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There are few items as important as a map when planning an outdoor adventure. MyTopo became an industry leader offering a simple, but unique service — the ability to order large-format topographic maps online, custom-centered and scaled to cover multiple USGS quads, personalized with a name and title printed on waterproof paper, and shipped within 24 hours for quick delivery to the customer’s mailbox.
Since it started as a small map shop in Red Lodge, Montana, MyTopo became the most popular and easy way to order printed maps. Plus, the prices haven’t changed since the company started in 1999. The company is now based in Billings, Montana, the site of OWAA’s 2016 annual conference.
Today, MyTopo’s print-on-demand service includes Canadian maps with the choice of high resolution satellite imagery, and offers options to overlay public land boundaries and private parcel boundaries and ownership names.
The company now includes the land division of New Hampshire-based Maptech and operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trimble Navigation, a world leader in GPS navigation products and services. Via its Maptech acquisition, MyTopo gained control of Terrain Navigator, a robust desktop mapping software. If a hiker, hunter or, most recently, a cop-killing survivalist, goes missing, there is a good chance those involved in the search will be using Terrain Navigator Pro. It extends to smart phones and tablets, with a powerful app that facilitates field-to-desktop real time syncs of geo-referenced data.
In 2011, MyTopo was acquired by Trimble Navigation and partnered with the outdoors division that develops digital mapping products for smart phones and tablets. The flagship product is off-the-grid maps, which provide access to an entire state’s worth of topographic data, private land ownership data and public land boundaries on SD Cards for use in Android and iOS devices even when completely out of cell range. The product includes a subscription, which can be purchased separately, to a cloud-based mapping service, Trimble Outdoors Elite. Elite provides a powerful set of tools to digitally mark-up maps, sync data between devices, and print true-to-scale maps.
All OWAA members are provided one free MyTopo map a year and a free Elite subscription. Contact Paige Darden to request your free products at 877-587-9004, ext. 102 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.