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Where do you get your topo maps?

Postby Walkoutnow » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:48 pm

Looking for the best, and cheapest (free) that I can find. Any help or links to previous conv. about this i'd appreciate.

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Re: Where do you get your topo maps?

Postby mattyj » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:59 pm

I get them from my site. You can print with the icon in the top right using Chrome (borderless) and Firefox (w/ margins); browser printing is a little more of a hassle than desktop topo software, but it meets your free criteria.

If you don't need to worry about lining up multiple maps, you can download quads from the USGS quads for free.
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Re: Where do you get your topo maps?

Postby Josh Lewis » Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:33 am

For viewing maps I use Joey's G4Map at http://www.mappingsupport.com

As for downloading and printing maps I use my map generator: http://www.acemaps.com
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Re: Where do you get your topo maps?

Postby kylenicolls » Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:18 am

I just buy a 1:3XXXX or so from a local outdoor store. Generally costs 8 bucks but you dont spend several hours trying to find the best maps online then printed on water resistant paper in crappy ink. Thats my perspective. Although it is clear not all areas are available at stores...
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Re: Where do you get your topo maps?

Postby Tonka » Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:59 pm

Too bad the map machines at REI went away. They were great and I used them all the time. The maps were on great paper, under 10 bucks and not huge. You could just walk in and get a map of pretty much anything you wanted. I guess leasing the machines was very expensive.
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Re: Where do you get your topo maps?

Postby Josh Lewis » Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:22 pm

The map machines went away! :o Awwwww man. At least online you can get good maps though certain services (aside from the free ones)
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Re: Where do you get your topo maps?

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Re: Where do you get your topo maps?

Postby Osterizer » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:22 pm

I like the National Geographic maps. They are water proof (sunscreen can smear the ink though), contain info about the park, and are around 10 dollars.
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Re: Where do you get your topo maps?

Postby Walkoutnow » Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:51 am

You guys that print off internet, do you find that 8.5 x 11 is good enough, or do you enlarge(zoom in) the map and do multiple prints/cut and paste?

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Re: Where do you get your topo maps?

Postby fadetoyak » Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:35 am

I find that printing 7.5 minute USGS topos on 11 x 17 paper works well. My local print shop prints color laser 11 x 17 prints on 30lb paper for about $1.50 each. Cheap enough that you can make a copy for everyone in your party, and they don't smudge when wet. I imagine most print shops have similar prices.
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Re: Where do you get your topo maps?

Postby mattyj » Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:17 pm

I can't imagine trying to cut and paste multiple maps together.

If you want a large map of an area that you'll be visiting over and over, buy a large commercial map. It's hard to tear, hard to smear, and comes in a size that's uneconomical for single-serving prints. I own more of these than I care to count.

For an individual trip, I print out a small-scale map of the area I'll be visiting and plan on throwing it away when done. 8.5x11 is typically fine for this, at the worst I'll make two prints that cover different sections of a trail, or a zoomed-out print of the approach and a zoomed-in print of a climbing route.
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Re: Where do you get your topo maps?

Postby MoapaPk » Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:32 pm

I use ExpertGPS, print one 8.5"x11" overview, then print multiple zoomed pages (also 8.5"x11") for adjoining areas, if I need them.
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Re: Where do you get your topo maps?

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Re: Where do you get your topo maps?

Postby ozarkmac » Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:26 pm

+++ for Matt's caltopo.com
For commercial map selections, topo and otherwise, I like http://www.omnimap.com/ Great customer service.
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Re: Where do you get your topo maps?

Postby CClaude » Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:49 pm

myself use TOPO maps (yes, thats so 2010'ish) and print tyhem at home on "Tabloid" sized Tyvek " paper. forgot where I got the stuff, since I only use it for important stuff so I bought it once and haven't replaced it.
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