Posts Tagged ‘topo’

Annapolis Rocks

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Low miles and moderate elevation make this a popular weekend getaway for the Baltimore and DC crowd.  The rock outcrops offer a nice view and technical routes from 5.4 to 5.10+.  Camping is no longer permitted at the cliff top but several sites are available further back.  The trail, camp, and composting toilet are maintained by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.


Overnights in the Everglades

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

I’ve never been to the Everglades, but I have been on the water and I’ve been to a great many national parks.  I see a few variables that could throw my trip.  Windy days and the waves they create could keep me away from the coastal waters.  Interior rivers and creeks could be too low to traverse.  Lastly, I might not be able to get a permit for the camp sites I want.

So what’s a cartographer to do?  Plan several itineraries and make maps of course.  This map series uses NOAA Raster Charts as a base.  I overlayed the planned route, camp sites, and a 1k UTM grid for easier navigation.  Finally I exported the map as a PFD.  If you have the Terrago plugin for Acrobat, it will display the coordinates of your mouse in Lat/Lon and MGRS.

The routes and text for these two trips are courtesy of  I just placed them on the map.
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Between the storms, alligators, and mosquitoes I figure I have an 80% chance of surviving this trip.