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A few links for free BLM and TOPO maps

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posted on Apr, 17 2014 @ 02:05 PM
Everyone needs Maps.
TOPO maps gave you an idea of the terrain your heading into.
BLM maps show you if the land is state, federal or privately owned.
Yes I have a pocket GPS but I like my paper maps for that broader view and route planning.
And for gods sakes learn to use and Old Fashioned Compass...
just a couple weeks back here in Colorado we had a doctor separate from his group, got turned around and lost, walked right off the side of a cliff. If only he had a compass. But if your too cheap to buy one
How to Use an Analog Watch as a Compass

Colorado BLM
New Mexico

USGS Map Locator

All U.S. Garmin Compatible Maps

Edit to add: Web Site on how to read a topo map
edit on 17-4-2014 by HardCorps because: Added link

posted on Apr, 17 2014 @ 02:34 PM
reply to post by HardCorps

What a helpful post this is! I didn't know about the watch tip, so have bookmarked it as I still have an analogue watch. A French expression when someone falls out of his tree is that he has lost the North.

Thanks also for the topographical links. I always go looking for these when there are storms, eq's, landslides, etc. I can only give you one star and flag, but I hope some Mod will give you some applause for this as it could save lives.

posted on Apr, 18 2014 @ 10:57 AM
a reply to: aboutface

Glad you found them useful.
These days a lot of folks overlook the usefulness of topo maps.
sure GPS tells ya to turn left here and right there, but a topo map lets you know what your getting into before you get there. It might start off as a nice dry road but come to an abrupt end at a swampy bog or impassable rock wall.

Maybe a bit old fashioned in this day an age but still damn handy to have.

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