University of Minnesota Publication on Somali Immigration

We are happy to have finished a series of maps for a publication out of the University of Minnesota Press on Somali Immigration.  The maps are shown in color below but were produced in black and white for the new book. The maps supplement the book analysis on migration of Somalis throughout Africa and how it was influenced by the partitioning of Africa by European powers between 1881 and 1914. See Scramble for Africa.

 

 

 

Foothills Trail Conference Map

We finished the newly updated Foothills Trail Conference map for the 40th Anniversary of this great trail last month and the new maps have arrived! Extending all the way across the Upstate of South Carolina, this trail is a must for any hiker/back packer visiting the region. Including spur trails, there are 107 miles of trail. The trail extends from Oconee State Park to Table Rock State Park with a spur trail connecting Caesar’s Head State Park and the Mountain Bridge Wilderness. It also travels just below Gorges State Park in North Carolina. Magnificent views and spectacular waterfalls are just some of the highlights of this trail. All trail data provided via GPS from the Foothills Trail Conference. We loved the previous Foothills Trail Map and used it more than once but believe (in our opinion) this map is a great improvement. Thanks to the Foothills Trail Conference for giving us the opportunity to update this map. They were a true pleasure to work with and I think the new map reflects the great partnership forged between the Foothills Trail Conference and Pisgah Map Company, LLC. All proceeds from this map go directly to supporting the trail so get out and buy a copy!

 

2014 Monster Cross KML file

The 2014 Monster Cross route can downloaded by clicking the following link.  2014_route.kml. Right-click the link and save as. Rename the file by removing the “_1.txt” and simply leaving “2014_route.kml”.  Next, use the file in anyway you’d like.  Our web host wouldn’t let us upload a KML file so we renamed it with a .txt extension.

What can you do with this file? View in Google Earth or Google Maps. View in QGIS or convert to shapefile and view in ArcGIS. Convert to GPX and upload to www.gpsvisualizer.com.  If you already have our Pisgah Ranger District map on PDF Maps, overlay the KML file and away you go.

How do you overlay a GPS file in PDF Maps? Check here – http://pdf-maps.com/support

 

 

 

2014 Monster Cross Map – Now Available!

The 2014 Pisgah Monster Cross Race Maps are now available for sale ($9.99/each) through the Avenza PDF-Maps store.

Race info: http://www.pisgahproductions.com/events/pisgah-monster-cross/about/

Using the PDF-Maps app from Avenza, you can track your location and route using GPS, mark waypoints, geotag photos, measure distance and more. The maps cache locally on your phone so no phone service is not necessary for the app to work.

Follow the instructions below to download the free PDF Maps app.  Once installed, you can preview the map and decide if you’d like to purchase.  You can also browse other maps available through the app (some for free!).

Download the PDF Maps app for iOS Download and install PDF Maps app for Android

How do I get the maps on my Apple device?

  1. Downloadand install the free PDF Maps app from the App Store.
  2. Once installed, open the app and navigate to the Map Store.
  3. Search for ‘Monster Cross‘.  While searching, you may see pins on the map for other maps available that are close to you.  Some maps are available to download for free while others are for purchase.
  4. Tap on the map to see a description and preview.  Tap the price and then ‘Buy Now’.  The map will be purchased through your iTunes account.
  5. The map will be downloaded to the Maps Library on your phone.  After the map downloads, you will see it processing. Once finished, the map will appear in your Map Library.
  6. Tap the map to open and start using it.

How do I get the maps on my Android device?

  1. Downloadand install the free PDF Maps app from the Google Play Store.
  2. Once installed, open the app and navigate to the Map Store.
  3. Search for ‘Monster Cross‘.  While searching, you may see pins on the map for other maps available that are close to you.  Some maps are available to download for free while others are for purchase.
  4. Tap on the map to see a description and preview.  Tap the price and then ‘Buy Now’.  The maps will be purchased through your Google Play account.
  5. The map will be downloaded to the Maps Library on your phone.  After the map downloads, you will see it processing. Once finished, the map will appear in your Map Library.
  6. Tap the map to open and start using it.

Viewing this on your mobile device? Direct link to map downloads below

If you already have the PDF Maps app and are viewing this page on your mobile device, click the links below for a direct link to purchase maps.  The link below only works from mobile devices with PDF Maps app installed.

Disclaimer

Pisgah Map Company, LLC is in no way responsible for loss or injury that may occur while using our maps. Digital maps and the use of GPS are a good aid in navigation however technology can and does fail.  Nothing can take the place of good map and compass skills while in the wilderness.  Always take a paper map and plan in advance for your trip in the woods.

 

WNC Trail Guide: Grandfather Ranger District – Released!

WNC Trail Guide: Grandfather Ranger District

The newest edition of our popular WNC Trail Guide Series started hitting stores last month. The WNC Trail Guide: Grandfather Ranger District covers from East Asheville to Blowing Rock.

 Some highlights of this map include:

  • The most up-to-date trail information for the area
  • USFS trails in the Coleman Boundary, Curtis Creek, South Toe River Area, Black Mountains, Linville Gorge, Wilson Creek and more.
  • Other trail systems like the Montreat Conference Center, Ridgecrest Conference Center and the Blue Ridge Assembly.
  • Lake James and Grandfather State Parks
  • The Blue Ridge Parkway

Email info@pisgahmapcompany.com if you’d like to order any of our maps!

Where can you get a map?

Our maps are for sell at these great retailers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee!  If your store is not on this map, please let me know. If you no longer carry our maps, I’ll be happy to remove your store as well.

At these locations, you’ll find one or more of the following maps covering the areas around Asheville and Western North Carolina in general. The trail guides have the most current trail conditions in the National Forest, State Recreational Forest, State Parks and more.

  • WNC Trail Guide: Pisgah Ranger District including Bent Creek
  • WNC Trail Guide: DuPont State Recreational Forest
  • WNC Trail Guide: Grandfather Ranger District and parts of Appalachian Ranger District

This map was created using Google Fusion Tables and their geolocation API. It makes it pretty simple to geocode addresses and plot points on the map. The map can then be easily shared as seen above.

Also, once the addresses have been geocoded, we can export the data to CSV or KML to explore mapping in MapBox, ESRI, Leaflet or any other number of web mapping APIs. I’ll be getting up some other examples soon as I decide what works best for how we want to represent the information.

One of the things I like best about Google Fusion Tables is how easy it is to create a ‘heat map’ from your points. Unfortunately, heat maps cannot be embedded in web pages so I’ve include a screenshot below of what this looks like.