One would argue that the need for accurate and professional maps for outdoor recreation is overkill. This argument would yield differing statistics depending on the group who was surveyed. The individual who knows the trails or their area of interest would see no real benefit in even having a map; however, a new user or the user who doesn’t even know about the area would greatly benefit. Statistically, the growth of new users will continue to rise, which further supports the need for maps. Maps, by themselves, are generally enough reason for someone to go out and try something new for the first time. The map adds a sense of security, while having very accurate data provides significant success in getting the user get back to their car. Additionally, an accurate and professional map adds overall value to the trail and area being mapped further marketing it to the current and future users of the outdoor asset. With the ever increasing amount of outdoor adventures, accurate maps also set the benchmark for incorporating emergency response into the game plan for first responders and users. Accuracy isn’t just a nice to have, it should be the requirement.
October 2013 - Knobby Tire Mapping
We have all heard the quote “If you build it, they will come”. Generally speaking, this quote is a fairly true statement. From a mapping perspective, there should be a second sentence to this popular saying. “If you map it, they will find it” is an important addition to the quote, especially as it relates to outdoor recreation. As we think about trails, this becomes significantly important. Users may have an idea where to go but when directions are given verbally for a new outdoor resource it is generally voiced indifferently. “So, if you go down that windy point in the road, you will see a loblolly pine tree with some barbed wire sticking out of it, turn right there…”. You get the point, building a new trail is great, but getting trail users to it is why you built it!