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Re: [ft-l] FTA Maps

My major complaints are twofold:
 First there is no book of maps, who hasn't spent many a pleasant hour with
maps of areas that you have never been to. Thinking about and planning
future trips. Now you'd have to decide that you want to get a specific map
and order it before you can even look. Until I see the map who can decide
where they want to hike?

Secondly, you don't stock maps at the FTA office. Now I can't run by and
pick up maps before a spur of the mommnet trip. This I'm sure is of less
importance to folks who live at a distance from the office.

----- Original Message -----
> > Deb,
> > I was very very disappointed in the FT maps for these reasons:
> > 1. In the past, one could buy the guidebook, which included maps and
> > for not too much money.  Now, to buy all that information, i.e. all the
> maps,
> > costs an incredible amount of money.  I would prefer that there were an
> option
> > of getting the new maps and data in black and white on plain paper for a
> > reasonable cost, as in the past, for those who cannot afford the
> high-priced
> > stuff.
> > 2. Related to number 1, you can't fold the maps and put them in your
> pocket.
> > The option of plain paper copies would solve this.  They can be coated
> make
> > them waterproof, but still foldable and write-on-able.  I do coat a lot
> my
> > maps.
> > 3. With all the maps in the same "ratio" (can't think of the proper
> > the smallish loop trails with a lot of twists and turns and loops are
> shown
> > in enough detail.  I was dismayed with the way the Phipps Park map ("my"
> trail)
> > turned out.
> > Bottom line is that I may buy a couple of the FT maps for my local area,
> > for "sentimental" reasons but I'm grateful not to be thruhiking and
> to buy
> > all of them.  I know a bunch of people put in a lot of hours on this
> project, and
> > I'm sorry to have be so negative.  But I think they should have been
> printed on
> > waterproof paper (like the Appalachian Trail maps) instead of being
> > plasticized things.  And they cost too much. I am a real map "nut" and
> collect
> > ones for trails I may never hike. But I won't be buying the FTA maps,
> that
> > makes me very sad indeed.
> > Good things: 1. color, 2. topo details.
> > Thanks for asking.
> > "Earthworm"
> >
> > > So I would like to ask the list - What do you like about the maps?
> do
> > > you not like about the maps?  If we were to change the maps, what
> be
> > > done differently?  What things should we retain?  Please be honest and
> > > specific.
> >
> > Linda L. Patton, Reference Librarian, Strozier Library, Florida State
> Univ.
> >       Tallahassee, FL 32306-2047 (850)644-5019 lpatton@mailer.fsu.edu
> >           "A world without wilderness is a cage." -- David Brower
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> >
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