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Q&A In the United States, where would I find how a geological feature got its name?

In the US, there are plenty of interestingly named features along with lots of really repetitive ones. If I wanted to find out how a mountain/creek/river got its official name, where would I find ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Q&A Where can I find the data to turn topographical maps into STL files?

I am looking to 3d print some models of different places, it should be possible to take the same data that is used for making topographical maps and turn that into STL files which I can then 3d pri...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Topo map server out there somewhere?

It's winter. I daydream of trips in various areas. Using Google/Apple/Bing maps is frustrating. Openstreet has trails if you are near civilization, but names are weak. None of them have coordin...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Sherwood Botsford‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What advantage does the what3words coordinate system have over other, traditional systems?

I recently came across the what3words coordinate system in an outdoor magazine. The system divides the world into squares of 3 m x 3 m. Each square is then named with a combination of three (as far...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Snijderfrey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Would there be any practical uses of a geological map for a hiker/backpacker?

I just found that I can get free geological map overlays for Google Earth for all of the individual states in the United States from here. For instance, this is what a good deal of Yosemite Nation...

7 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A E-ink device with GPS for maps?

I've been using various map apps with offline storage on my smartphone(s) for several years now. The main problem with them is the battery drain. I've searched for e-ink devices with GPS but only f...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by JollyJoker‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A OS Map Symbols - Black Dots

Does anyone know what black dots mean on an OS Explorer map? There are a lot of them on the map of Kinder Scout in the Peak District (UK). I know the black dashed line is a footpath, I am asking ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by MJH‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Difference between a "path" and a "footpath"?

I was chacking a map to see access rights on a particular route I know. I was checking if a path was a bridleway or footpath as I know Mountain Bikes should only use bridleways. Studying the key cl...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Looking up fish species by body of water and vice versa

U.S. here (and specifically New York state but that's probably irrelevant). Is anyone aware of any websites, apps or DEC resources that allow you to look up what fish species live in any given lake...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by hotmeatballsoup‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Online maps of ski-tour trails of Italy (Aosta Valley, Cogne)?

For Austria but not Italy there is awesome http://bergfex.com, for Italian summer hiking but not winter ski-touring, https://opentopomap.org would do the job, but what about ski-touring in Italy? ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Ayrat‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Navigation device with offline maps and GPX support

I have a subscription service from komoot for maps. Is there any GPS device that supports offline maps and GPX, preferably with android OS integration. Example scenario would be: Use an android bas...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Mohammed Shameer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is this purple box symbol on an Ordance Survey map?

This symbol appears on a forest in an OS 1:50,000 Landranger map at SO 24799 27221. It doesn't appear in the map legend. It does not appear at the same point on the equivalent 1:25,000 Explorer map...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Darren‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there an easy way to remember if you add magnetic declination to magnetic bearings or true bearings?

For some reason, once in a while I get confused if you add magnetic declination to magnetic bearings to get true bearings, or if you add magnetic declination to true bearings to get magnetic bearin...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by RockPaperLizard‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Google Map Hiking Trail

What do the red and blue solid curves in this Google Map indicate? This is around Dachstein, Austria. Link: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Dachstein+Krippenstein+-+Dachstein+Tourismus+AG/Lodge+...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Nikhil‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Additional map source information for Willmore Wilderness Park in Alberta?

I currently have the Canada NTS 1:50,000 maps, and the 1990 revision of the complete park map. They don't agree on details, and so far the NTS maps have higher error rates. I also have a couple o...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Sherwood Botsford‭

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Q&A Taking and using bearings

How would I go about taking a compass bearing of a distant peak and then relate this to the information on a standard map?

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there US Forest Service maps of historical logging?

Some forests in the Western United States will have been logged at different times and by different methods i.e. clearcut vs selective logging. As time goes by, the trees will grow back but this r...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A "Official" providers of topographic maps per country

If I want to go to some contry, with no specific region in mind yet, I often have trouble to get good topographical information for hiking beforehand. I usually find it rather difficult to discove...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by phipsgabler‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why would one choose to use a Harvey map rather than an Ordnance Survey map?

My wife is due to under take her Lowland Leader course in then next couple of months and she has been advised to gain experience using Harvey Maps as well as the more familiar Ordnance Survey maps....

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by BWFC‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Free online UK maps

Can I view OS maps for the UK online for free? I want to see both the Landranger and Explorer maps if possible.

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by MJH‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A When using a compass, why not follow a degree mark without rotation?

Instead of taking a bearing the "official" way, why not just see what degree mark corresponds to on the direction I want to go (in real life or on a map), and follow that degree mark? That is, why ...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Steve‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A With what unit are river flow speeds indicated on the Genshtab Soviet military maps?

On the Genshtab (Генштаб) Soviet military maps, I can read that this ford through the stream Вертный has a stony bottom, a depth of at most 4 dm, and a width of 29 m (under typical circumstances)¹....

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Measuring actual distance walked on a map (Allowing for changes in height)

Following on from this question: How many calories does hiking burn? So in the same journey my girlfriends tracking app said we'd travelled 20km. Now this was based on us travelling on the flat, b...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How is elevation gain and change measured for hiking trails?

If a trail is listed as 1500m of elevation change, what exactly does that mean? For example, if the trail goes up 500m, then down 200m, then up 100m, then down 300m, then up 400m, is that consider...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by RockPaperLizard‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you access the back of a large paper map?

