I am passionate about the lost art and science of what is termed “Natural Navigation“, or ’emergency navigation’ – the skill or reading nature’s clues to find your way without map, compass, gps or signposts.
To start you off, here are my favourite books on the subject, which you can all find online. My favourite is Harold Gatty’s Finding Your Way – a classic.
You will understand why I call my business Five Senses, and why walking barefoot has great advantages to learning to read the landscape. Based as I am in the north of Scotland, I believe in teaching people to read and understand their local environment, so not all techniques are applicable in your area (sand dunes are not so common here, nor trees but what there is has been well sculpted by the prevailing winds!)
Have a look at the books:-
Gatty, Harold – Finding your way without map or compass
Aveni, Anthony – People and the sky
Burch, David – Emergency Navigation
Wilson, Neil – SAS Tracking and navigation handbook
Grylls, Bear – Born survivor / Man v Wild – survival techniques …
Thomas, Stephen – Last Navigator
Cunliffe, Tom – Celestial Navigation
It is all about using your senses, being aware and observing – skills that need to be taught and developed – technology has made us lazy. Just like my other passion, making fire. For courses and private info, you can email me.