Map-making 101

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Click here for directions to Campmor's retail store in Paramus.

Daniel Chazin, long-time Trail Conference book and map editor, will briefly cover the history of the Trail Conference involvement with map-making and explain the old "analog" process formerly used. He will talk about how he used GPS technology for the first time in the early 1990s to create the 1995 edition of the Trail Conference Harriman-Bear Mountain map set, comment on the evolution of digital design decisions, and discuss the importance of volunteers in creating Trail Conference maps.


Jeremy Apgar, Trail Conference cartographer, will talk about the creation of the maps through the use of computer software, from designing a layout to creating a basemap, current methods of obtaining accurate GPS tracks and waypoints for the maps, and the map review process that helps the Trail Conference maintain high quality trail maps.

Finally, Jeremy will discuss some results of a recent map survey (with over 650 individuals surveyed), the importance of obtaining feedback from map users, and examples of how this feedback has been directly addressed in a current map project, the Catskill Trails map set.

Plenty of examples of draft maps and other visuals will be on hand to illustrate the map-making process.

Jeremy Apgar and Daniel Chazin
Campmor Retail Store in Paramus