Topo Map Set v1.1 almost ready

We’re burning the midnight blubber over here, putting the finishing
touches on an updated GET Map CD. This version – updated for all of
Arizona – features quite a few mods and improvements over the original
“v1.0” maps, including:

* A mile-by-mile correlation with the online guidebook descriptions
(chapters 1-18: Arizona)
* Depictions of recent changes/improvements to the route alignment, as
reflected in the guide
* Full map coverage of alternate routes, including the Aravaipa Canyon
bypass (Seg 6-7), Turkey Creek and Buford Hill detours (Seg 8), each
of which travels a fair ways off the main route (and its map coverage)
* New, 5-digit waypoint naming convention. Waypoints are listed on the
maps by name only (eg, 01050 for segment 1, 5th waypoint in sequence,
or 10230 for segment 10, 23rd waypoint), which is the same convention
used in the guidebook descriptions. Actual waypoints are listed in
separate files on the CD, referenced to name. The files can be printed
and carried in the field, or uploaded to GPS. (Why leave the actual
waypoints off the maps? Mostly to avoid the clutter and the obscuring
of base map info.)
* Inclusion of go-to-map references at map edges. This feature should
make it much easier to figure out which map the route continues onto,
whether heading eastbound or westbound along the route. Easier,
because the route doesn’t always head precisely east or west (not even
close)! Each map is numbered in series, same as always, but now you’ll
be able to progress with confidence through the map printouts, easily
picking up on the next map where the last one left off.

The v1.1 Topo Map Set CD is updated for all of Arizona, as well as the
first ~10 miles of New Mexico from the AZ/NM line to the town of
Glenwood. This coverage corresponds to guidebook chapters 1-18. The
remainder of the route in New Mexico is only minimally updated in this
version, and is otherwise the same as that shown on the v1.0 maps.
Still, it should be field-worthy, and in experienced hands can be used
without guidebook accompaniment. A subsequent version – v2.0 – will be
available upon the completion of the guidebook, and will be uniformly
updated for the entire route of the GET. (Look for v2.0 hopefully over
the summer.)

Anyone who has previously ordered the original map CD can order the
new maps at no additional cost. (Look for a separate ‘Add to Cart’
button on the product page at http://www.simblissity.net) Anyone who’s
ordered the CD recently – thanks for your patience as we prepare to
send the new version to you instead. Also, a few original CD owners
have been in recent contact and we’ve promised to mail you the new CD
when ready – no need for you to order it through the website.

Watch for an update here on the forum when the new map CD is available.

Now back to the cartographer’s cubicle… 🙂

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