NEW YORK (June 1, 2007)–National Geographic’s Weekend Explorer 3D series offers outdoor enthusiasts detailed topographic maps and tools that enable them to plan hiking, biking and camping adventures in recreation areas right outside their back door. More people are engaging in outdoor pursuits close to home, and Weekend Explorer 3D enables them to create their own maps for day trips and weekend adventures. Weekend Explorer 3D’s customizable topographic maps are the perfect companion to local outdoor guide books. Users can add trails and other information to their maps, fly along their route in 3-D, use the maps with the GPS, and navigate their way with updated streets and roads.
The 21 regions in the Weekend Explorer 3D series are:
– Albuquerque-Santa Fe areas, Taos, Santa Fe, Carson national forests
– Atlanta area, Chattahoochee National Forest, Lake Lanier, Chattooga Wild and Scenic River
– Boise area, Sawtooth, Boise and Payette national forests
– Boston area, Cape Cod, Rhode Island
– Denver area and Front Range
– Las Vegas area, Spring Mountains, Lake Mead, Mojave National Preserve, Zion National Park
– Los Angeles area, Los Padres, Angeles and San Bernardino national forests
– Minneapolis-St. Paul areas, Boundary Waters, Apostle Islands
– Nashville area, Big South Fork, Land Between the Lakes, South Cumberland area
– New York City area, Catskills, Hudson Valley and Poconos
– Phoenix area and Tonto, Prescott, Kaibab and Coconino national forests
– Pittsburgh area, Youghiogheny River Gorge, Moraine State Park, Allegheny National Forest
– Portland area, Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens
– Sacramento-Reno-Lake Tahoe areas, Northern/Central Sierra Nevada, Mother Lode region
– Salt Lake City area, Wasatch Range, Uinta Mountains
– San Antonio-Austin areas, Texas Hill Country
– San Diego area, Anza-Borrego, Santa Rosa Mountains
– San Francisco Bay area, Big Sur, Napa Valley
– Seattle area and Central Cascades
– Tucson area, Saguaro National Park, Coronado National Forest
– Washington, D.C.-Baltimore areas, Chesapeake Bay, C&O Canal, Northern Blue Ridge Mountains, Allegheny Mountains
The Weekend Explorer 3D series is compatible with a PC or Mac. Weekend Explorer 3D is available at outdoor specialty retailers and map stores. It can be ordered online at www.ngmapstore.com or by calling (800) 962-1643. Suggested retail price is $29.95. Book Expo attendees can view Weekend Explorer 3D at the National Geographic Maps booth #4517.
Weekend Explorer 3D provides five levels of map detail, including two sets of National Geographic atlas layers and detailed USGS 1:500,000-, 1:100,000- and 1:24,000-scale maps. The software enables users to get the latest available USGS quad maps and updated road information through a Live Map Update feature that automatically detects whether there are new maps or roads in the user’s area and delivers the new information via a free download.
The 3-D Fly-thru and view feature allows users to visualize the trail before they go, with resizable split screens that show 2-D and 3-D images simultaneously. Users can also generate elevation profiles to see the length of the trail as well as elevation gain or loss along the way.
GPS users can transfer waypoints and routes between a GPS unit and the software, as well as store, organize and manage an unlimited number of waypoints. They can document their adventure by adding photos and notes to the maps, turn on shaded relief to reinforce land features or add latitude/longitude or UTM grids to the maps. The USA Place Finder helps users search for rivers, lakes, parks, campgrounds, towns and more.
Weekend Explorer 3D is compatible with Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP, NT and Vista, and Macintosh OS 10.2 and above. Users can print photo-quality maps on any size printer supported by these systems. Maps can also be printed on National Geographic’s waterproof, tear-resistant Adventure Paper, designed for use with home ink-jet printers and available in a variety of sizes for a suggested retail price of $19.95. The software is compatible with most popular handheld GPS receivers, including Garmin, Magellan, Lowrance and Eagle as well as the X9, X9i and X9Mi wrist-top units by Suunto.
National Geographic Maps was established as a division of the National Geographic Society in 1915 and has been producing maps for National Geographic magazine and other Society media for more than 90 years. National Geographic Maps produces Trails Illustrated maps, TOPO! outdoor recreation mapping software, globes, wall maps, reference maps, state maps, city and recreational destination maps, professional software and atlases. For more information on National Geographic Maps, visit maps.nationalgeographic.com.
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