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    Default Is there a map/data combo to be found?

    Last year I hiked part of TN/ NC border and used the official AT Conservancy maps + the Data book. I met several people who had printed off information for their section that included both map (with elevation info) as well as Data (water sources/food resupply/etc). I wish I had written down what it was they had!!!!

    Now that I'm planning this year's trip, I can't seem to find any such electronic source. I just downloaded the 2011 Thru Hiker's Companion and am bitterly disappointed about this $8 purchase. Plenty of info but no map. Maybe I'm cheap... it just seems like there has got to be a more efficient way of selling this information. Must I carry a map and book!?!?!?!?

    Anyone have any insight?

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    OK, in one last attempt, I looked on Amazon.com and found the "AT Guide" by David Miller. I think this is what I saw people carrying!

    Any advice? Do you find this to be just as helpful as the official plastic maps as far as shelters/elevation/water source/resupply goes?

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    There is no map/guidebook combo. The AT guide has profile sheets on each page of the guidebook. Looks kind of like a map, but it is NOT a map; it's just a profile of elevation gain/loss, period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilroo View Post
    Last year I hiked part of TN/ NC border and used the official AT Conservancy maps + the Data book. I met several people who had printed off information for their section that included both map (with elevation info) as well as Data (water sources/food resupply/etc). I wish I had written down what it was they had!!!!

    Now that I'm planning this year's trip, I can't seem to find any such electronic source. I just downloaded the 2011 Thru Hiker's Companion and am bitterly disappointed about this $8 purchase. Plenty of info but no map. Maybe I'm cheap... it just seems like there has got to be a more efficient way of selling this information. Must I carry a map and book!?!?!?!?

    Anyone have any insight?
    That's actually kind of cheap for a guidebook, most cost more than that, not counting the ATC's Databook, which I believe is around $5, but has far less data than all the other guidebooks.

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    Can y'all please stop with this argument? This thread is seriously ruining my enjoyment of WB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilroo View Post
    OK, in one last attempt, I looked on Amazon.com and found the "AT Guide" by David Miller. I think this is what I saw people carrying!

    Any advice? Do you find this to be just as helpful as the official plastic maps as far as shelters/elevation/water source/resupply goes?
    BTW, I just looked at the sample pages on Amazon and the maps on page 202 & 203 http://www.amazon.com/T-Guide-David-...der_097970815X does not constitue as an AT map. Also all guidebooks have maps of various towns, again those are not the same as maps of the AT.

    This is leading to a well worn-out debate about the need for separate maps for hiking the AT. I'm on the side of having maps at all times, in addition to an AT guidebook (whichever one, they're all about the same). However, many on here will argue no need for maps, all you need is a guidebook. Your choice, I'll just say that I always carry a map and compass, just in case...

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    John, Thanks for all your help! I in no way meant to start an "argument" I suppose I complained a bit, but wow... didn't expect it to come across as argumentative.

    Very good point on the side of having a map in addition to the book. I loved my maps last year, I was just misinformed that there was an "all-in-one" out there.

    Have a good one and thanks for your time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WingedMonkey View Post
    Can y'all please stop with this argument? This thread is seriously ruining my enjoyment of WB.
    You didn't lilroo, it was left over chatter from another thread.

    The trouble I have with campfires are the folks that carry a bottle in one hand and a Bible in the other.
    You never know which one is talking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WingedMonkey View Post
    ...it was left over chatter from another thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by john gault View Post
    It's all fun and games until someone gets their eye poked out


    Then it's a new game, FIND THE EYE!
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    This is what you're looking for: AT-TOPO

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    Thanks guys! I appreciate the comic relief :O) I'm in Alabama where all the tornados came through so just now getting online service - whew! I hope no one was hurt on the trail as all the storms passed through!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gearfreak View Post
    This is what you're looking for: AT-TOPO
    What is this anyway?? Is it an application or is it just a set of maps or what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10-K View Post
    What is this anyway?? Is it an application or is it just a set of maps or what?
    AT-TOPO is a complete set of annotated topo maps in Adobe PDF format. They provide a visual display of all the information shown in the guide books including distance to towns and services available as well as colored slope indicators for general idea of the trail profile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john gault View Post
    There is no map/guidebook combo. The AT guide has profile sheets on each page of the guidebook. Looks kind of like a map, but it is NOT a map; it's just a profile of elevation gain/loss, period.
    Quote Originally Posted by gearfreak View Post
    AT-TOPO is a complete set of annotated topo maps in Adobe PDF format. They provide a visual display of all the information shown in the guide books including distance to towns and services available as well as colored slope indicators for general idea of the trail profile.
    So am I wrong when I said, "There is no map/guidebook combo."

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    So what is your question,,,,,,, no there is no combination,,, that way everyone makes some money.....and you even get one book in the wrong direction and back to front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WingedMonkey View Post
    Can y'all please stop with this argument? This thread is seriously ruining my enjoyment of WB.
    You need a good hiker feed is what you need....

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    The 2009 issue of the Thru-Hikers Guide has a profile map at the bottom of the data-type info pages. I find it very useful for quick reference, but still use the official maps for detailed profiles.

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