TheMaintenanceMan wrote:I'll be in Colorado in a few days to hike the Decalibron,Quandary,Belford/Oxford and Elbert.
If you're only climbing 14ers, why on earth would you need a map?!?! If you can find the TH, then the path is so beaten down and crowded with people, you'd have to try to get lost. Worse on weekends.
But if you must have maps, join the 21stCentury and go 24K GPS maps. Easily carry several states at 24K. I've totally abandoned paper maps. Did my first Grand Slam decades ago with paper and a wrist altimeter, the GPS maps beat paper in every way. As you move, the map instantly centers on your position. Zoom in for detail, out for scale. I wouldn't give you a wooden nickel for a GPS w/o the maps, but with maps . . . only way to go.
This is a very polarizing topic, as many nay sayers as advocates. Funny how the nay sayers carry a MP3 player and cell but dis a GPS with Topos.