Maps – Paper Ones!

I was talking about GPS devices and how they make maps obsolete, but do they? As friend, trekker and mountaineer Harry ‘Pikkie’ Loots points out, when out in the wilderness, be sure to take your maps and compass along. Sometimes you’re not connected to anything, you only have what you brought.

I love maps. Here are some of mine – about 70 of them here:

Those three Drakensberg maps are 1:50 000 and made of waxed paper so they can survive some soggy weather. Some of the others are plastic laminated, so even more waterproof.

I thought I’d compare my Drakensberg map of the chain ladder to what I could find online. Actually, you can get far more detail online! Here’s a snapshot of the chain ladder area:

– WAY more detail! You can even see the footpath above and below the ladder! –

So it would pay to search the area you’re going to beforehand and capture and print some detail to supplement your maps.

Still love maps!