[Cdt-l] Cdt-l Digest, Vol 6, Issue 17

Alistair and Gail Des Moulins aandg at telusplanet.net
Mon Mar 24 15:14:09 CDT 2008

  Some details on Jonathan's maps are hard to read when printed on regular 
sized paper. So we carried a small magnifying glass to aid us see details of 
the contours and other information. On many occasions we needed to ensure we 
were still on route. An altimeter and the magnifying glass to see the map 
details were very valuable at times.
  In New Mexico we used the maps in the CDTA guidebook in conjunction with 
forest service maps for the Black Range and for the alternative routes 
through El Malpais as in 2006 Jonathan did not have maps for those areas on 
his CD. The maps in the CDTA books are not detailed and are not really 
adequate for following the route.
  In other areas we only bought and carried the forest service maps when we 
heard of there being a fire closure ahead. This enabled us to find 
alternative routes round the fire perimeter. We carried the road map of the 
appropriate state in case we'd have to leave the trail unexpectedly.
  We expect to back on the trail between late July and mid October this year 
doing the section from Steamboat Springs, CO to Grants, NM which we did not 
hike in 2006.


 > Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 13:01:47 -0400
> From: Jim and/or Ginny Owen <spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] Cdt-l Digest, Vol 6, Issue 16
> To: debi vinson <debins97214 at yahoo.com>, <cdt-l at backcountry.net>
> Message-ID: <BAY115-W53843C50B7AF989F4D6266A0FD0 at phx.gbl>
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> The maps can be hard to read when printed on regular sized paper.  That's 
> one of the reasons we also used the forest maps etc. in conjunction with
> Jonathan's maps on our hike. Also some of the side roads and trails are 
> not shown on his maps, so if you get off track or want to choose another 
> route
> (i.e. to avoid the Knife Edge in Colorado) you really need the maps that 
> show clearly what other trails and roads are out there.   We used his maps 
> happily,
> but there were times that the other maps were essential as well.
> The main value of Jonathan's maps, IMO, are the trail notes.  They 
> describe obscure turns and places where people got lost and a few water 
> sources
> that aren't in the guidebooks yet.  I found that helpful.  The topographic 
> information was also helpful in areas where the NF maps didn't show 
> contour
> lines -- but that information is also in the Wolf guidebooks.  (One of the 
> things I liked about the guidebooks was that every elevation change over 
> 50'
> was shown in the data section at the back of each chapter.)
> Ginny
> http://www.spiriteaglehome.com/
> Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 08:51:41 -0700From: debins97214 at yahoo.comTo: 
> cdt-l at backcountry.netSubject: Re: [Cdt-l] Cdt-l Digest, Vol 6, Issue 16
> Help!! Does anyone know if the Ley maps ( 8x10 ) elevation notations are 
> suppose to be hard to read? We are considering  printing ( 11x17 )$$$$!!! 
> sized maps inorder to see the maps better.  Any ideas?  Am i just getting 
> old? Is anyone else having these issues?
> Any input would be valuable
> Thanks,
> LF cdt 

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