Featuring the same data from The A.T. Guide, by David Miller and weighing in at just 4 grams each, this waterproof, tear resistant, information rich strip-map features an Appalachian Trail map on one side and elevation profile with altitudes and trail data on the other. The map imagery includes high resolution GPS track, topographic maps, accurate road crossings and a bird’s eye view of points along the trail. The elevation profile side includes trail mileage, shelter locations, camp sites, water sources, resupply points, lodging, outfitters, and post offices and much more. A serious tool for trail use and hike planning. AntiGravityGear’s long trail Pocket Profile Maps were listed in the April 2012 Backpacker Magazine Spring Gear Guide under the heading “The Ten Essentials”!
Yes! Our US supplier abides by the 4 R’s of environmental stewardship: Recycle, Reuse, Respect, & Reduce.
Recycle & Reuse
Our paper is made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and is therefore 100% recyclable in category 2 HDPE. Our supplier constantly strives to eliminate the waste generated by their production processes throughout the entire production chain:
Waste linked to the synthetic paper production
The production waste is regranulated and recycled in our production processes.
Production scrap that cannot be reused in the production process is collected by a recycling company to be reprocessed as raw materials for other plastic items.
Waste produced by printing processes
Scrap resulting from printing processes are collected with other polymer products and reused to make other plastic items.
Minimizing End-User Waste
Our paper is made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and is therefore 100% recyclable in category 2 HDPE.
Keeping our environmental impact as low as possible during the manufacturing processes.
All production sites comply with ISO 14001 environmental standards.
Have their own water treatment plants to handle the water used in their processes. Waste water is therefore already clean when it leaves the production sites.
The manufacturing process does not use ozone-depleting substances such as CFCs.
The manufacturing process does not include any dangerous or polluting components.
Health and Safety
In addition to complying with the ISO 14001 EMS standards, our supplier has taken the following health and safety initiatives:
Components are fully compliant with the following legislation dealing with heavy metals:
The 1994 standard of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors’ Model Toxic (CONEG).
Part 3 of the 10988 European EN71 standard stipulating upper limits for toys and film coatings.
The requirements set out in the EC directive 94/62/EC relating to packaging waste.
Does not contain phthalate, chlorine, or other halogens.
When incinerated under the right conditions, the paper is non-toxic and does not produce dioxins or other highly toxic materials.
The unique characteristics of the paper also contribute to resource conservation and sustainability.
It has no impact on forest resources.
The manufacturing process uses five times less water that traditional paper production, thus preserving water resources.
It has a long service life in its applications (maps, tags and manuals, for example), thus reducing the need for source materials.
The AntiGravityGear Pocket Profiles™ are waterproof, rub resistant and tear resistant. Backpacking subjects gear to the most strenuous of conditions that will test the limits of any well made piece of gear. And so, as with all backpacking gear, there is some special care that can be taken to preserve the life of your Pocket Profile™.
Your Pocket Profile™ is rub resistant, meaning the ink is quite durable and will not rub off easily. And while your profile is in no way fragile, abuse can test the limits of the rub resistance. The folds are likely to wear the quickest. Avoid overworking the folds. One strategy is to roll the map and put it in your accessory pocket on your pack rather than folding it.
As with any gear, it’s not good to fold your Pocket Profile™ up while wet for storage. After it has gotten good and wet, give it a good dry off before folding and stowing it. If your Pocket Profile™ was accidentally allowed to dry completely from wet while folded, and is frozen together, run it under water for a while and slowly and gently work it apart.
Your Pocket Profile™ is tear resistant, meaning it’s difficult to tear, but not impossible. Keep it away from sharp objects that could puncture it in your pack.
A little care and good common sense will go a long way to preserving the life of your Pocket Profile™.
The Pocket Profile™ in the photo to the left has been soaking in this Nalgene bottle for 6 months. It has been taken out and crumpled up and put back in several times. Basically, we’re abusing it. While it definitely does not look as beautiful as it did when it was brand new, it is holding it’s own. It’s still quite readable, and would definitely still get us down the trail.
The AGG TEC™ reference number located between mile markers above the elevation profile is the measure of Total Elevation Change per segment. These are also commonly referred to is PUDs or MUDs (Pointless Ups & Downs or Mindless Ups & Downs). This rating is meant to give you an idea of how TEChnical the terrain ahead of you will be.
For instance: If, during the course of a 3 mile segment, you climb 1000 feet and descend 500 feet, the AGG TEC™ number for that 3 mile segment would be 1500. This number, when compared to the elevation profile, can give you an idea of how much elevation change is ahead and whether it is likely to be more uphill or downhill or a mixture of both ups and downs.
At the top, in the blue bar on the elevation side of each profile, is an AGG TEC™ reference number for the entire section of the trail that the map covers.
This is what the TEC™ numbers look like. They are the grey numbers in between mile markers:
We update the Appalachian Trail Pocket Profiles at least once a year. But, they are not all updated at the same time. The A.T. Guide contains town information (i.e. hours of operation, phone numbers, instructions, etc.) which has a tendency to change quite a bit and must be updated each January. However, the trail data (i.e. shelters, water sources, road crossings, etc.) for the Appalachian Trail changes so minutely that a hard dated annual update is not necessary for the pocket profiles. Minor changes can be covered in our errata pages. In many cases, the Pocket Profiles can actually be more up to date than the Guidebook since we update them throughout the year.
Each of the 22 maps in the ATSET has a slightly different RF scale for a few reasons. They all do not cover the exact same mileage since some areas of the trail have a denser database of information to cover. Also, some areas of the trail are curvier than others affecting how much space the distance being mapped actually takes up on the page.
The AVERAGE RF scale for all maps in the set is 1:293,252 or 4.63 miles per inch.
In order to make the most of the scale we had to work with, we enhanced for visibility features most important to a hiker like road crossings, highways & interstates, national forest boundaries, state lines, cities, and major rivers and bodies of water to name a few. We work at a resolution much higher during the design process than what we use for final print resolution. This makes it possible for us to very accurately lay these enhancements over features on the map in order to make clear what would not otherwise be visible at these scales.
In order to simplify the scale for the hiker, we overlayed a 10 mile dotted line grid on each map to give hikers a visual idea of the area they have to cover between points on the map.
The specific RF scale for each of the maps in the 22 Map ATSET is as follows:
AT01: 1:297,926 (4.70 miles per inch)
AT02: 1:219,322 (3.46 miles per inch)
AT03: 1:234,849 (3.71 miles per inch)
AT04: 1:231,910 (3.66 miles per inch)
AT05: 1:278,249 (4.39 miles per inch)
AT06: 1:211,200 (3.33 miles per inch)
AT07: 1:213,924 (3.38 miles per inch)
AT08: 1:269,136 (4.25 miles per inch)
AT09: 1:269,893 (4.24 miles per inch)
AT10: 1:335,450 (5.27 miles per inch)
AT11: 1:235,128 (3.71 miles per inch)
AT12: 1:303,230 (4.79 miles per inch)
AT13: 1:340,133 (5.37 miles per inch)
AT14: 1:477,072 (7.53 miles per inch)
AT15: 1:297,856 (4.70 miles per inch)
AT16: 1:333,597 (5.27 miles per inch)
AT17: 1:387,783 (6.12 miles per inch)
AT18: 1:333,825 (5.27 miles per inch)
AT19: 1:248,949 (3.93 miles per inch)
AT20: 1:308,877 (4.87 miles per inch)
AT21: 1:314,692 (4.97 miles per inch)
AT22: 1:308,531 (4.87 miles per inch)