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Old 08-23-2013, 09:54 AM   #1
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War Room Maps

Going to be picking up a couple large Wall Maps for the shop aka War Room for planning out next years adventures and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations?

So far I've been eyeing this place as I can go state by state, country by country or even by continent.: http://www.mapsales.com/internationa...spx?flag=image

I dunno....there's just something about having a big giant map hanging there to keep reminding you why you're out there in the cold, skinning your knuckles on stuborn bolts and otherwise putting up with winter

Looking forward to late night sessions with friends going over the options!
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:14 PM   #2
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I like wall maps, as art more than to be useful.

I think you are overthinking this. A wall map does not show enough detail to be of any use for anything for any trip (I have 3 foot by 5 foot wall maps for several states that I like to look at but they dont show shit).
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:43 PM   #3
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You may have a point.... But I was thinking of using them more for "blue sky" sessions over beers.

I'd get more detailed maps for real planning.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:11 PM   #4
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hey amigo, have you consider e-planning? google maps, or the stuff I use MS street and trips! very cool for North America, (better for US and Canada)

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Old 08-30-2013, 05:53 PM   #5
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Definitely thought of using Google maps for some recon work, but for more remote trails or something like the CDT, I think I'd need to get a hold of an actual map OR go to a dedicated GPS mapping system.... not there yet. Gonna be looking at whats on offer over the winter.
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:09 PM   #6
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wall maps

ya I thought wall map, but like others have said NO DETAIL, COST"S A LOT
so what I thought about is a projector hooked up to my computer and shine it up on the wall but my big screen works well too.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:08 PM   #7
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USGS topo maps make great wallpaper AND have all the detail you need for the area you wanna explore. not cheap, but hey, nothing worthwhile is!
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:03 AM   #8
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I hear ya. Big Map. Birds eye overview. Wrenchin' and dreamin'.

When I went to Mexico I bought an atlas and then copied it at a photoshop. I then pieced it together on a wall. Orange, green and yellow marker trails all over it. I let it hang for several yrs after the trip. I thought it was cool.
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:19 PM   #9
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I like big wall maps for general planning of trips. For when the ideas just begin to form. Then its off to the 'puter for the details. I am trying to not get quite as caught up in the details. I get way too hung up on the details and lse sight of the real intent of the trip.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:11 AM   #10
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There are various motorcycle maps out there. It depends on where you're planning to go.

I tour from Calgary through the western States and BC. The best maps I know of are from Butler Maps. They cover MT, ID, WY, UT, CO, N and S CA. Destination Highways has good maps for BC and WA. There are other motorcycle maps I don't like as much and I'm sure some I'm not aware of. Apart from that, I can only suggest you look for a good road map. There are good large scale maps for Canada from MapArt online and in many gas stations.

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Old 09-15-2013, 01:10 PM   #11
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I have two thoughts for maps and such, though not for the wall.
1. Benchmark map books are really good.
2. PDF-maps app for apple and droid(which is coming soon). This app works great. All forest service travel maps are available for free. Not only that, we just figured out you can download all sorts of topos through the PDF-maps app.

Very cool.
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I have two thoughts for maps and such, though not for the wall.
1. Benchmark map books are really good.
2. PDF-maps app for apple and droid(which is coming soon). This app works great. All forest service travel maps are available for free. Not only that, we just figured out you can download all sorts of topos through the PDF-maps app.

Very cool.
Hmmm...very interesting. I'll have to keep an eye out for the android version....
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:52 PM   #13
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I only use the big overview maps anymore for dreaming or planing, there is always one or two must see's on my list,
but how I get there I don't have a clue...
My first big loop through Mexico, 38 days, was planed very carefully, where, when, how many nights... that lasted one day
some of the locals said don't go there, over there is better, and when I got there, just sort of followed my nose and let the locals sort of steer me down the road... I'd get up planing on a 300 mile day... right... 60 miles down the road, riding day is over, gotta check this out....etc..etc.. been doing it that way ever since.. and wouldn't change a thing...
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:14 AM   #14
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...Yeah I here ya on the plan going out the window as soon as you get on the ground. I don't really like travelling with a detail itinarary as it feels scripted. I much prefer getting out there and exploring and basically winging it.
That said, I like to have as good idea as is realistically possible about the lay of the land before I get somewhere as it gives me a sense of well being when heading somewhere unknown.

For me personally, that could mean being familiar with the major routes in and out of a certain area, having camp/fuel stops mapped out in the gps or even just major landmarks. But this is all finer details that get worked out with smaller, more detailed maps.

Im thinking more along the lines of, You find out about something cool and you put a "X" on the big map, and so on and then maybe a basic idea of route starts to emerge.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:16 AM   #15
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There is a map hanging in my room, about 3 feet x 5 feet, of the United States. I use tacks and sharpie's to mark it up of where I want to go etc. I got it from staples for like 5 bucks. I too love maps. Anytime I see one in a book it draws my attention. It must be something about the perspective and overview of such an area.
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