I have several paper Ordnance Survey maps, but I don’t know how to easily access the back of the sheet without ripping or damaging my map while trying to unfold a very large area of paper. Are ther...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Andy‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Finnish maps: bogs easy vs hard to traverse

Bogs on my Lemmenjoki and Hammastunturi map are marked as either easy or hard to traverse. What conditions should I expect from both terrain types in summer (mid August)? Does easy mean one can wal...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by robaki‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to find good hiking maps for the Laugavegur trail in Iceland?

I will be hiking the Laugavegur trail alone and have been looking for good hiking maps (1:50 000) online. My google searches yield no good results. Where do you even begin to look?

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Edza‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where can I find free electronic topographic map that cover the entire West Coast Trail in Canada?

Where can I find free electronic topographic map that cover the entire West Coast Trail in Canada? I'm trying to print them and bring them for my thru hike.

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by qazwsx‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Printable maps of the Tony Knowles coastal trail

The maps of the trail at http://anchoragecoastaltrail.com/index.php are not well suited for printing. Even the printable map is pretty much illegible. Are there perchance higher quality maps availa...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by neubert‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Finding user images based on keywords/tags and precise map location

For my holiday planning, I've been trying to perform what I thought was a simple task, but which turned out to be more complicated than I'd thought. For a given geographical location, defined eith...

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by z8080‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I view a route from a .kml file overlayed on an Ordnance Survey map?

I am taking part in a 100K event later this year, and the organizers have made available a .kml file of the route downloadable from here. This is great, but I want to view this route on a UK 1:2500...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by JamieA‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How would I find a hot spring?

I've been looking at a map of the hot springs in my state, and near my area there are 4 in a 60 mile range. These hot springs all are lined up in a straight line, and so my incredibly wishful think...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by ahota‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I use satellite images as hiking maps, how?

I tried to find topographic maps of my area in Brazil, but the best I could find is some 1:50000 map from 1983. My biggest need for a map (besides not getting lost) is avoiding private properties ...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Luiz Borges‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to take a bearing when the geographic coordinate grid is not aligned with true north on a map?

I am confused by my new map of the Westfjords of Iceland. The geographic coordinate grid is rotated slightly, but the map indicates that true north is still the top of the page. What's going on...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by gwg‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A New Zealand recommended hiking maps, books and other resources

Me and my girlfriend will go there in January and we plan on hiking for a week or so. Unfortunately there are no maps or books available for NZ hiking in my area. Could you recommend some for me? ...

8 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Paul Irofti‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are the orienteering marches popular in Germany?

I'm engaged in orienteering marches, which differ from sport orienteering: there is the time limit, where finishing before time gives no advantage to the participant, and the center is put on the d...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Danubian Sailor‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Orienteering skill organized trainings in Germany?

Are there any schoolings/trainings for orienteering skills in Germany? I hike during weekends, but mostly using GPS (geocaching) or using trails, so there's not much opportunity to fully train ori...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Danubian Sailor‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there an interactive map of skiing resorts with snow forecasts?

I'm hoping to find a spot that gets snow in March, where the temperature doesn't get above freezing during the day. I'd like to avoid the AM ice/PM slush conditions that occur in many places in th...

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by craig‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A GPS data management software

Is there any good software to manage GPS tracks and POI efficiently that you would recommend? My dream would be an offline computer based (macOS and Windows) software, with a modern GUI, which allo...

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Giomsen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Online website to track A.T. section hikes and overall progress?

It's always been a dream to thru-hike the A.T. but life is looking like I will not be able to tackle that until retirement. The doesn't mean that I cannot do sections of it as a day/weekend/week he...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by g19fanatic‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where can I get Tyvek maps?

I'd like to get some Tyvek maps, both topographical maps and regular street maps of a few U.S. cities. Where can I get these?

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Mr.Wizard‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I locate wilderness maps for specific countries or regions?

The Norwegian directorate for nature management publishes a map of wilderness showing how far away a particular area is from heavy technical interventions, such as roads, electricity lines, hydro l...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is an effective way to join a map that is printed on several sheets?

Whenever I had the chance to print a map on A3-sized sheets (11.69 x 16.53 inches) I usually just needed two sheets of that size for my whole planned trip, and most of the time it was fine enough t...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Dakatine‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Looking for a Topographical map resource?

Does anyone know of a good way to find topographical maps for either download or purchase?

8 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by mjrider‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to understand contour map and plan a possible trekking route using one such contour map?

I am planning for a trek in coming winters. Thats not a regular or a trodden trail, its more of an optimistic approach onto a mountain. All the information that I have says that I was never a route...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How did people make topographical maps in the pre-modern?

I've been getting into making maps with compass and a ruler and just triangulating positions of objects. I would like to start making topographical maps but how? How did they make them before the m...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by that guy‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A UTM Rulers for Odd Scales?

I have a Green Trails map at the scale 1:18,000 and a National Geographic map at the scale 1:35,000 and I can't find UTM corner rulers for either of them. Shouldn't maps from such popular map make...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Tyler V.‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is Gaia GPS inaccurate for distances?

In a previous question, I had asked for help in finding a GPS app with certain features. That led me to find Gaia GPS and it has been great, no complaints. However, I had a situation recently. I f...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Unknown Coder‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Most accurate way to judge distances traveled in a kayak?

I like to make maps in my kayak, so I need to know how far away I was from the last point, so the only way I know of is dead reckoning, and being in kayak its not that accurate. So my question is:...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by that guy‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Onlinetool to setup a track in a map and calculate the distance

Last Weekend I made a hiking trip. The coordinates and lakes we crossed I can piont on a map and now I am looking for a good onlinetool to put in the points I remember connect them and calculate th...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by kimliv‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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