WATERPROOF TOPOGRAPHIC MAPS
Paper maps are fading fast. Literally, disappearing into landfills, campfires or into the archives of map collectors. Digital maps have totally taken over our lives and you'll be hard pressed to find a decent printed local area hiking map when traveling small towns inside California.
Keep in mind that many of the middle-of-nowhere, back road destinations we feature on Total Escape do not receive adequate cell phone service, much less a wireless, high speed, digital network. So plan accordingly.
Old timers, frequent travelers and experienced outdoor folks still want the hard copy - a real map!
Waterproof and tear resistant plastic maps are now common.
Tom Harrison was one if the first to offer quality plastic hiking maps. All the NatGeo map titles are 2-sided, full color and plastic. USDA has slowly been transitioning their National Forests maps to plastic maps over the past few years. California Wilderness area maps are only about half available. Polypropylene / recyclable is the main emblem on the back side.
new release 2014:
Both Plumas and Tahoe National Forest are now available in plastic.
The only California National Forest map left in paper is Eldorado, which is now outta stock for 2014.
NOTE: With recent economic cut backs from government, some map titles that may have been available in plastic in the recent past are now being printed in a paper version.