Paper’s not dead! Ordnance Survey upgrades maps

June 6, 2014

Tri-laminate sandwich with GPS data for dessert
MapAs much as we love our gadgets, when it comes to navigation there’s little more reliable than a paper map and analog compass.  For that reason, the Ordnance Survey is continuing to develop and improve their long-running printed maps, piloting a new model with Brecon Beacons maps OL12 and OL13.

Something for everyone
Something for everyone

The result of surveys, focus groups, and the observations of users in the field, OS’ new Explorer Map + is printed on stronger paper than ever before- a “tri-laminate sandwich,” with paper as the bread and a synthetic as the filling.  This change makes the maps more durable (especially when wet) and should still allow for route marking and the easy addition of new discoveries.  Also included with each map is a 14-day subscription to the OS Getamap service, providing access to online mapping resources.

Beware maps carrying spears
Which is more disturbing:
the map with the spear or the one with the sagging buttocks?

The OS is continually looking to improve their products and encourages anyone who tries the Explorer Map + package to get in touch with any feedback, further improving the breed.

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