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Old 03-08-2018, 06:24 AM
 
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Colorado Springs map provider closing after 40 years | Colorado Springs Gazette, News

This makes me sad. I love this store and I love paper maps and atlases. But, I don't need a new map every day and times are changing. I guess it is a testament that they were the last surviving map store in the entire state....
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Old 03-08-2018, 11:10 AM
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Location: Manitou Springs
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I love maps too, but haven't been to that store in a long while (all my maps are rather dog-eared).

That is sad news. But it's surprising they were able to hang on for as long as they did.
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Old 03-08-2018, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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When I first moved to Colorado Springs, I bought all the topo maps.

I still have them and they are still accurate. I do know how to navigate with a compass and a topo map; I learned that in Boy Scouts many years ago.

I could buy a Garmin navigator, but I'd never want to be dependent on batteries. However, most people now use electronic navigation.

Mac Van filled a niche, but technology has replaced them. I guess there are no typewriter shops left as well.
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Old 03-08-2018, 05:43 PM
 
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Yeah I guess I'm old school like you - I still prefer paper maps. Even if I get them online and print them out.
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Old 03-08-2018, 11:12 PM
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Location: Manitou Springs
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When I first moved to Colorado Springs, I bought all the topo maps.

I still have them and they are still accurate. I do know how to navigate with a compass and a topo map; I learned that in Boy Scouts many years ago.

I could buy a Garmin navigator, but I'd never want to be dependent on batteries. However, most people now use electronic navigation.

Mac Van filled a niche, but technology has replaced them. I guess there are no typewriter shops left as well.
Personally, I never minded getting a little lost.
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Old 03-09-2018, 06:29 AM
 
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Personally, I never minded getting a little lost.
Depends on the definition of 'lost' for me. If that just means 'not on a trail' but you still understand your location relative to various features like a trail, road, compass points, key landmarks, etc., yeah I think that is generally fine as long as you're being careful about not getting yourself into terrain you can't back out of if necessary. For driving, again the key is being able to back yourself out if necessary - but having just a vague idea of how the roads may connect up or line up is sometimes fine, especially when you're in a place where there are plenty of options.
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Old 03-09-2018, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Great thing about topo maps is while mankind may add roads, buildings, and malls, overall the geography does not radically change. I've got topo maps of the whole state from I25 west that I purchased back in the '80s. They are still fine and useful for navigation off pavement.

Yes, paper maps are a niche. One that may still need to be filled, but sadly, no longer by a local supplier.
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Old 03-09-2018, 06:37 PM
 
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I love maps -- no not digital readouts, but updated versions of the USGS 7.5 minute topo maps. Periodically, some of these maps actually get updated, fact-checked, etc. as the USGS employs new mapping technologies.

It cost me about 35.00, but I have one fantastic 7.5m topo map of the Rio Chama wilderness (Northern New Mexico). I got it from mytopo.com. If you are going to (or plan to?) extensively explore an area, you can afford a really good durable topo map, printed on waterproof paper. We can't afford to be seriously lost, even with a PLB (= personal locator beacon) device. To scramble SAR is really expensive, and even if the state bears most the cost . . .

I am glad that at least Colorado still has a mapping company in business -- Latitude 40o maps: https://www.latitude40maps.com/

For those CO residents (which I am not . . . yet), do you still find these Latitutde 40o maps useful? I am quite interested in buying some.
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Old 03-09-2018, 07:33 PM
 
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I love maps -- no not digital readouts, but updated versions of the USGS 7.5 minute topo maps. Periodically, some of these maps actually get updated, fact-checked, etc. as the USGS employs new mapping technologies.

It cost me about 35.00, but I have one fantastic 7.5m topo map of the Rio Chama wilderness (Northern New Mexico). I got it from mytopo.com. If you are going to (or plan to?) extensively explore an area, you can afford a really good durable topo map, printed on waterproof paper. We can't afford to be seriously lost, even with a PLB (= personal locator beacon) device. To scramble SAR is really expensive, and even if the state bears most the cost . . .

I am glad that at least Colorado still has a mapping company in business -- Latitude 40o maps: https://www.latitude40maps.com/

For those CO residents (which I am not . . . yet), do you still find these Latitutde 40o maps useful? I am quite interested in buying some.
Never heard of them. There are other map makers around just not with store fronts etc. anymore. For example, I use the Pikes Peak Atlas extensively, and also the entire Pocket Pals trail maps series, and there are a few others out there too....
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:02 AM
 
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We were in the Lost Creek Wilderness and my father-in-law with his Garmin. We wanted to head back to the car but my spatial awareness told me one way, and his Garmin said another. Happily he listened to me as we made it back to the car :P
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