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Ultimate Navigation Manual by [Brotherton, Lyle]
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Outdoors Magic 'The Collins Ultimate Navigation Manual is the best and most comprehensive navigation guide we've come across'.

Trail Magazine 'Seamlessly integrating traditional methods with cutting-edge GPS techniques into a fresh and intuitive format'

Adventure Travel ‘Defines the word ‘comprehensive’. It’s got everything you could think of to do with navigation’

Field Magazine ‘It’s an essential for anyone who spends time in the countryside’

The Great Outdoors ‘This is an excellent reference manual for all navigators, both amateur and professional, and I recommend it highly’

Walk Magazine ‘This comprehensive and richly illustrated guide has everything you could ever wish to know about navigation’

The Royal Institute of Navigation ‘(An) outstanding achievement in writing…a comprehensive book for Land Navigation’

About the Author

Lyle Brotherton is a member of a Scottish mountain rescue team and both lectures and instructs 'Advanced SAR Navigation' to Mountain Rescue and Search & Rescue teams, plus the Special Forces. He also advises the UK & US Governments on navigational strategy in Emergency Management Planning and works with international governments post major disasters, such as the floods in Pakistan, 2010. In writing this new book he worked with over 130 Search & Rescue teams in 22 countries. Since the publication of the Ultimate Navigation Manual, The Royal Institute of Navigation have awarded Lyle Brotherton their Certificate of Achievement in honour of his ‘outstanding achievement in writing… a comprehensive book for Land Navigation’.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 33715 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IH021M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 162 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,005 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am head of an Outdoor Pursuits in a secondary school, holding the post for the last 15 years; one of my key activities is training & assessing Duke of Edinburgh Award groups, (Bronze, Silver & Gold) Ten Tors & overseas expeditions, hill Walking, canoeing, kayaking, cycling & skiing. This is the book I've been looking for. It's written in a way that is accessible for both pupils & staff. Beautifully illustrated and with so much detail. It's clear the author has great enthusiasm for the subject and huge experience.

Mr Brotherton has worked with some of the best in the world; he's at the leading edge in this field, mastering their navigational techniques, pioneering new techniques and putting them together for the first time in one book. Anyone who loves the outdoors or works in the outdoor pursuits industry needs to read this book. It will move your navigational skill forward whatever your level.

If Ranulph Fiennes values the author's knowledge & teaching methods we know we can too. I've not been able to put the book down since I bought it.
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Nine months ago I asked a friend of mine, who is in the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, to recommend a good book about navigation to get my skills back up to scratch as I was working towards become a Duke of Edinburgh Leader and this book was his recommendation.

He had bought a copy of it after the author had visited his team, to deliver some training and was singing its praises.It is a large tome with 360 pages dedicated to land navigation.

It is very well laid out, with clear chapters, following a logical order to understanding land navigation. The copy is to the point, written in plain English and describes the techniques in everyman's language.

Better still, the quality of the photography, not only in terms of artistic quality, which in itself is very high, but more importantly, in conveying sometimes quite complicated procedures in a visually interesting and engaging manor that makes each technique easy to follow.

The diagrams are reminiscent of Petzl's product diagrams and are truly excellent, again leaving no ambiguity whatsoever as exactly what to do.

I found myself eager to learn more as I progressed through the techniques and even started to absorb the specialist techniques needed for environments such as deserts and jungles, albeit the likelihood of me visiting these regions is remote.

I cannot extol the virtues of this book enough, as one reviewer stated, anyone who trains Sir Ranulph Fiennnes and Mountain Rescue Teams is more than qualified to deliver such a book. However, what makes him unique is the excellent execution of the work, no doubt working with such an equally credible publisher, Harper Collins, making this book unparalleled by any other on this subject.
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Lyle Brotherton stated on page 192 of his book, the `Ultimate Navigation Manual' that, "my raison d'être in writing this work has been to make passage on foot safer for anyone, anywhere and at anytime in the world". In my view this means that precise and meticulous planning followed by safety-conscious execution are essential in order to become, as stated on the cover of the book, " . . . an expert navigator".

Although I have been walking in the fells and mountains of Cumbria and many other places throughout the world for 50+ years, I have learned a great deal from this book and I would recommend it to anyone who is serious about improving their navigation skills. In my view, it really is the ultimate navigation manual.

However, what bothers me is that I believe the same principles of precision, planning and execution are extremely important when it comes to writing/editing a book. Unfortunately, this is not the case with parts of this book (especially the first half) and you have to ask the question: what part did editors or proofreaders play in the production of this book? Without giving an extensive list, the errors I found include, for example, getting the cardinals of the compass wrong on page 57 of the book (where the diagram shows NNW twice rather than also showing NNE), and missing out numbers in a list on page 155 (the instructions jump from point 6 to point 8 - is there a step missing or has point 8 been incorrectly numbered?). What a great pity that the publishers, Collins, do not appear to have heard the expression, "to spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar".

Professor Jim Maxon
Shap, Cumbria

20th February 2012
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I am responsible for a large department where land navigation is part of the core syllabus; as routine we receive copies of every new publication on this subject and frankly, other than Uli Benker's book 'GPS auf Outdoor-Touren', there has been nothing innovative for years. So, when the Ultimate Navigation Manual arrived on my desk, I was expecting just another me-too, particularly as I had never heard of its author; how wrong I was! This work is outstanding and we have decided to make it required reading for all our students.

Existing map and compass methods are brought right up to date, enhanced and clarified by great photography; there are also many valuable new techniques, a 'must' for any navigaor's toolkit. The satnav section cuts through the jargon (prior to reading this book we referred to this technology erroneously as GPS); the author's obvious in-depth technical knowledge is written in an accessible and user-friendly style.
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