Interesting product from Routebuddy, a computer map which focuses on the portion of the Highlands used by the TGO Challenge. This is not so newsworthy in itself but what makes this very interesting is that Routebuddy have produced three versions of the map, two of which make use of their technology which stitches together different types of map on the same screen.
The basic C2C map uses OS 1:50 scale and sells for just under £20.
To this you can then add-on portions of either OS 1:25 or Harvey 1:40 which will then be automatically stitched onto your base 1:50.
The higher resolution add-ons cover Mullardoch/Monar/Affric, Torridon, Ben Avon, the Cairngorms and the Fetteresso Forest!
Not all of the Munros are here but the majority of the big hills are included in the add-ons. Just thinking of the needs of Munro baggers I wonder if this approach can be extended with new map insets/add ons in the future?
I’ve featured Routebuddy’s ability to stitch maps together before and the best example I’ve given of the stitching effect is here.
The stitching effect also is very useful when it comes to printing as maps are printed out ‘stitched’ as they are presented to you on the screen. I you are the kind of hiker who hikes with paper printouts then this may be for you.
This might also be interesting for those of you who primarily use web-based systems and have already bought maps for use on a smartphone or tablet. This map might be all you need to plan routes on a desktop machine which can then be exported and imported into something else. I much prefer planning on a desktop than on a tablet or even in a browser window.
I’m a long standing customer of Routebuddy and have bought a lot of maps from them over the years. I’ve approached them to provide a review copy of the maps and if they come through I’ll produce some kind of video-based review.