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Tips for Paper Maps

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  1. Fozzy325

    Fozzy325 Rank III
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    I thought of making this thread where I will keep updating this page with relevant tips for Paper maps.

    1. Water proofing and ruggedising maps
    This technique will reduce weight with each map and waterproof it whilst keeping it flexible.
    • Get one paper map you want to waterproof
    • Buy a roll of Clear Self Adhesive Fablon
    • Layer the Fablon on the front of the map
    • Get an Iron and set it to silk, Iron the back paper side of the map
    • Run the bath and fill it partially full
    • Place map in the Bath and let it soak for 10 min
    • remove from bath and peal the paper away from the Fablon
    • At this point you will notice all the map coloured ink has stayed on the fablon
    • Lay out flat and dry naturally
    • once dry spray the back with hairspray, leave to dry
    You will now have a map that is water proof that you can scrunch, fold and you don't need a map case, it will also reduce the weight so you can keep more maps.
    You can now also use a sharpie on the map. To clean it you can use an eraser or metal polish swabs. (Metal Polish swabs/wool can then be used to start fires)

    2. Folding Paper Maps
    Lear n how to fold a map the correct way. By learning how to fold a map the correct way it will reduce the chance of ripping the map when unfolding it. Always fold the map and put it into the map case with your current location in the centre or slightly off centre (Below Centre) with the direction you are travelling closer to the top.

    3. Map cases
    Make sure you have a double sided map case you has transparent sides. Before getting out of the shelter make sure you fold the map in such a way that your total daily travel is available on the front and back side. This will remove the need to keep on taking the map in and out causing wear and tares.
    Make sure the Map case can fit into the Map pocket in the Jacket, (Map pockets are the vertical zipper pockets beside the main zip that looks like it allows access to the inside of the jacket.) THese are not the Breast Pockets.

    4. Neighbouring Maps
    When going out to an area with 1:25000, and 1:10000 maps it is always a good idea to have the next maps North, West, South, East, NW, SW, NE, SE of the current map you are going to be playing on. If you have to bug out you will have at least the knowledge of the escape routes around you.

    5. Ammo tin map storage
    With Correctly folded Maps they will fit exactly into a 5.56 NATO ammo tin, By doing this you can keep at least 20 maps (Flat) in the Ammo Tin. With a 7.62 Nato tin they will fit perfectly on the edge of the map
     
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  2. Jku Ben

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    Great info thanks for the intel .
     
  3. Fozzy325

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    Ok this is the Cabalas plastic ammo tin.
    I place all my maps, compass, pens, pencil, sharpie, brasso cotton, in the waterproof case.

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  4. Ron W.

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    Excellent thread. Please keep it up.
     
  5. Plasmajab

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    Mac tac. That's what we use, and the best part of it is that you can write on them with Staetler Permanent markers, and they will come clean with hand sanitizer. So you can put all your gridpoints and bearing and notes on the map, and they will stay. But they erase off once the job is done.
     
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  6. Plasmajab

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    Oh, and those pouches you can get (page protectors) can also work the same way if you have templates for grids or bearings and want to resuse them. Or if you have to print your topo map.
     
  7. Nickzero

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    I had designed Morse Code cards once. I used this same waterproofing method to assure they wouldn't get ruined out in the field. Cool thing was they were on glow in the dark ink paper! So once laminated cut and perfected I would hand them out to friends and they found them useful at night too.
     
  8. Rolando

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    So the other interesting question is where to get good maps. What I've seen at REI and other stores are very specialized maps for hikers, etc. But I have not seen either good overview maps that were not be in a book format, or in a more local scale of 1:50000 or similar.
    What do you guys recommend?
     
  9. Fozzy325

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    Have you tried
    https://store.usgs.gov/maps
     
  10. Laud

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    Excellent info!!!!

    But what is the paper stuff you speak of?
     
  11. Rolando

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