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  1. gladecreekwy

    gladecreekwy Well-Known Member

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    https://www.fs.fed.us/ivm
    Don’t know where I saw this link. Apologies if it was on this site. It’s an interactive map to USFS campgrounds. Very handy to find booddocking type sites. Lots of info.
     
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    Thanks for posting that, I hadn't seen that link before. We do a lot of our camping in the USFS campgrounds.
     
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    Interesting, and a good overview of the NF land. Though, I wonder how useful it would be when riding around the NF out of internet range. For our money, there's nothing like paper maps. [:D]
     
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    We use actual maps when we're out and around, but this looks like it will be helpful as we plan trips.
     
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    Oh for sure. I was just thinking about people toodling around trying to find boondocking sites, thinking that this would be the only resource they need to have with them. :smiley:
     
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    Paper maps are the only way to explore national forest. People who blindly follow a GPS end up on television programs on the Weather channel. Some survive others do not.
     
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    Wasn’t really making a judgment on maps vs GPS. Just a cool site for trip planning. Lots of info. As far as paper maps and GPS I use both.
     
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    We use paper maps from the NFS and other groups who offer them. We've been in groups who proudly state "we can't get lost, I've got a garmin X,Y,Z model" A few hours later we were lost.....
     
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    As do I. I remember the old days of thumbing through a Gazateer to find that type of info. Thanks for sharing..
     
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    In the olden days.... as one of six siblings I used to read the paper maps while we were on long family trips in the Ford Country Sedan. I'd announce how many miles to the next town or intersection, and it kept me nice and busy for a while. And I learned how to read a map.
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    I learned to read road maps so young that I don't remember being taught how to do so. I assume it was yet another thing my folks did, and I learned it along with learning to read books, the paper, etc. Topo maps were part of science classes in junior high school, and geology in college, so when I moved West and began to hike, again, it was not a new language. We do use a GPS for hiking, but they certainly don't replace maps. I use maps, guide books, and information gleaned from the web, such as the USFS site under discussion, to form a picture in my head of where I'm going. One thing I've noticed through the years is that I also form a map in my head of an area, based on driving or hiking it. I'm sometimes surprised to refer to a map and find that things are closer than I think, or oriented slightly differently than I expect.
     
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    I'm still doing that :)...
     
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    The thing about GPS is just like paper maps you need to know how to use it. What gets folks into trouble around here is they sometimes ignore the ground truth if it conflicts with the GPS. Paper maps are not always correct either, especially when it comes to roads, junctions etc. I’ve been using the phone app GPS Gaia for the past two years and I really like it. I can download maps at home and use it offline. Has worked well it some very remote areas of Wyoming and S Utah. Best $20 I’ve spent in a while.
     
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    Love the prices at the national forest, but most of the camping areas near me are only open during hunting season. There are a couple withing an hour or so that are open outside of hunting season. The sites are first come first serve so I don't want to have to travel too far. The closest one only has nine sites, vault toilets, water available in day use area, and opens May 1st. The other has 23 sites, central water, restrooms (type not listed), and and season is listed as now open.
     
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    Funny, when my wife and I go on long road trips and she drives, I follow on the map. I can't help it, drives her nuts when I take on the role of announcer.
     
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    Something that I taught myself to do is read coordinates on a map atlas.
    i then use my GPS to verify the location I want to go to. A compass comes in handy also.
     
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    This is a pretty old thread..... We do like the modern driving direction software that's now offered. The on the talks to you as you drive down the road. Off road, we still use map and compass. No batteries to die. I'll not get into the "iron in the earth" problem we have in some area's....
     
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    My boys learned to read maps by telling me how far it was to the next rest area. Seems like one of them always had to go. Both of them use maps in their jobs now.
     
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