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I Went To The USGS Yesterday

Postby SandStorm » Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:45 am

The guy there said, and I quote, "You must be going to the same place as the last person who was here. These are the same maps."

Maps: Marion Peak, Mt. Tom, Sharktooth Peak, Sphinx Lakes, Mt. Brewer

So. Who's the guilty party?



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Re: I Went To The USGS Yesterday

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:52 am

Which USGS office, there are quite a few of them?
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Re: I Went To The USGS Yesterday

Postby SandStorm » Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:01 pm

Roger, Maverick. The Menlo Park building. Thanks, brother.
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Re: I Went To The USGS Yesterday

Postby SandStorm » Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:13 pm

For what it's worth, if you're in the Bay Area, or close, the USGS in Menlo Park has every 7.5 minute map in CA.

USGS Map Store
345 Middlefield Road
West Willow Road exit off 101, at the end of Survey Lane, which is just a few blocks down.
650-329-4358
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Re: I Went To The USGS Yesterday

Postby rlown » Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:17 pm

I love that place.. Like a candy store :)
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Re: I Went To The USGS Yesterday

Postby TehipiteTom » Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:45 pm

maverick wrote:Which USGS office, there are quite a few of them?

Not as many as there used to be. :(

(555 Battery was the one I used to frequent. Long gone, which is especially unfortunate since I work 3 blocks from there.)
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Re: I Went To The USGS Yesterday

Postby ManOfTooManySports » Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:58 pm

I bought some 7.5s from USGS on-line. They are obviously printed to order. But the paper stock was not as thick as maps I used to get from REI, etc. before they stopped selling them. Are the maps bought from the office the same heavy stock as before?

And may I get on a soapbox and whine for a moment? :soapbox: Has the usage of good topo maps really gone down so much that there is no point in selling them? Are people that reliant on GPS or broad area maps? Are people just not going to where you'd need topos? I've done trips with only Tom Harrison maps, but only when I am strictly on well-used trails. And if I had a GPS I'd still bring topos as back-up. (And, no, I don't want to restart the flame wars of GPS vs. maps.) Whiny rant over.
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Re: I Went To The USGS Yesterday

Postby SandStorm » Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:33 pm

Hey, there's a big difference between legit bull**** and ranting. I went into the North Face flagship store off Union Square yesterday. It is now a boutique. The Neiman Marcus across the street is now a Marmot store.
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Re: I Went To The USGS Yesterday

Postby SSSdave » Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:08 pm

Was in there a few months ago and noticed they moved into a small room upstairs. Their map room used to have stack collections of most of the western states maps but now just house California. So as I usually do, went around pulling out a stack of maps. But then when I looked at the quality of printing, noticed some were not as sharp. Person at desk explained they are not using the same printer for replacements when the old maps run out although the cost is still $8 a 24k map instead of $2 as it was for years in the old days. Also said would need to go through the Denver office now for other states. I put back several maps that were apparently printed by the new printer, just keeping the high quality older ones. For the quality I saw, I can get the same by downloading libremap.com and printing on my R2880 inkjet, though need to tape sheets together.

Anyone visiting the map sales also might visit the USGS Library next door the has a world of fascinating maps, books, and documents especially lots of one of a kind old stuff.

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Re: I Went To The USGS Yesterday

Postby ManOfTooManySports » Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:57 pm

The print quality of the stuff they mailed was good--not as good, but usable without a problem. The paper was of a lesser quality, though. I need to get a client with a really good large format printer so I can do some late night work. :D
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Re: I Went To The USGS Yesterday

Postby SandStorm » Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:51 am

The USGS stores are an invaluable asset. In CA they now only carry 7.5 maps for CA. I'm still curious who that was who was in there just before me.
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Re: I Went To The USGS Yesterday

Postby artrock23 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:05 pm

Without doing a Google search, do any of you know where a USGS map store is in SoCal?

ManOfTooManySports wrote:And may I get on a soapbox and whine for a moment? :soapbox: Has the usage of good topo maps really gone down so much that there is no point in selling them? Are people that reliant on GPS or broad area maps? Are people just not going to where you'd need topos? I've done trips with only Tom Harrison maps, but only when I am strictly on well-used trails. And if I had a GPS I'd still bring topos as back-up. (And, no, I don't want to restart the flame wars of GPS vs. maps.) Whiny rant over.


All I use -so far- are Tom Harrison maps. Those things are worth their weight in gold. I've never used a GPS. IMHO, a good topo map & compass (and the ability to use them) should be a prerequisite for venturing into the wilderness.
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