Adventure Map – Rogers Pass
In our digital age with GPS enabled phones and Google Earth, one might ask who needs a traditional folding map? Well, when it comes to remote, mountainous places a hardcopy map still trumps electronics for those who know how to read them. Modern technology can be awesome, but a map is a multi-purpose planning, navigation and entertainment tool that should be considered required equipment when visiting new areas. The Rogers Pass Adventure Map (winter version) offers a 1:50,000 scale overview of some of the most outrageous roadside attraction skiing in North America. Officially, the map covers the bulk of Glacier National Park, too. It’s ideally suited to plotting day trips and multi-day adventures from the classic trailheads along the Trans-Canada highway through Rogers Pass.
The map does not layout actual tours, but it does label all 20 of the Winter Permit System Areas
set up by Parks Canada to help manage backcountry access. It also highlights designated parking
sites and labels and names 46 commonly recognized winter ski routes or touring destinations. All of this information is essential for visiting backcountry skiers headed to the pass, as it can be used to cross reference locations of the latest condition reports found at Rogers Pass Center and to help to understand which areas are open for ski touring (some zones are restricted during periods of avalanche control work and high hazard).
Designed for field use, the map is made from waterproof and tear-resistant material that will stand up
to many a stormy ski tour and backpack abuse. The backside of the map offers a variety of history and basic facts about Rogers Pass as well as avalanche safety information and basic beta on some of the most popular winter route areas. It’s a nice companion to trip planning and in-the-field reconnoitering. Chrismar Mapping, $15 www.chrismar.com