When I moved to Colorado Springs in the early 2000's I was very excited to be living near open spaces, Pike National Forest and the mountains that offer so many recreational opportunities. I am a very outdoorsy person and therefore strive to be outside in nature as much as possible. While I'm on the trails I also strive to get some great exercise, as fitness is also an important part of my life. In addition, exploring new areas and trails is a very exciting to me. I love the excitement of new outdoor adventures, as I'm always wondering what's around the next corner. As I began seeking out new adventures in my backyard playground, I became a bit disappointed with the lack of good trail information for the Pikes Peak region. How many times have you been anticipating an exciting new adventure on the trails of Colorado and you can't locate the trailhead? Or you arrive at an unmarked trail intersection with no way of knowing which way to go in order to get to your desired destination? OH...and what about taking those cumbersome trail guide books or large over-sized maps in and out of your backpack over and over again during your trip? Or when you make a paper copy of a map and/or it's textual description prior to hitting the trails and after a little sweat / rain or folding and unfolding this paper map a few dozen times it literally ends up falling apart! Then there are the times when you try to retrieve digital trail data from a trail app only to find out that they don't offer data for that particular trail. Or, when you can get the digital trail information you are looking for it oftentimes only shows data for just that one trail, instead of the entire network of trails that connect into this trail. Believe me, during all of my trail adventures through the years these types of things happened to me all too often. That is when I decided that there really was a need for better trail maps for Colorado, one of the major outdoor recreation meccas in the U.S.
I started this business in 2011 to better address the needs of hikers, mountain bikers, runners, backpackers and equestrians by developing more detailed, accurate and up-to-date trail maps for Colorado. Trail maps that are better made, more portable, and are available in both water-proof and tear-resistant paper and digital geo-PDF formats. It was also helpful that I have always had a natural, inborn fascination and interest in maps and cartography. I therefore, went on to achieve a Master's degree in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) which basically is having the ability to use a variety of computer-generated map layers and their associated tabular data to develop a wide variety of geo-spatial analyses. As you can see my skills, interests and passions aligned perfectly for this business endeavor. It's not just a job, but a true labor of love.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, POCKET PALS has produced the premier trail maps for Colorado. Find out what else makes our trail maps unique by clicking HERE.
I hope to see you all out on the trails and thank you for your business.
Happy Trails to All!