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Discussion: Nice map!

in: dbakker; dbakker > 2020-07-07

Jul 13, 2020 10:50 PM # 
Are those rocks accurate??
it reminds me a little of Mt. Laurie detail wise. But that map is so outdated we cant use it too well.
Jul 13, 2020 11:55 PM # 
Yes, this is a very nice map area. It has a number of old mining pits that are on the dangerous end (quite deep, filled with water, and look impossible to get out of if you fall in) - like at control #1.

Everywhere that I went, the mapping was good (except a bit of weird vegetation stuff, but otherwise good), even though this map is 16 years old. It is an older pre-LiDAR mapping style, but is generally good. A little over-mapped in places in terms of readability, but all the rocks are so big that it is choosing which large rock to leave off/push around.

There is another training up there on a slightly different part of the map early this week, which I hope to get out to either tonight or tomorrow.
Jul 14, 2020 1:05 AM # 
Nice! Lucky you're near so many good maps, I kinda wanna go down to Sage for a couple of days to get on some of those maps but dont know if I have time. Im just stuck on my Nosehill map and a pretty boring Grotto map when im in Canmore at the moment. At least its a good workout haha!!!
Jul 14, 2020 3:58 AM # 
Yeah, the Yukon is the place to be right now - awesome maps everywhere.

Only real issue is that almost all my time is spent on making new ones, so only have so much time and energy left to go explore the existing ones ;)

Revelstoke is a lot closer to you then the rest of the good Sage maps around Kamloops. Might be worth a trip just to Revelstoke for a weekend if you just want some physical terrain. I can get you the sprint map of the town too if you want, which could be halfway decent sprint terrain (given it is an area you have not run on before) if you add some imaginary artificial fences to the map.
Jul 14, 2020 2:27 PM # 
For forest there's only the one map that you made right? Im kinda trying to grind just forest right now, and would take the extra drive to Kamloops over a single sprint map in Rev. Im planning on giving it 5 days where 14 hrs will be driving there and back and the rest running.

If id go for less Id definately go to Cranbrook or Revelstoke instead.
Jul 15, 2020 5:03 AM # 
Yes, there is just the one forest map in Revelstoke, but it is 7 square km of rugged mountain, so you could fit 4 or 5 training on it without running in the same area twice. Tack on the sprint map training and that could be a solid weekend getaway training camp.

Anyways, there are definitely much faster maps around Kamloops, and more variety too, especially for a 5 day trip.

Just make sure you follow the current BC health guidelines (which with our recent increase in cases from tourist travel, could change in the next few days if trends continue) if you do make a trip.
Jul 18, 2020 10:39 PM # 
Yeye I'll do that if I go.

Hey do you think this is a good tablet for mapping? At a good price?
Jul 18, 2020 11:30 PM # 
Yes, as it happens, I spent around 1.5 hours last night looking around for a good mapping tablet, as YOA (Yukon Orienteering Association) is potentially going to get one to try and help develop local mapping talent up here.

That is precisely the model that I figured was the best bang for the buck right now, and if my tablet died today, that is the model I would go buy. The battery size of only 4200 mAh is a little concerning long term, but otherwise it looks like a good device.

The 6000 mAh one that I have (5 years old admittedly) is still able to just barely get a 7 hour mapping day in, if it is not in full sunlight all the time and I can drop the brightness to a couple of notches below maximum. It is kinda funny, but the tablet I have from 2015 was about that price point, with only (generally) slightly worse specs. Here is a comparaison of the two devices:

Frankly, the tech hasn't gotten much any cheaper in the last 5 years, other than that the camera has gotten better.
Jul 19, 2020 1:48 AM # 
Nice! The only risky thing is I think it doesnt have a warranty here in Canada / US otherwise its seems perfect. Im gonna go and do some field checking right now to test it. With the battery issue I just got a powerbank:

So now I can listen to tunes and map with no worries about it dying I think lol.

That I'll throw in my bag and charge as I go. I'll let you know how it is but im happy to hear I snagged a good one. I was always hesitant because I didn't want to drop more than 400$ on a tablet and also I was worried about the pen.

But with the S pen I can use this one for school notes so Im pretty happy with it!

Im interested to see how accurate the inbuilt gps is. Hopefully I did my georefercing right!! Haha.

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