Mountain hiking in the Graian Alps

Hiking in the Graian Alps

Fragment of the map of French Alps
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Search for topographic maps of the Graian Alps

Now, about the search for maps. Assumes that with maps which was found somewhere a route was choosen accurately enough to know map of which location you need to find.

Almost all of the information is sought on the Internet today, and this kind of search is meant. You should start from the general to the particular, that is, do not looking for the map, on which is such a village, near by which your route passes. But keep in mind the geographical names of regions, districts, parks, cities, is very useful. On request "topographic maps of the Alps" or something like this you may find the major publishing houses, next you will search for the so called series of maps, which means the group of maps of some region, split into sectors, each of which is contained in a single card. Usually these sectors is about from 15 to 100. All map of the same series have the same scale and all made ??in the same design. Immediately notice the scale, it is listed on each map and the title of the series. Also, there is usually a piece of the map by which you may to assess its quality in terms of information content.

Now necessary to find schematic illustration of the region you are interested in, with superimposed on top of it sectors of maps. Knowing where the region of your hike, you can easily see what maps you need in this series, and if they have any coverage of all areas of your route. If there is no schematic illustration, then look for the name of the map. The names of maps are usually have the main mountains, parks names, etc. To do this, it is desirable to have in front of you the names of objects in the area of ??travel.

In my search, I found the sites where there are services which provide information about which maps of which publishers cover the area of mountains you are interested in.

Here are the main publishers produce topographic maps covering the area of the Graian Alps:

  • publishing house L'Escursionista;
  • IGN - French Institute of Geography;
  • Istituto Geografico Militare - Italian Institute of Military Geography;
  • IGC - Central Institute of Geography of Italy;
  • publishing house KOMPASS;
  • publishing house Tabaсco.

We're not upset. We had a map of 1:500000, and some parts of the route in the scale 1:250000. Difficulties in a hike did not arise, sometimes own photos helped. However, on these maps there are much more glaciers than in reality, so that one day uncertain situation has arose, which safely delivered. In any case, we had a fallback option.

It should say that the Alps are common enough other tourists, who you can ask about a particular area or ask to see their map. Without maps, as opposed to our compatriots, they rarely follow the mountain trails.

The silhouette of the mountain range
With the support of the Nizhniy Novgorod trekking club