The Nature Instinct

The Nature Instinct

Learn to Find Direction, Sense Danger, and Even Guess Nature's Next Move—Faster Than Thought

Tristan Gooley


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“A captivating guide to finding one’s way in the wild.”—The Wall Street Journal

Publisher's note: The Nature Instinct was published in the UK under the title Wild Signs and Star Paths.

Master outdoorsman Tristan Gooley was just about to make camp when he sensed danger—but couldn’t say why. After sheltering elsewhere, Gooley returned to investigate: What had set off his subconscious alarm?

Suddenly, he understood: All of the tree trunks were slightly bent. The ground had already shifted once and could easily become treacherous in a storm.

The Nature Instinct shows how we, too, can unlock this intuitive understanding of our surroundings. Learn to sense the forest’s edge from deep in the woods, or whether a wild animal might pose danger—before you even know how you know.


Tristan Gooley:
Tristan Gooley is the New York Times–bestselling author of How to Read Water, How to Read Nature, The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs, and The Natural Navigator. He is a leading expert on natural navigation, and his passion for the subject stems from his hands-on experience. He has led expeditions in five continents; climbed mountains in Europe, Africa, and Asia; sailed boats across oceans; and piloted small aircrafts to Africa and the Arctic. He is the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed single-handedly across the Atlantic, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Royal Geographical Society. He is currently vice-chairman of Trailfinders, and he runs the world’s only school of natural navigation. Visit his website: