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.
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).
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 http://micronavigation.com/biography/ 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!