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[*] posted on 3-22-2021 at 11:00 PM


Time for another comparison!


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[*] posted on 3-23-2021 at 08:26 AM


Thanks Geoffff,
The new version is substandard IMO
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[*] posted on 3-23-2021 at 10:02 AM


I love that there is a new version for sale. I got my old one from Geoff maybe 5 years ago. Thanks!

In DK’s preview of Mulege above, I counted five runways. Of those, four have been closed for probably 10 years. Are they left on maps as landmarks, or?
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[*] posted on 3-23-2021 at 10:07 AM


That is my guess or that they will reopen someday? I didn't even know the Punta San Pedro runway existed (just north of Bob & Susan's Playa Frambes)? The runways are from the Mexican government maps... and I am only counting four?


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[*] posted on 3-23-2021 at 10:53 AM


Quote: Originally posted by PaulW  
Thanks Geoffff,
The new version is substandard IMO


Sure, but, what is the standard? The old Baja Almanac? The old BA had actual topo lines, which - yes - I do miss in the new Benchmark map. On the other hand, the new Benchmark map's printing quality is certainly sharper, and I think it's generally easier to read.

Benchmark bills itself as a 1:300,000 map. The INEGI 1:50,000 map will certainly be worlds better in detail, but printing it would take reams of paper. I carry the INEGI 50k maps in my computer, but a paper map is much easier to plan with.

Benchmark's 1:300,000 map is better than INEGI's equivalent - their 1:250,000 map. Well, again, except for not having actual topo lines :(


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[*] posted on 3-23-2021 at 11:12 AM


I see no mileage logs between road junctions, or topo contours, though the kilometer markers and numerous symbols for elevation of mountain peaks makes up for that, somewhat. This map appears to be much better than anything currently on the market at a reasonable cost.

Crumpton's map was the best. He shows some mines that are not even on the INEGI source maps. The guy was a genius. However, even his BCA was not perfect. I have discovered a few errors on the 2009 BCA myself, when lost out in the boondocks. It will be interesting to see if they caught them.
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[*] posted on 3-23-2021 at 12:41 PM


There is no doubt that Landon had a great product... he drove many of the roads and that gave us mileage figures on his maps... Some were off and his latitude numbers on several pages were wrong. Nothing is perfect and if you try and do it all, by yourself, mistakes won't get caught.

I have you Nomads to thank for helping me fix typos or errors in my maps or road logs... More eyes are better than just two!

As we can see, the Benchmark maps are beautiful and clear... the terrain is also like looking down from space, so while it is not a contour filled topo map, it should be acceptable as a "road and recreation" map for planning or following a path. In any case, this is it... as Landon left us and his original work files location is unknown.

Benchmark started from scratch with the same source as Landon had and with my field work of Baja travels and staying abreast of conditions in Baja (off Nomad, Facebook, etc.), I did my best to correct or add to the base maps with the details that make maps fun and functional.

We did three major edit runs the past few months and the final one was last week (showing Coco's new location was one new edit)... Now, I won't see if they use all of my edits until we all see the new Atlas, in May.

Anyone who doesn't do Amazon, Benchmark will be taking pre-orders beginning in about a week.




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[*] posted on 3-23-2021 at 12:45 PM


INEGI was good for the day when based on areo pictures in the 1960s. Of course most of the roads from today are missing and the roads and trails back then are mostly obsolete and takeover by nature.
This is not an issue for map readers who mostly care about the topo lines, water drainage's, etc. When the Almanac was not good enough to make our way the INEGI was the backup.

I have been finding road and trails for years using topo maps and many of you have benefited from that effort. Topo lines, river/water tell me where the real roads and trails are.

The dumbing down of the Atlas presentation for beauty is a step in the wrong direction. Getting rid of shadowing and adding proper contour lines along with updated trails, roads/km, and water courses would have been the best.
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[*] posted on 3-23-2021 at 01:17 PM


What did a great president once say? You can't please all the people, all the time!

Paul, these people at Benchmark have been great to work with... if the Atlas does well, maybe we can get more products made by them? A backpacker inspired set of topo maps could be one... I am already pushing them for a wall map, ala Mike McMahan.




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[*] posted on 3-23-2021 at 01:23 PM


Of course they will do well. there is nothing else to compare. And that will discourage them from improvement.
Don't call me a backpacker. I am an off roader.
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[*] posted on 3-23-2021 at 04:42 PM


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I am already pushing them for a wall map, ala Mike McMahan.

Ohhh with all the detail of the book version (that would be cool)?

If it were to the same scale, how big would the map be?


I had the full, uncut sheet in my home for one of the edits, maybe 8 feet?

They can size it anyway they want... the issue would be the text size for reading the map on a wall, but I do have the Mike McMahan wall maps in the room here with me (2 of them) and the original Lower California Guidebook scale works well, on a 5 ft. map.

Here is the wall map image as it appears on the back of Mike's book (1972 edition map)...





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[*] posted on 3-24-2021 at 05:41 AM


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What did a great president once say? You can't please all the people, all the time!


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[*] posted on 3-24-2021 at 07:57 AM


Nomads... there may be another source for early (pre) orders, and maybe will be cheaper than Amazon, so stand by for news on that!

The book's release date is planned for May 5 (Cinco de Mayo).




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[*] posted on 3-25-2021 at 10:45 AM
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They are taking pre-orders now... others likely to offer deals, soon! :light:




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[*] posted on 3-25-2021 at 05:56 PM


Pre-orders on Amazon are now down to $26.95. fyi



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[*] posted on 3-25-2021 at 06:57 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Landon left us and his original work files location is unknown.


Any reason to look into this further, or do you feel all possible follow-up has been exhausted by now?

Just curious.




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[*] posted on 3-25-2021 at 07:02 PM


Quote: Originally posted by lencho  
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Pre-orders on Amazon are now down to $26.95. fyi

Isn't that list price? Were they actually priced higher than list previously? :o


The combination of mis-reading the part of tax included on the Amazon $29.29, along with DK indicating a potentially lower pre-order price and then posting a link to the publisher's website, which had it at $26.95.... led to a quick - and bad - assumption. Thought I was being helpful. :::sigh:::

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[*] posted on 3-26-2021 at 08:33 AM


I am trying to be fair with my insider information... so do read between the lines when I say a better deal 'might be coming' for ordering or pre-ordering. My Nomad amigos, who have tolerated me with 60,000+ posts since 2002, will always get notification of a special deal!

The book hasn't even been printed yet, but I bet the publisher is happy with the enthusiasm seen here and on Facebook. No doubt that Amazon is informing them of pre-orders, too! Right now, the cartographers at Benchmark are performing the final edit suggestions I provided them last week (including Coco's moving his Corner) and the printing begins in a couple weeks. Release date is now estimated to me May 5... I don't think it was on purpose to be Cinco de Mayo!??

Hey, if you are wanting a Baja book or books mailed to you sooner, then look at the six titles available at www.oldmissions.com ! Many are marked way below the list price and all are brand new, uncirculated books from authors Harry Crosby, Mike Humfreville, Daniel Reveles, Max Kurillo, and some guy named David Kier!
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[*] posted on 4-8-2021 at 08:43 AM


Baja Bound Insurance has just announced a special price for the new Atlas ($20, limit 5 per customer): https://www.bajabound.com/baja-atlas.php



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[*] posted on 4-8-2021 at 02:34 PM


David, I am curious to know if the UTM grid https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Transverse_Mercator_... is used in the new map book? As I like the utm grid better. Also, when will the maps be mailed, and how long is the $20 price good until?

I do not see
The Cave Paintings of Baja California

by Harry W. Crosby
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