We offer our maps in 2 formats: Paper and Digital
All Pocket Pals Trail Maps are available in a PAPER format that is both waterproof and tear-resistant. Most, but not all, of our maps are also available in a digital 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.
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 beautifully when put through a washing machine. Now that’s durable!
And as per our name (POCKET PALS), all of our maps will easily fit into your pocket.
Our digital PDF maps can easily be downloaded onto a mobile device (mobile phone or tablet) so that they can be taken out on the trails with you. Always download your digital maps to your mobile device or store them somewhere that is accessible from your mobile device (e.g. iCloud Drive, One Drive, Dropbox, etc.) before traveling to your destination because the cellular or WIFI signals may be weak or unavailable at the trailhead or along the trail.
In addition to being able to view your digital map on ANY mobile device, if you have an iOS device (Apple product) you can install a free app (TOPO READER or NP Maps) from the iTunes store. The neat thing about this app is that once you load your digital map onto this app it will allow you see where you are located on the map (it displays your location with a blinking blue icon). Super Cool!
While out on the trails it is always recommended that you have both our sturdy Pocket Pals paper maps in addition to our digital maps. This is to protect you from the possibility that your mobile device’s battery may be drained or that you may lose a GPS/satellite signal, etc. Please keep in mind that these type of map apps do use a lot of battery power. If you do happen to lose your satellite signal you will only lose your geo-locating service in TOPO READER / NP Maps (the blue locator icon that shows you where you are currently located on the map). You will know that you lost the satellite connection if you notice your blue locator icon stalling out or traveling in unpredictable directions. However, if you downloaded your digital map prior to getting to the trail you will always be able to view your map no matter what happens to your satellite connection (as long as your battery still has a charge).
NOTE: In an effort to keep your mobile devices charged while out on the trails you may want to consider having a Mobile Power Supply / Solar Charging device with you.
- All Pocket Pals Trail Maps are copyrighted, please do not share copies of our digital map files or reprint any of our map products. Thanks for understanding.
- Pocket Pals’ digital PDF maps are for use on mobile devices and tablets only, they are not printable.