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[*] posted on 2-16-2021 at 11:16 AM
The NEW BAJA CALIFORNIA MAP ATLAS: Paper & Digital are here (scroll down for digital details)



Naturally, I have been wanting to share this news, but couldn't say much until now.

We 'Baja People' have all been hoping for a replacement for the 2009 (and earlier editions) of the Baja California Almanac and Baja California Topo Atlas, from Landon Crumpton.... 1986 to 2009 editions.

While I cannot show you the book cover, yet, I can give you some idea of what it is like and hope to save you from buying any more old Almanacs for $600 on eBay!

Like the 2009 Almanac, the new maps are about the same size, but the book will be a bit thicker. The new Atlas will have more specialty maps and pages on travel information and points of interest.

Topography is full color shaded relief. Classified and unclassified roads and trails are included. As an editor for the maps, I have attempted to correct the many errors that often are on the Mexican government base maps. I have also updated the road information as needed, including showing all the new paved roads, and the dirt roads correctly classified.

The Baja Divide route is featured, and we have added the El Camino Real tracks from Loreto to El Rosario with credit to www.caminorealbaja.com for their 20 years of ground-proofing the true trail routes.

No map is 100% free of errors but I have done my best going over them many times the past few months. The publishers are very enthusiastic to have a map book that can be used again, with the glee we had over the Almanac.

Based on how it is received, future editions are already planned and all of you can give feedback for any changes or corrections!

Stay tuned to Baja Nomad for more details coming next month!


The cartography department had some fun and made this to share with us...





MARCH 22 EDIT:



Web page with sample maps: https://www.benchmarkmaps.com/product/baja-california-road-r...

This will be sold at all the typical Baja book and travel service locations. I don't think it is going to be sold-out, but if you want (and no other vendor has offered pre-ordering)...

From Baja Bound Insurance, discounted: www.bajabound.com/baja-atlas.php








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[*] posted on 2-16-2021 at 11:30 AM


Wow, that's great news. I have one of the old books of large topo maps. $600??? I could probably part with mine for that much.

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[*] posted on 2-16-2021 at 02:43 PM


who is the author? and Publisher?



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[*] posted on 2-16-2021 at 03:32 PM


Send me one and I'll highlight the rancho roads that should be classed as abandoned. Its a safety issue. Maps should show roads with proper classification.

And thanks, looking forward to a better paper map.
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[*] posted on 2-16-2021 at 03:37 PM


Great news David
I have been printing off your recent posted maps each time I go down and they have been very helpful
Looking forward to it, and soon.

p.s. to John
I too have a couple of the old originals, I will undercut you by a bit and offer mine for a mere $550 each....

p.p.s to Goat....
What does it matter who is the author and publisher
Obviously this falls into the category of creative and helpful
Not snipe, snivel and snark....
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[*] posted on 2-16-2021 at 04:30 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Lance S.  
Arroyo San Julio, the major arroyo west of Catavinia, was labeled La Bocana on the old atlas if I remember correctly. I hope they go with San Julio for the new atlas, that name has some history to it.


The owners of Rancho La Bocana Eco Resort, west of Cataviña may disagree?

I don't remember any discussion about those arroyos being misnamed?? Sorry!!

The arroyos misnamed in the past have been El Volcán (as Zamora) and San Francisquito (as Las Arrastras)... I didn't have much input on geological features. I was mostly into the roads and names of places... plus the missions, El Camino Real, stuff like that!

Let's see how the INEGI map shows the arroyo west of Cataviña...



Pretty clear, west from Cataviña, La Bocana wins the name game!

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[*] posted on 2-16-2021 at 07:49 PM


Awesome, if it is as good as your maps it will be worth buying. I have an atlas, love my E32 maps and OSMAND app on my phone but It's nice having a map to see the big picture.... An updated atlas would be the best of both worlds...

Maybe take preorders and charge a few dollars extra that could go to one of the Baja orphanages? I'm in for one or two however you do it!
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[*] posted on 2-16-2021 at 08:04 PM


Thanks for the interest.
Lance, it would have been fun to know you before this thread. I hope we can learn more from you!
advrider, I am just sharing news with my Baja amigos. I helped edit the maps and that's my only association with the producer.
I am sharing the news because I am excited for this map book.
An official press release will come next month. My amigos here and on Facebook just got an advance tease.




