Fall Equinox 1998 || Volume I, Number 2


Well, we have to say that the response to last quarter's map puzzler was a little on the disappointing side. In fact, not long ago we were all sitting around the office eating donuts, drinking coffee and sadly ruminating on the possiblility of our entire reader base being comprised solely of topographic illiterati. But wouldn't you know it, right then in comes an email with 6 out of the 7 locations placed correctly. That's plenty good for first place in these parts. As promised, Wynn Kageyama can now boast a copy of the Wilderness Act Handbook of 1998 as part of his library, and there's another of the same offered up for the winner of this issue's contest.

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

The Snippet: 
  • NEQ if Section 36, T20S R5E, USGS Reliz Canyon 7.5' Quadrangle -- In layman's terms, east of Junipero Serra Peak and south of Bear Mountain.
The 3-D DEM: Big Sur 7.5' Quadrangle 
  1. Post Summit
  2. Duveneck's Hole
  3. Pico Blanco
  4. Bottchers Gap
  5. Skinner Ridge
  6. Devils Peak

In light of the apparent trouble most had with the last topographic challenge, we've decided to tone this one down a notch or two to make it more enjoyable. The rules of the game are spelled out below, just as before. Also, a couple of hints are being offered up -- for the DEM graphic locations see this quarter's Lost Trails of the Ventana, and the snippet falls somewhere within the area covered by the DEM.

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 piece 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.

Here's what we ask of you:

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 ask? Well, Gordon has generously offered up an item from his own personal library: a brand new copy of the super-informative Wilderness Act Handbook of 1998. This classic handbook is invaluable for the wilderness advocate. It contains a section-by-section explanation of the Wilderness Act, including the law in its entirety, with an analysis of subsequent legislation that has influenced the designation or management of wilderness. Important wilderness management issues are included. The Handbook also contains short milestone references to significant wilderness events through 1998 and a brief description of The Wilderness Society mission and regional structure. As you can see the stakes in this game are high, so pull out all those dog-eared topos of yours and get to work!
OK, got it all figured out? Email your answers to Gordon at  gjohnson@c-zone.net

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