We offer our trail maps in 2 formats: Digital and Paper
All Pocket Pals Trail Maps are available in a PAPER format that is both waterproof and tear-resistant. In addition, most of our maps are also available in a geo-referenced PDF format. These digital files are developed to be downloaded directly onto your mobile devices and tablets so that you can take them out on the trails with you. This enables you to locate your current location on the map when out on the trails.
Our paper maps are made of a special paper that is both waterproof and tear-resistant. They are virtually indestructible and will last for years to come. They will even survive a drenching in a washing machine (just in case you left a map in your pocket). Now that’s durable!
And as per our name (POCKET PALS), all of our maps are pocket-sized and will easily fit into your pocket.
Our digital maps (GeoPDF files) can easily be downloaded onto a mobile device (mobile phone or tablet) so that they can be taken out on the trails with you. Once you receive your digital file via e-mail you should then place it in a data storage app on your mobile device (eg. iDrive, One Drive, Dropbox, etc.). This is recommended because the cellular or WIFI signals may be weak or unavailable at the trailhead or along the trail. However, once the map is stored on your mobile device and eventually loaded into your specialized map app (see below) you will no longer need WIFI or cellular signals to utilize our digital maps on the trail (you can use them offline).
In addition to being able to view your digital map on ANY mobile device, you can load our digital maps into free, specialized map apps that will allow you to see where you are located on our map at all times (it will display your current location with a blue dot). If you have an iOS device (Apple product) you can install any of these free apps (TOPO NOMAD, TOPO Reader or NP Maps) from the iTunes store. If you have an Android device you should use the Avenza Maps app but then you must purchase our digital maps directly from Avenza.
All future digital map updates are FREE! You will automatically be sent an e-mail when an updated map is available.
- Pocket Pals’ digital maps are for use on mobile devices and tablets only, they are not printable.
- Please keep in mind that these type of map navigation apps do use a lot of battery power. To avoid this high level of battery drain you may want to consider changing your mobile device settings to Airplane Mode while out on the trails. In addition, if you are planning on a longer trail adventure it is always recommended to take a paper copy of our map with you in addition to a mobile power supply or solar charger.