Well, last quarter's Map Mania puzzler was obviously a little bit easier than the one before it. The issue wasn't out a week when in came the winning ticket, with all the locations correctly placed. As promised, David Rogers 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 3-D DEM: Tassajara Hot Springs 7.5' Quadrangle
"Old" Indian Valley Camp, near the intersection of the Marble Peak and Higgins Creek Trails
Lost Valley Camp
Higgins Cabin Site
"Old" Indian Valley
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 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. To grease the skids a little we've given a sort of hint in that the snippet lies somewhere within the topography covered by the DEM, and if this doesn't give it away look to the Lost Trails feature in this issue for yet more help.
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 query? 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
For the small topo snippet, identify the location of the segment any way
For the larger DEM, name each of the geographic features designated by the
numbers 1 through 4.