By: Blonde Two

Does the name Langmuir mean anything to you? Well, when I first learnt to navigate, Eric Langmuir’s book ‘Mountaincraft and Leadership’ was the book to read if you wanted to keep yourself and your charges safe in the hills. I am proud to say that I have read my Langmuir twice from cover to cover, and I still enjoy diving back into it every now and again.

Recently however, we Blondes were sent a copy of an equally informative (and inevitably more up to date) navigation manual. ‘The Ultimate Navigation Manual’ in fact.

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Now ‘ultimate’ is a strong claim; to my mind, in order to be ultimate, a navigation book should give clear and precise instruction and should offer something to every one from the beginner to the most experienced Mountain Rescue practitioner. I have to say that I think this book does both of these with aplomb. For a start, the instructions are set out with relevant images and explanations that anyone could have a go at following. The pages move through all kinds of interesting navigation aspects; and offer the reader the opportunity to find out about more unusual ones such as jungle navigation, celestial navigation, cliff aspect and even modern satellite based navigation systems (something I definitely need to learn about).

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Differentiation is a teaching word, meaning the provision of activities to suit all levels of learners. It is a tricky thing to get right but I think that Lyle Brotherton has achieved this with his compilation of navigation best practice. We Blondes are going to enjoy learning more and trying some new tricks out on the hills this autumn!