Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dated: Nat Geo Launched a Free Website for Printing Detailed Topographical Maps

Via Iver 


The folks at National Geographic just did a solid favor for all the adventurous outdoor photographers out there. They put every US Geological Survey (USGS) topographical map from across the United States on one easy-to-navigate site and made them easy to print out at home.

If you’ve ever gone hunting topo maps via the USGS, you know that it can be a bit of a pain because, not only is finding the quad you’re looking for more difficult, the PDFs they have available aren’t formatted for standard printer paper.

The National Geographic website solves both of these issues. First, the homepage greets you with a searchable, interactive map: all you have to do is search for or zoom in on the area you’re looking for. Then, once you find your quad, just click on it and a printable PDF loads right up.

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  1. There's already a free app for that (several actually). I have been using it for years to hike with.

  2. I printed off several of these maps before I went on vacation in the mountains of SW Colorado last year. I still wound up driving off the map, and didn't know where the trail would come out until I got to the end of it. It was an adventure, for sure. The irony is that the trail was called, "Lost Trail". I was lost, all right.

    This app looks promising:

    It is supposed to work even without a cell signal, which is most places I like to travel.

    1. The irony is that the trail was called, "Lost Trail". I was lost, all right.

      :)& thanks for the link though I haven't been able to open it yet.

  3. This is very nice, ty.

    One fear I have of the Internet is we'll lose these skilled map makers. If everything is free, who will develop the new things?

    And often the "free" things come with trade offs like information harvesting. Purism (which is heavily Democrat leaning) linked this recently:


      Never fails.

    2. Thanks.