In this episode Medical Director Dr Will Duffin welcomes back The Natural Navigator Tristan Gooley to share insights from his latest book ‘The Secret World of Weather’. 


They discuss:

  1. Early 19th-century technology and attempts at weather forecasting and what happened to Admiral Robert Fitzroy when he first attempted to predict the weather….
  2. Why ‘big weather’ that is forecast on modern supercomputers doesn’t match the weather that we actually experience at ground level.
  3. The three key cloud families, how to spot them and what they can tell you about local weather.
  4. Reading a cumulus cloud for signs of rain.
  5. Local winds and rebel winds. What shapes them and why what we experience at ground level can be very different from what is forecast.
  6. The best and worse trees to shelter from a storm under.
  7. Putting it all into practice - on a wild camp on Dartmoor do you sleep up high on a Tor or down low in the Valley and why?
  8. Tristan’s thoughts on polymathy in contrast to ultra-specialisation. How Tristan has blended expertise from the diverse fields of geology, physics, botany and anthropology to generate fresh ideas. We reflect on how diverse skillsets in Extreme Medicine can have the same effect.

More about the guest:


Tristan Gooley is an author and natural navigator.

Tristan set up his natural navigation school in 2008 and is the author of award-winning and internationally bestselling books, including The Natural Navigator (2010) The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs (2014), How to Read Water (2016) and The Secret World of Weather (2021), some of the world’s only books covering natural navigation.

He has spent decades hunting for clues and signs in nature, across the globe, and regularly gets called: “The Sherlock Holmes of Nature”

He has written for the Sunday Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC and many magazines.

Tristan has led expeditions on five continents, climbed mountains in Europe, Africa and Asia, sailed small boats across oceans and piloted small aircraft to Africa and the Arctic. He has walked with and studied the methods of the Tuareg, Bedouin and Dayak in some of the remotest regions on Earth.

He is the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed singlehanded across the Atlantic and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Royal Geographical Society.


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