Especially for people in your AO who are (unbelievably) just now becoming conscious of what’s coming down the pike from now until after the election….basically, in varying degrees, for the foreseeable future, and really don’t have nearly the time needed to learn the ‘school’ method.
Author’s name is Don Paul; his books identify him as a retired Green Beret and Christian. Not too shabby a combination, in my book!
I’ve read through his ‘Never Get Lost,’ and it’s a superb way to get someone up on how to navigate without learning the grid system, coordinates and relying on a map and only a compass, watch, pen/pencil, and paper to perform your calculations. Maps do have their place, as do GPS devices, topographical maps, protractors, declination equations, and so forth. In fact, while I have a couple USGI Lensatic Compasses, they’re relegated to back up for my back up, as I’ve changed over to a Suunto M-3 NH Global Compass and have a MC-2 Mirror Compass as a back up. They’re faster for me as I set the declination for accuracy and speed in determining azimuths on the map. No conversion necessary. It also provides for more accuracy using Paul’s method, as he teaches a non-declination compass method, which works, but without the correct declination, you’re off your intended location by varying distances, which may or may not prove to be very important.
The next couple I’m going to read is, “Everybody’s Knife Bible,” where he teaches knife skills for use in a survival situation. He covers a lot of standard subjects/tasks, like making beds, additional weapons, etc, but he also provides instruction on how to use your knife to tell time and cross rivers. Might prove to be interesting.
I’ve got a couple other of his books coming to check out and put in the library, but if what I’ve read so far is any indication, the few bucks I’ve spent per book is well worth it. Some are available on Amazon or eBay.
Check them out.