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dave p
(hipass) - F

Locale: Los Angeles
MAPS and getting smaller customized ones on 05/19/2013 01:16:11 MDT Print View

I need a map of big pine lakes and kearsarge pass so at rei they have the Harrison maps(seki map) but i only need an 8x8 section of it at most and this map is 24x36.Every time you pull this map out you have to unfold it several times and that gets old not too mention the wear and tear.
The other issue is that my 2 areas of interest are both on the edges at opposite ends of this map.A lot of stuff north and south of the areas of interest are cut off.Is there an online service where you can choose your destination and then print it out?


Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: MAPS and getting smaller customized ones on 05/19/2013 02:08:43 MDT Print View

I made you a map of Big Pine Lakes. I use Nat Geo Topo but I'm sure there are free options out there.
Click on the download link in the upper right corner.

I don't know where Kearsarge Pass is. I searched for it in the program but couldn't find it. Could you give the name of a peak or lake that is near Kearsarge Pass?

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: MAPS and getting smaller customized ones on 05/19/2013 04:09:31 MDT Print View

Type it in or to find Kearsarge Pass. You could make your own map at or buy one from

Edited by jshann on 05/19/2013 04:13:59 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: MAPS and getting smaller customized ones on 05/19/2013 12:06:02 MDT Print View

"I don't know where Kearsarge Pass is."

Onion Valley is the name of the campground at the end of the road west of Independence. The trail from there goes west to Kearsarge Pass, where it enters the national park.


dave p
(hipass) - F

Locale: Los Angeles
X on 05/19/2013 12:39:48 MDT Print View

THANKS JOSH and John.The Hillmap/my topo/cal topo is super-duper.

Hamish McHamish
(El_Canyon) - M

Locale: USA
big maps on 05/19/2013 20:00:55 MDT Print View

Another option is to take the map to an office supply store like Staples. Have them scan it in 11x17 pieces to your thumb drive in JPG format at high resolution. Archive those files on your computer, then on your computer take a copy of a file and manipulate it with your graphics program of choice. Print out a section as needed for your trip.

I've done this with some of the big NatGeo maps. I use other resources (TOPO and for most mapping but sometimes I need data that's only (easily) available on the NatGeo map.

Maps on 05/19/2013 20:44:54 MDT Print View

Am I going to seem really old if I suggest just photocopying the bit you want and sticking it in a ziploc bag?

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
cut it on 05/19/2013 21:14:03 MDT Print View

I just take some scissors and cut them up, then fold it up and put it in my pocket...
simple, low tech is sometimes the best...

I have all the Harrison maps of the sierra and have cut them down into more manageable sections. If you really study them chances are you will find like I did that they cut up into quite logical smaller sections that will cover most trips that you are likely to do


Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: MAPS and getting smaller customized ones on 05/19/2013 22:32:48 MDT Print View

Go the USGS Website and download the maps you need. These are the official US Government topographical maps and they are free. Use software to crop what you need.