Ordnance Survey maps are even better with the Active Series of OS Maps
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Rain is a hikers worst enemy. Treks become uncomfortable, wet and a lot more dangerous. Circumstances and conditions are made worse when paper maps gets wet, ripped and destroyed. This summer has been terrible for rain, especially in the UK. In fact it has been the wettest summer on record so far. Thankfully Ordnance […]
Rain is a hikers worst enemy. Treks become uncomfortable, wet and a lot more dangerous. Circumstances and conditions are made worse when paper maps gets wet, ripped and destroyed. This summer has been terrible for rain, especially in the UK. In fact it has been the wettest summer on record so far. Thankfully Ordnance Survey, the creator of OS Maps realise the predicament us outdoorists in the UK are in, we want to head out in to the hills, moors and mountains but the rain is ruining our precious OS Maps. The new Active range of OS Maps is here to save us. I have used them for a few weeks now and they have become my favourite set of maps by far.
Ordnance Survey Active Maps are the premier range of OS Maps available. OS Active Maps are fundamentally the regular Landranger and Explorer map series except they are coated in a lightweight and flexible plastic coating. This makes them suitable for all sorts of weather, they are rain proof, wind proof and tear proof. As you will undoubtedly know the British weather is inconsistent to say the least, so a map which is ready for all conditions is an absolute necessity when traversing UK hills, mountains and moorland. Due to the new plastic coating hikers and trekkers can now draw and scrawl on these maps with a washable marker pen. This is great as it lets you annotate your routes, destinations and keep track of any memorable places of interest or meeting points.
Personally I think that the greatest innovation that the OS Active series of maps brings us is the ability to write and draw on them. Last week I found a lovely area for a picnic whilst trekking around the lakes, the view was absolutely magnificent, literally jaw dropping. With my Landranger Active OS Map I was able to mark down exactly where it was. With a phone I would not have had signal to be able to do this on a GPS or sat nav app. This little but endearing feature means that maps become souvenirs of trips, you cannot put a price on that.
For those who have the regular OS Maps do not go throwing them out or burning them in anger just yet. You will not have to spend lots of money replacing them all with the waterproof maps, there are map cases available to buy which you can slip your regular OS Landranger maps or OS Explorer maps in to, keeping them safe and dry. When buying OS Maps be sure to look out for deals and bundles, you can save a lot of money by buying OS Map pack bundles, this is especially useful if you know where you are headed beforehand. Head on over to an Ordnance Survey specialist stockist to find the best deals in the UK. Above and Beyond have a great range of OS Map pack bundles, deals and offers, including the Active, Explorer and Landranger ranges.
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