Most walkers like maps. Well, those who like to know where they are and where they’re going, anyway… But I bloody well adore maps!
I spent most of yesterday printing out the maps for WeeWillyWilky and me for the Challenge. (Well, when not watching the rugby.) A huge amount of care goes into this, as it’s good to have each day’s route on one sheet of A4 print-out. That way the map can be slipped neatly into an Ortleib A5 document pouch, which rolls away nicely into a chest pocket in either your fleece or jacket. I cannot abide map cases slung about my neck that get thrashed about by the wind.
I annotate each day’s map with positions of bothies, escape routes and foul weather alternatives and any other useful bit of information that I think might be handy (pubs, cafes, bunkhouses etc) I also print out my 1:50’s at a vastly smaller scale so that nearest roads / railways are shown in case of emergency. It’s never great to be in the middle of sod-all with just squiggly brown lines on your maps if all of a sudden you need to get help. You need to know in which direction to strike out for assistance, so I always carry my overview maps with me. I learned this after one particularly embarrassing episode quite a few years back when we wandered off our print-outs, inadvertently!
One of the great features of mapping software is the ability to take a 3D view and actually fly-through your route. Here’s a peek at the chunk of the afternoon on Day 8.
CLICKABLE 3D VIEW
Anyway, a complete set of maps is now winging it’s way to Wilkinsod, all numbered sequentially, with the route in garish fluorescent colours and notes all over the shop.
A labour of love!