. Or every time you go to the local park. Or whatever. Practice, practice, practice.

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#239938 - 01/23/12 04:01 PM Re: Learning Navigation [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Pete Offline
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Registered: 02/20/09
Posts: 1372
"The books can teach you problem solving techniques and practical tips. But the real meat is trying those techniques in the field. "

Very true.

If you lived near a large region of wilderness I would suggest that you try the exercise below. But don't do it - if it will compromise your safety in any way. This exercise is best done on land where there is scrub brush - with bushes higher than you head. So you can't easily see where you came from, or where you are going.

* Pick a starting point on the edge of a road or fence.
* Walk about half a mile on a specified compass bearing.
* Make a turn of 120 degrees to the right
(e.g. if you first bearing was 60 degrees, next one is 180 degrees).
* Walk exactly the same distance again
* Make another turn of 120 degrees to the right
* Walk exactly the same distance again

If you do this right - you will walk an exact equilateral triangle, and come back precisely to your original starting point.

But practically, this little exercise will show you that a lot of things can go wrong when doing an (apparently) simple exercise.

Good luck!
Pete2

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