You know you shouldn’t, but every time you head out hiking do you find yourself staring at your phone or reaching for the GPS? How to Navigate is here to help.


Caro Ryan, known by many as the face behind excellent bushwalking website Lotsafreshair, has seen map technology develop first-hand. This means she’s also seen the risks that come with relying on technology with screens and batteries.

But Caro’s not just a keen hiker, she’s also a Search Commander with NSW SES Bush Search and Rescue and a Deputy Unit Commander (volunteer), responsible for the Blue Mountains of NSW. She’s been doing it for over 15 years and one thing hasn’t changed. You can’t beat a map and compass.


Nav course Blue Mts with Caro Ryan Credit Rachel Dimond, how to navigate

Caro teaches map and compass navigation in the Blue Mountains, NSW | @rachie_dimond


With more Aussies than ever exploring our backyard and extensive national parks, Caro’s set out to break down the barriers that prevent people from using traditional map and compass navigation. Her new book, How to Navigate is a straightforward guide with an Aussie focus, clear illustrations, and heaps of photos to get you off your phone.

‘Traditional navigation teaches us to see and experience the world differently. It’s about becoming deeply aware and observant of the world around us,’

– Caro Ryan

Want to learn how to navigate properly, connect more deeply with nature and most importantly, keep yourself from becoming a report on the evening news? Pick up a copy of How to Navigate, did we mention it’s only $25?


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How to Navigate by Caro Ryan Cover

Feature photo by @rachie_dimond