Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter, & Gps, 2nd Ed

By Bob Burns & Mike Burns

A classic handbook for learning to navigate--extensively updated to include the newest trends & devices. 5 B&W photos, 50 illus.; 5.5x8.5 inches, 176 pgs.


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ISBN: 0-89886-953-6

EAN: 978-0-89886-953-8

Binding: Softcover

Publish Date: 14/08/2004

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* GPS chapter completely updated to reflect newer models and features of GPS receivers now available
* Expanded to include a section on routefinding on glaciers, along with additional information on changing declination
* Extensive illustrated examples of orientation & navigation
* Covers tools and skills for orientation, navigation and route finding
* Gives particular attention to off-trail navigation with altimeter and GPS
* Appendix offers 30 practice problems

So, ah... where do you think we are?

While you may never have asked this question, there are thousands of hikers, backcountry skiers and snowshoers, climbers, fishermen, hunters and forest workers who have. Wilderness Navigation is the concise, focused and affordable answer to that question.

Based on their experience helping to revise the navigation section of the best-selling climbing textbook, Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, plus years of teaching wilderness navigation, the authors have expanded the material in Freedom using the most reliable, dependable and easy-to-learn methods ever devised.

Wilderness Navigation will answer all your questions about reading maps; buying a compass; how to avoid getting lost, and what to do if that happens. It also covers wilderness route finding on trails, in the forest, in alpine areas and on snow and glaciers.

Proceed with confidence when heading off-road or off-trail with the 2nd edition of Wilderness Navigation. Whether you are climbing a glacier, orienteering in the backcountry, or on an easy day hike, Mike and Bob Burns cover all the latest technology and time-tested methods to help you learn to read a map to compasses and geomagnetism.


"This guide makes getting there easy. It embodies the essence of wilderness navigation, thoroughly covered, simply described."
--Mike Gauthier, climber/photographer -

"Does a good job of keeping it simple and straight-forward. A nice, inexpensive resource."
--Yakima Herald-Republic

Bob Burns
is a long-time member of The Mountaineers. He has taught classes in the use of map and compass since the late 1970s. Mike Burns is an avid climber. He has instructed climbing and navigation classes, and written articles for Climbing magazine.

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Weight0.35 lbs
Dimensions5 × 0.2 × 8 in


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