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Quote: Originally posted by thebajarunner  

p.p.s to Goat....
What does it matter who is the author and publisher
Obviously this falls into the category of creative and helpful
Not snipe, snivel and snark....



Wtf is your problem? Why do you care if I am curious?





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[*] posted on 2-16-2021 at 10:18 PM


Goat go eat a tin can and settle down.

Good news DK I'm looking forward to it.
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[*] posted on 2-16-2021 at 11:19 PM


Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing it.


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[*] posted on 2-17-2021 at 07:02 AM


David, this is very good news. Looking forward to receiving my copy. You are always a breath of fresh air on this forum.
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[*] posted on 2-17-2021 at 01:21 PM


Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
who is the author? and Publisher?


The publisher went public today:

https://www.facebook.com/BenchmarkMaps/posts/375458631462119...




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[*] posted on 2-17-2021 at 02:34 PM


Thanks David for the heads-up,
Can we be sure that the INEGI maps are what is presented?
If so I am not sure I want enhancement for the real historical maps
Your personal enhancements are not desired but accepted. I would rather see the enhancements on the updates not the first edition.
I waded thru the facebook link and did not see the product. I guess I will wait for your update.
https://www.facebook.com/BenchmarkMaps/posts/375458631462119...
For sure my old Almanac's are getting pretty worn and new will be a gift for all of us.
Landon Crumpton is the guy we all love for his valuable product.

Do you have hint on cost?
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Quote: Originally posted by David K  

Naturally, I have been wanting to share this news, but couldn't say much until now.

We 'Baja People' have all been hoping for a replacement for the 2009 (and earlier editions) of the Baja California Almanac and Baja California Topo Atlas, from Landon Crumpton.... 1986 to 2009 editions.

While I cannot show you the book cover, yet, I can give you some idea of what it is like and hope to save you from buying any more old Almanacs for $600 on eBay!

Like the 2009 Almanac, the new maps are about the same size, but the book will be a bit thicker. The new Atlas will have more specialty maps and pages on travel information and points of interest.

Topography is full color shaded relief. Classified and unclassified roads and trails are included. As an editor for the maps, I have attempted to correct the many errors that often are on the Mexican government base maps. I have also updated the road information as needed, including showing all the new paved roads, and the dirt roads correctly classified.

The Baja Divide route is featured, and we have added the El Camino Real tracks from Loreto to El Rosario with credit to www.caminorealbaja.com for their 20 years of ground-proofing the true trail routes.

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[*] posted on 2-17-2021 at 03:27 PM


This is great! I love Benchmark's maps. And how cool to be involved in this project, David!!!

Comparing that teaser image with Baja Almanac and INEGI, it looks like Benchmark incorporated pretty much all the road detail of the INEGI maps, but in a much tighter layout:







Can't wait to get a copy!


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[*] posted on 2-17-2021 at 03:40 PM


Thanks Geoofff,
Of course the main thing is the topo data as we find ourselves driving by topo where no roads exist or are at least no documented roads. That is why INEGI maps are so important.
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[*] posted on 2-17-2021 at 04:28 PM


Good job, geoffff!
There is no fooling you on mapping Baja!
You can see one of my contributions on the map, and that would be the Peninsular Pronghorn Reserve. That is just east of 'La Espinita' on the Almanac.

I really like that there are kilometer points on all highways and major roads on these maps as we have done so much on Nomad to share important kilometer points for sites and sideroads here (and on the future Baja Bound Road Guide).

Paul, you will likely be bummed perhaps as the maps do not have contour lines. They use shaded relief to show elevation (is that the correct term, Geoff?).

The suggested retail price (I have seen) is cheaper than my mission book... so it is affordable for the masses!

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[*] posted on 2-17-2021 at 05:38 PM


Folks are going to overload the demand to buy this publication.

BTW, shaded relief is very desirable, but adding contour lines at the same time is first class and much better.

Post the official name for the map book so we all can google it as time approaches.

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It will be posted here and my Facebook pages as soon as I can and since Benchmark has gone public, you know who to contact if you don't come to Nomad anymore.



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[*] posted on 2-17-2021 at 06:36 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
...the maps do not have contour lines. They use shaded relief to show elevation...


Glad I still have my previous editions of the almanac.

A detailed map atlas for boondocking must have topo lines.
Shaded relief is for making maps look pretty, useless for navigation.

Will they publish a more useful version with topography?




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