War Room Maps

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Jbone11 11, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. Jbone11 11

    Jbone11 11 Been here awhile

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    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/international-wall-maps.aspx?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:deal

    Looking forward to late night sessions with friends going over the options!
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  2. Flashmo

    Flashmo Whatever...

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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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  3. Jbone11 11

    Jbone11 11 Been here awhile

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    You may have a point....:hmmmmm But I was thinking of using them more for "blue sky" sessions over beers.:evil

    I'd get more detailed maps for real planning.
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  4. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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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)

    Damasovi
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  5. Jbone11 11

    Jbone11 11 Been here awhile

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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.:evil
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  6. dutchjohn

    dutchjohn Adventure Touring

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    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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  7. bikerfish

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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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  8. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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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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  9. oldNbold

    oldNbold Been here awhile

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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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  10. Scott_F

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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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  11. hayduke.klr07

    hayduke.klr07 Been here awhile

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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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    Jbone11 11 Been here awhile

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    Hmmm...very interesting. I'll have to keep an eye out for the android version....:evil
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  13. going south

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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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    Jbone11 11 Been here awhile

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    :lol3...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.:evil
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  15. tlmaffucci

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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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    I have used maps.com no problems on delivery or choice.

    Garry
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  17. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    Pick out your destination and plan your route every morning.
    Do not be on a schedule.
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  18. b1pig

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    i like the idea. i have 5 maps of the Moab area on my wall. it brings attention to my love of the area.

    i would go with a simple US map. my father in law has on in his computer room. he used it for basic reference when he had a flight coming up. used pins and string to reflect his intended flight plan. a sort of fail safe for my mother in law, should he fly out and not report back.

    when the time comes and i can make the long road trips, i do plan a similar thing. large map, either by state, region or US, then area maps to give specific info on local routes or hazards.

    my Moab maps are the NatGeo maps from one of the local adventure shops. they are scaled maps with grid reference and are useful for both gps and compass navigation... which i did both of while out on the trails in my Jeep back in 2006. the routes i took are highlighted, as are the routes that i intended to take... but did not get the chance to.
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  19. Pangia

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    I bought two of these Benchmark Atlas books,

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/listing/2690256483047?r=1&cm_mmca2=pla&cm_mmc=GooglePLA-_-Book_15To24-_-Q000000633-_-2690256483047

    removed the staples and taped the pages together. I now have a GIANT wall map of Colorado with great detail. It did help me plan my off road trip, however, I will admit (in hindsight) that the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Map by Butler, had enough detail for what I did. If you want every possible jeep trail option, then taping together a Benchmark Atlas will give you the detail and big-picture overview. Oh - I forgot to mention, we also have a ping-pong table we don't use anymore...I used that as my map table.

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  20. L.B.S.

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    Another Wall Map afflicted soul, here. :D

    Most of the walls in my apartment have maps taped up on them, bristling with coloured push pins showing where I've been, where I want to go, potential interests, etc.

    A lot of the times I will put up some of the well worn and much scribbled on/used to funnel gas through, tank bag maps that I used during a trip, as a fond memory kinda thing.

    These maps aren't for in depth metre by metre GPS accurate trail traversing, but simply a big picture overview down to the 4x4 roads and FSR/Logging roads scale. Many a pleasant cup of tea consumed with schemes and dreams, planned on cold winter nights.

    I do have a fairly highly detailed photocopy jigsaw puzzle pastiche that I made up from one of the "Backroad Maps" covering several square feet nearly floor to ceiling in the hallway, though, lol... :deal
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