1. Jack
    Jack February 11, 2014 at 5:37 am

    Hey Ray,
    These maps are also really useful if you’re not jamming on through the trip. I’m going to take a month long, some what leisurely fly fishing trip and I want to see more of the country than a narrow/10+ mile a day obstacle. Factor in the llamas we’ll have along and we’re going to be camping in places less used…the maps are an asset to us having a terrific trip…in fact they were one of my first investments for the trip.
    Keep the dirty side down,
    Cheers, jc

  2. Darren
    Darren February 11, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Ray, did you find any major differences in the map contents between the Harrison maps and the Black Atlas (mileages, waypoints, etc.)?

  3. Chip
    Chip February 11, 2014 at 6:34 am

    What profiles are you referring to in this blog?

    I find the profile scale of The Atlas misleading due to the scale used, it makes the trail look relatively flat which it isn’t. The Harrison Maps does not contain a profile as part of the package either.

    I’ve downloaded and printed every profile picture I can find as well as the Guthook App and I also have Elizabeth Wenk’s book Kindle editions and your book on my phone. I don’t plan on carrying a GPS other than the phone and only plan on using the data on my phone in the evening to plan the next day. I may be having a data overload right now as I sort out the information and by the time I hit the trail all of this may be a moot point.

    I appreciate your sharing your experience with these resources it is nice to have a first hand perspective.

  4. michel
    michel February 11, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Hi Ray,
    To save weight I reprinted my Harrison maps on both sides : 13-11, 12-10, 9-7 and so on…


  5. Lane DeCost
    Lane DeCost June 29, 2014 at 10:04 am


    I may have just what you’re looking for. I’ve used the maps from antigravitygear.com for several section hikes on the AT, and to thru-hike the Smokys. They have major reference points, streams, shelters, camptsites, altitudes and resupply points, with a very nice end-t-end elevtion profile. The JMT map weighs in at a grand total of 4 grams. The are plasticized, almost indestructable, and small enough to tri-fold and keep in my pants pocket for easy reference. Did I mention cheap?


    Pocket Profile JMT/PCT Elevation Profile Map
    $3.95 USD
    Item# PPFJMT

    1. Martin Gonzalez
      Martin Gonzalez May 20, 2015 at 4:17 am

      Ray, any feedback on the $3.95 maps? I am planning my trip for Aug. 2016 and would like as much help as I can get. Thank you

  6. Pranitha
    Pranitha July 10, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Hi Ray,

    this is great info. I already bought the Pocket Profile JMT/PCT Elevation Profile Map mentioned by Lane above. But, I am going to try and see the other maps too to decide on what I actually want to take.

    a very good site, ty

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