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For hiking tours, a printed map is way more comfortable for people to gather around and discuss the way. And it does not drain batterie ...



but a printed map is battered by the rain


Most of my hiking maps are printed on Tyvek or the equivalent.

And in any case a map is a piece of safety equipment - you spec if for the worst case scenario.


Classical paper maps yes. I manage to trash them after one hike even without rain.

But nowdays you get them coated in a plastic layer ... very nice, water proof and durable.

edit: or like the othe commenter mentioned, it is not a plastic layer and rather plastic itself called Tyvek or similar


Map holders are a thing




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