The Double Cone Quarterly
Window to the Wilderness
Summer Solstice 2001 || Volume IV, Number 2

M A P   M A N I A !

Test Your Topographic Know-How
by Phil Williamson

Well, it seems like last issue's Map Mania puzzle wasn't quite challenging enough, so we've decided to kick it up a notch and give all you clinically-certifiable Map Maniacs something to really sink your snaggly teeth into. In addition to the traditional map snippets, we've brought back the popular Digital Elevation Models (DEMs), and have added a diabolical new challenge: this time we're asking you to identify a well-known Wilderness location from an aerial photograph. Have we come up with a puzzle worthy of our maphead members? Is it still not tough enough? Or have we finally gone too far? Let us know what you think.

When you've got it all straightened out, send your list of answers via email to , with the first one to correctly identify all the locations being the Master Map Maniac. So what's in it for the Master Map Maniac, you ask? 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 humiliating the competition. Last quarter's copy went to Brian Donahue of San Ramon, who was the first to solve the last Map Mania challenge. Here are his correct answers:

Snippet #1 -- Cooper Point, sec 27
Snippet #2 -- Tassajara, Black Cone Trail, sec 35
Snippet #3 -- Dutra Flat
Snippet #4 -- Pine Creek Camp, E of Mt. Carmel
Snippet #5 -- Lost Valley Camp, sec 32
Snippet #6 -- Black cone, sec 1

Now pull out all those dog-eared topos of yours and get to work!



Below you'll find three snippets from the various 7.5' USGS topographic quads that cover the northern Santa Lucia. Each snippet represents a unique and describable place somewhere on the Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest. Identifying text may or may not have been removed from any or all of the snippets to enhance the difficulty of your task. We're not here to make things easy for you!

You know the drill: describe the location of each of the snippets as best you can, using either actual placenames or your best geographic description.

Snippet 1
Snippet 2
Snippet 3



DEM 1 below is a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of an entire USGS 7.5' quad (tilted almost horizontal) showing a section of the Big Sur Coast. Identify the quad and points 1, 2, and 3 by name.

DEM 2 is also a model of an entire 7.5' quad, rotated in a random direction and tilted at a crazy angle in a calculated effort to confuse and disorient. Identify the quad and points 1, 2 and 3 by name.





Below is an aerial photograph of a well-known location within the boundaries of the Ventana Wilderness. To make it a little easier we've included a scale and a Section corner (the red cross) which is shown on the USGS quad covering the area. North is at the top of the image. Identify the place in the photo by name.


OK, think you have it all figured out? Email your answers to us at .

As always, we welcome your comments, suggestions, praise and abuse. Drop us a line .

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