[Cdt-l] Cdt-l Digest, Vol 35, Issue 11
danfenn at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 12 15:14:32 CDT 2010
The new CO Mapbook from the CDTA is nothing short of AWESOME. When you combine the maps with the FREE waypoints you can download from the CDTA website, the combination of the two is incredible. I started using the maps and waypoints about a week or so into Colorado and I never looked back. I purchased the downloadable version of the book so had to print out the maps. If I had to do it over again, I'd probably opt for buying the printed book, but seeing how I was already on the trail hiking, I wasn't sure of lead times or where to have the book sent.
The maps are in color and have good detail. Waypoints are listed on the map. The great thing about the waypoints is they are labeled in a very straightforward and informative way. I could go on and on about this but would recommend folks visit the CDTA website and read the information on the waypoints, how they're labeled, etc. Once I started using this information, I never got "misplaced" nor did I ever wonder "where the heck am I?" I fully believe that once similar books/waypoints are published for the other CDT states, this will truly revolutionize the hiking of the CDT. I can't begin to count the number of times I lost the trail in NM, WY, ID and MT but never in CO. Jerry Brown and his crew have done one heck-of-a-job putting the information together for CO.
As an FYI, I'm using a Garmin 60CSx GPS unit and I found the waypoints for CO to be right on the money. Simply awesome. You can't go wrong purchasing the Mapbook and downloading the waypoints.
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> Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 09:58:52 -0600
> From: "Jon Pierson" <jon at cdtrail.org>
> Subject: [Cdt-l] New CO Mapbook Available from the CDTA
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> The CDTA has produced a new map book on the CO section of the CDT which
> is available for purchase at
> >From lulu.com:
> A gps enabled atlas of 88 full-color topographic maps for backpackers
> and hikers following The Continental Divide Trail as it winds through
> the mountains of Colorado. 1:36,000 scale maps show remarkable detail
> yet are smaller and lighter than conventional topo sheets. The trail
> data was gathered by hiking the entire route carrying professional grade
> gps equipment and is extremely accurate. Includes detailed user gps data
> with waypoints for critical turns, trailheads, water sources, and other
> notable features. Includes two expanded maps showing the trails for
> climbing Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive. This is the official map set of The
> Continental Divide Trail Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated
> to the Trail. All proceeds from this publication go to support the
> trail. 130 pages. 17.8 ounces. May be lightened by about 1/3rd by
> removing tables and carrying just the maps.
> Cost is $46.75 and eligible for free shipping through the above link.
> The book is also available for download for only $16.50 through the
> following link
> However, it is probably more cost effective to buy the book, because
> you'll go through 3 or more ink cartridges printing the whole thing.
> I haven't seen much talk about it on the server, and am curious if
> anyone has used it. I'd love to hear some feedback on people's
> experiences with the new guidebook!!
> - Jackalope
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