Re: your mail
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 23 Oct 1996 07:38:40 -0400
> I am interested in helping the boys earn their hiking merit badge. How do
> you map off an area to assure that you are indeed hiking the 10 miles wach
Using a map to measure distances along a trail is accurate, IMO, only for
straight trails. E.g., a former railroad grade. With other trails, the
distance "on the ground" is always greater than that shown by measuring
the distance on the map. For myself, I've found that I hike (on trails)
about 2 miles per hour. A ten-mile hike takes me 5 hours of travel time.
What is the safest way of hiking in a virgin area that is not well
> marked, and not fear getting you and the boys lost.
Carry a map and a compass, and check your route frequently. Be sure to
look _back_ occasionally. There
are some excellent route finding materials in the Boy Scout Handbook.
What is the best agency
> to acquire regional hiking maps? the DNR?
This, of course, will be something specific to your geographical area.
Which ever agency has jurisdiction over the area you're hiking will
have the best maps of that area. For general use throughout the
country, the USGS topographic maps are available. Your local agency
may have something more detailed. You'll have to ask. There is probably
a hiking club at a local college who can give you some advice. Or other
scouters at Roundtable.
Paul H. Brown, KD4UPD
I used to be an Antelope, WB 82-66
Pack Committee Chairman, Unit Commissioner, Roundtable Commissioner
George Washington District, National Capital Area Council, BSA
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