I have heard that many people have hiked the trail without maps and that other maps are close to worthless. Is there a set of maps that are more useful then others or any recommendations? I donít plan to use the maps except in case of an emergency or help find a town if needs be to get supplies.
Also, as far as the guide books go which are the best to take from practical standpoint and did you cut and paste out the information from them to save weight? How often did you use the guide books on the trail too?