The Double Cone Quarterly
Window to the Wilderness
Fall Equinox 1999 || Volume II, Number 3


MAP MANIA!
Test your Topographic Know-how

Well, the response to the last Map Mania puzzle was discouraging at best. While it was challenging, which we readily admit, we had no idea that it was that challenging. Not a single participant came up with the correct answers, so it looks like last quarter's copy of the Wilderness Act Handbook stays on the shelf. After much deliberation we, the members of the Map Mania Committee, have decided that we'd better bring it down a notch, so you should have an easier go of it this time around. We've also included a text-based puzzle for those of you that work better with the left side of your brain, but you'll still have to shake that trail dust out of you ears and put your mind to it, so have at it.

But First, the answers to last quarter's Map Mania puzzle:

The Snippet: 

  • Lies on an the unnamed southerly fork of the San Antonio River, 1.5 miles due south of the Avila Ranch.
The 3-D DEM: Cone Peak 7.5' Quadrangle
  1. The rock formation above above and behind The Indians Guard Station
  2. The Avila Ranch
  3. The Merle Ranch

OK, here's the game: both graphics below correspond to actual places somewhere within the Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest. The first one is a small snippet of one of the various USGS 7.5' topographic quads which cover the area. The second, larger, graphic is what is called a digital elevation map (DEM) which is essentially derived from the information on the 7.5' quads, only rendered in 3-D. The DEM in this case represents an entire 7.5' quad. Here's a big hint -- the location of the snippet is generally visible on the DEM and falls within that same 7.5' quad.

This quarter's new puzzle is a listing of the coastal streams of the Northern Santa Lucia. As you'll quickly see (we hope!) they're all mixed up and in no particular order. Good luck!

Here's what we ask of you:

  • For the small topo snippet, identify the location of the segment any way you can.
  • For the larger DEM, name each of the camps that are designated by the numbers 1 through 4.
  • For the textual problem, arrange the stream and river names in the order they actually appear on the coast, beginning at the north and working southward.
When you've got all this figured out, send your findings by email to  Gordon Johnson , with the first one to correctly identify all the locations being the Big Winner. So what's in it for the Big Winner, you query? Well, we just received a few more copies of the Wilderness Handbook, so the winner can expect one of these fine and super-informative booklets in the mailbox shortly after dominating the competition. So pull out all those dog-eared topos of yours and get to work!

The Coastal Streams of the Northern Santa Lucia

Castro
Gibson
Salmon
Willow
Burns
Plaskett
Wild Cattle
Spruce
Mud
San Carpoforo
Anderson
Palo Colorado
Little Sur
Sycamore
Carmel
Graves
San Jose
Bixby
Big Sur
Mill
Soberanes
Malpaso
Garapata
Torre
Prewitt
Granite
Lime
Partington
Lime Kiln
Wildcat
Kirk
Rocky
Lafler
Doud
Hot Springs
McWay
Vicente
Redwood
Dolan
Big Creek
Alder
Grimes
Buck
Villa
Rat

OK, think you have it all figured out? Email your answers to Gordon at  gjohnson@c-zone.net

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