Tips & Warnings
• Print out several copies of the map. If the map is bigger than letter size paper, print it as a poster so that the map is broken into separate sheets.
• With the quality of today's printers, it really is best to draw the topo map on one of the aerial photos, this will help with on-the-ground landmarks when hiking or backpacking.
• Draw the contours using a soft pencil first, then it's easy to erase errors.
• No personally drawn map replaces the real necessity for a good map of an area or research before hiking.
• Remember to carry plenty of water, a first aid kit, compass, flashlight and extra batteries when hiking.
• Always hike with a partner and ensure someone knows where you're hiking, when you left and when you should be expected to return.
Article Written By Eric Jay Toll
Eric Jay Toll has been writing since 1970, influenced by his active lifestyle. An outdoorsman, businessman, planner and travel writer, Toll's work appears in travel guides for the Navajo Nation, "TIME" and "Planning" magazines and on various websites. He studied broadcast marketing and management at Southern Illinois University.