gattyFinding Your Way Without Map or Compass by Harold Gatty, 1998

First published in 1958 as Let Nature Be Your Guide, and later as Find Your Way Without Map or Compass, this book is the original natural navigation manual. Tasmanian-born Harold Gatty was a champion aviation navigator who accompanied American aviator Wiley Post on his record-breaking flights in 1931. During WWII, Gatty was seconded to the US Navy as their head maritime navigation instructor. As the title suggests, this book is all about finding your way without a map or compass, using the tress, the sun, the stars, the prevailing winds and the moon to get where you need to go. It’s a compendium of traditional navigation knowledge from Australian Aboriginals, Polynesians and others mixed with bushman’s knowledge and backed up by sound science. Good stuff. Click on the cover to go to Amazon.com.

natnavThe Natural Navigator: The Rediscovered Art of Letting Nature Be Your Guide by Tristan Gooley, 2012

Tristan Gooley is clearly a disciple of the late Harold Gatty and not only is he helping to keep the skills alive, but he’s expanding on them and developing new ones. He’s also doing it in a very accessible and very readable fashion. Aside from learning how to find north without a compass, Gooley’s book has a focus on nature observation which will help in other areas of your bushgoing. Great book. Click on the cover to go to Amazon.com.