The closer the contour lines on topo maps
the steeper the changes in elevation, and along the shores of one remote stream near the Appalachian Trail the lines were enticingly close.
When combined with the new GPS Hunt Topo Map
SD Cards, the GPS Hunt app turns a smartphone into a full-fledged GPS unit with super-detailed maps that work in remote places without a cell or data connection.
The GPS Hunt Topo Map
Cards are sold by state for $99 and $119 (for the larger states: Texas, Montana and California).
When I return home from scouting, I use my GPS to mark whatever I've found exactly where it should be on my topo map
Geological Service publishes topo maps
for the entire country, and a number of mapping companies offer software that allows users to manipulate USGS maps.
However, the topo map
reveals the secrets of the terrain.
But I would suggest a GPS unit and a good topo map
of the area instead of a compass, especially when you do the right thing by getting off the trail.
If you have a topo map
, you can pretty much figure where you're going.
The Elite membership provides access to more than 2,500 best-in-class topo map
bundles that can be stored on smartphones and tablets.
Be forewarned, however, that downloading a topo map
can be excruciatingly slow through a home computer modem - after all, it takes a tremendous amount of data to tell your computer where to draw all those contour lines at 40-foot elevation intervals.
You will be able to figure this out when you start looking at a topo map
Looking at my topo map
, I located some promising funnels, set off with a Lone Wolf climber on my back, and before long was strapped into a tree overlooking a creek bottom with a rub line dotting one bank.