[cdt-l] To ask the obvious

Ginny & Jim Owen spiritbear2k at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 5 22:11:14 CST 2006

Jonathan's maps are great, but we didn't find that they were sufficient for 
our hike.  I still think that carrying larger scale maps (National Forest, 
BLM, TI maps) is necessary for navigation on the CDT.  There are so many 
side roads and trails that just don't show on Jonathan's maps - or that you 
can't see where they end up.  If you get off track, it is really nice to 
know that the jeep track you are on connects to another jeep track that you 
can take to get back to the trail.  If you need to bail because of weather, 
injury or fire, having the larger map can be a necessity to see alternative 

Since the NF maps aren't topographic, Jonathan's maps were a real help.  
However, my eyes had a hard time picking up a lot of the detail since we 
printed on 8.5 x 11 paper rather than legal size.   I would definitely 
recommend carrying them, but I also recommend carrying other maps as well.



>From: Mike DiLorenzo <dilorenz at hotmail.com>
>Reply-To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
>To: <cdt-l at backcountry.net>
>Subject: [cdt-l] To ask the obvious
>Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 03:13:32 +0000
>...But what's wrong with Jonathan's maps?  Why can't they be used for the 
>purpose of "defining" the CDT on a Federal Level?  I know this is a naive 
>question, which a bureaucratic answer, but CDT hikers since 2001 have been 
>walking the length of the CDT navigating by these maps with great success.  
>Again, I know this is naive, and yet it isn't.  Maps exist of the trail.
>Perhaps Bruce can comment on this?
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