A Review of Wilderness Navigation: finding your way using map, compass, altimeter, and GPS. second edition by Bob Burns and Mike Burns
Wilderness Navigation packs an encyclopedia worth of outdoor navigation skills into a 150 page book. Accomplished mountaineers and outdoor skills instructors, Bob Burns and Mike Burns, achieve this by boiling their content down to include only those skills and techniques that their decades of experience have shown to work.
They devote very little space to techniques like drawing magnetic north lines on topographic maps and doing the manual calculations to correct for magnetic declination. Instead, they write what I would have—buy a compass with a declination setting because a cold, dark wilderness situation is the last place you should be doing math (but learn the “manual” technique just in case you get into one of those Apollo 13 situations).
Wilderness Navigation is aimed at mountaineers and hard core wilderness enthusiasts, but it is very clearly written and, I think, well-suited to “advanced” beginners. If you have an analytical mind and tend to easily understand new techniques and technologies, you should easily be able to start from scratch and learn everything you need to know for map and compass and GPS navigation from this book.
There are even 30 practice problems in the Appendix to test your knowledge, and practicing these navigation techniques before embarking on your mega-transect across the Congo Basin is essential. But Wilderness Navigation, and a little practice, is all the average backpacker, hunter, hiker, or birder will ever need to become a competent and confident outdoor navigator.