AnswerID: 483970 Submitted: Monday, Apr 23, 2012 at 23:14
Member - Terra'Mer
I love paper maps and charts. Navigation is a serious interest of mine, both on land and at sea.
Chart programmes for shipping are great so long as the watchkeeper uses the charts correctly and only uses the electronic navigation system to compliment their own planning and plotting. I'm yet to try any kind of map programme on land. My GPS is solely for geocaching, not serious navigation.
Every trip starts with paper maps or charts, whether it be sailing, bushwalking, a road trip or an overseas adventure. They go with me everywhere, I feel like something is missing if I don't have a map.
On overseas trips I take a full scale map of each country I intend to visit and once in the country I buy more specific maps depending on what I plan to do.
I also use Lonely Planet guides which have adequate maps in them. I have been known to lug up to 5 of these guide books around at the same time on some trips (always budget backpacking) just to get the most out each country. They're great for getting you off the "beaten track" and immersed in the culture and landscape if the usual tourist haunts aren't your thing.
For the solo snowshoe trek across the Alps this winter I will be using mostly 25,000 scale topos for the 700kms with a few 30,000s and 50,000s. I have some 100,000s to see the bigger picture while planning bad weather alternative routes.
Planning the walk around Australia
I have a full set of Hema state maps (paper) which have enough detail for most places
. Some areas I have and will get smaller scale maps, eg, Cooktown
via Bloomfield Track
. I also have a large map of Australia
on my wall and spend a lot of time looking at it, reviewing the rural and outback extent of the campaign.
I have had a look at several online maps like google earth, bonzle and think I will be using OziExplorer
for planning camps but nothing beats a paper map.
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FollowupID: 759274 Submitted:
Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 at 13:48
Member - John and Val posted:
Like you we use paper maps a lot, especially in the planning stages, which is what I really wanted to discuss in this thread. On the other hand we have also found e-navigation, especially OziExplorer
to be a great asset when actually travelling.
They complement each other, with the big plus of a GPS system being able to know exactly where you are if and when the signposts run out. Yes I know you can work it out with paper maps and good map reading and navigation skills but,...its very easy to just see your location on the screen.
But it really puzzles me that increasing numbers of travellers seem to rely solely on e-mapping systems like Google maps or similar to plan their trips. It may be quick, but does it really offer the depth of detail to plan an extended trip?
BTW we are constantly amazed at how you get around - off to Alice, the Alps, around Oz. Do your legs ever get tired?
|J and V|
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."
- Albert Einstein
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