I used to walk a lot in the hills as part of group (where I could usually rely on someone else to lead the party!)... but a career change meant I haven't done any serious walking for the last decade or so. I have a bit more time on my hands now and felt a strong desire to 'get back out there'. As such, I wanted a book which reminded me of all the things I had learned as a boy scout, advised me of any developments in the last few years, and gave me the confidence to lead a small family party in to the hills (now I am older, people are looking to me to take charge... it must be an age thing!).
None of the walks I will be taking will be particularly challenging (at least not initially)... but from previous experience, I know how quickly and easily things can turn bad... so I wanted to make sure all walks are as safe, comfortable, and enjoyable as possible.
The book is everything I need it to be... it more than fulfills all my needs, and also covers techniques which I have no intention of using (e.g. using ropes etc). Despite this, I have read every section in detail, as you never know when these skills might be required!
The book is well written, professional yet informal in tone, with clear diagrams and explanations. It is best digested in sections, as there is a lot of information to take in (especially if the subject areas are new to you).
As per the previous reviewer's comments, the section on navigation perhaps could be more comprehensive, but it it does cover the basics. If you're looking for more on this subject, you probably need a dedicated book. I would recommend the following:- Map and Compass: The Art of Navigation (Cicerone Techniques)