Mt Hood maps

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Chip Down
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Mt Hood maps

Post by Chip Down » August 10th, 2019, 1:49 pm

Continuing a discussion that started elsewhere:

I dislike my two printed Hood maps: Green Trails and Nat Geo. Actually, I dislike all maps, but some are better than others. My 1990 Geo-Graphics is most reliable for both natural features and man-made features. I like the fact that it shows abandoned trails, which can be fun to look for (three decades later, some remnants can be found). Snowfields and glaciers are accurately portrayed (funny that after thirty years of retreat, Geo-Graphics still shows where the snow is better than modern maps). Although roads and trails can change at any time, my antique map is sometimes more accurate than my new-ish maps. One complaint about the Geo-Graphics is it can be a little hard to read. For example, trails sometimes "disappear" when they run parallel to contour lines (as trails tend to do).

Webfoot asked what I think of Adventure Maps' offering. Hard to tell from an online preview screen. I suppose I'd have to spend some time with the full-size map before I could say. I like some things about it, but it's disappointing in other respects (as expected; hard to imagine any one map will be best by all criteria). Since I almost never carry a printed map anymore, it's nice to find one that is sold flat. Funny that it's twice the price, probably because the price includes shipping.

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Re: Mt Hood maps

Post by Webfoot » August 10th, 2019, 2:33 pm

I enjoy reviewing historic maps too. It makes me feel old to call 1990 historic but the size of trees that were seedlings then gives me little choice. Here are the full preview images for the Adventure Maps product, if they help you get a feel for it.

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Re: Mt Hood maps

Post by justpeachy » August 10th, 2019, 2:52 pm

I really like the Adventure Maps. I think own almost all of them now. They're probably my favorite, but the Green Trails maps are pretty great too, if not always quite as detailed. I like that Green Trails actually sends people out to hike the trails instead of just relying on third party data. I also like the National Geographic Trails Illustrated maps.

I love maps. Whenever we go someplace new I buy all the maps I can for the area: national forest map, ranger district map, wilderness map, and any maps created by private companies like Adventure Maps. And then I download several map layers for offline use in Gaia. I usually spend some time each evening on a trip studying the maps for fun. You can never have too many maps. :D

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Re: Mt Hood maps

Post by aiwetir » August 12th, 2019, 4:37 pm

I'll make anyone custom maps at just half the rate your car mechanic charges you. That's a deal at $60 an hour.
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Re: Mt Hood maps

Post by Chip Down » August 13th, 2019, 6:48 pm

The Adventure maps have a curiously cartoony style, as if they don't want to be taken seriously, kind of a touristy feel. That doesn't make them inferior; in fact, in many respects it makes them easier to work with. That wouldn't keep me from buying one, but maybe in a brick/mortar store (where decisions are quick and based on first impressions) I might balk.
aiwetir wrote:
August 12th, 2019, 4:37 pm
I'll make anyone custom maps at just half the rate your car mechanic charges you. That's a deal at $60 an hour.
I can beat that: I'll work on your car for half of the Aiwetir Cartography rate. At $30/hr, that's a steal. Services I'm qualified to provide: Detailing, air filter changes on some models, tire inflation, headlight replacement. I can subcontract other services; inquire via PM for rates.

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Re: Mt Hood maps

Post by aiwetir » August 13th, 2019, 11:39 pm

Chip Down wrote: I can beat that: I'll work on your car for half of the Aiwetir Cartography rate. At $30/hr, that's a steal. Services I'm qualified to provide: Detailing, air filter changes on some models, tire inflation, headlight replacement. I can subcontract other services; inquire via PM for rates.
What would you charge to fix this?
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Re: Mt Hood maps

Post by retired jerry » August 14th, 2019, 5:18 am

That "cartoony style" is so old people can read it. I love it :)

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Re: Mt Hood maps

Post by Webfoot » August 14th, 2019, 10:59 am

Not only is it easier to read, the Mt Hood map at least appears to be far more accurate than either the USGS Quad or Ranger District maps, and it's waterproof.

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