WASHINGTON (Dec. 4, 2003)—Outdoor enthusiasts interested in finding their way off the beaten path to hunting or fishing grounds, hiking trails, scenic byways and other remote locales have a valuable new resource in National Geographic’s Back Roads Explorer. This 17-disc USA recreational atlas on CD-ROM combines seamless 1:100,000-scale USGS topographic maps with the most current road information available, provided by the Geographic Data Technology (GDT)® Dynamap database. To help people find their way to their destinations, Back Roads Explorer couples rich data with many dynamic tools, including the ability to customize maps in several ways, print photo-quality maps and create an interactive digital scrapbook with personal field notes, Web links and photos. Users can also download maps to any Palm or Pocket PC and create personal routes by uploading points of interest to a GPS.
Back Roads Explorer is available where software is sold, at outdoor specialty retailers and online at nationalgeographic.com/maps. Suggested retail price is $59.95 — far below the retail price for competitive products.
“Keeping outdoor enthusiasts and sportsmen in mind, we developed a product that would provide practical, hands-on information to help travelers plan their ultimate back roads trip,” said Fran Marshall, president of National Geographic Maps. “With its many useful tools and features, practical scale and compatibility with handheld GPS devices, Back Roads Explorer is the definitive resource for anyone who wants to take the road less traveled and explore the hidden treasures of America’s great outdoors.”
Powered by TOPO!®, National Geographic’s award-winning map software, Back Roads Explorer features include:
-Seamless 1:100,000 scale USGS topographic maps for the entire United States
-Up-to-date road and highway information from GDT’s Dynamap 2003 database
-3-D shaded relief to help visualize changes in elevation
-USA Place Finder, providing more than 2 million points of interest for your GPS
-Ability to scroll seamlessly from map to map, create elevation profiles and add layers of custom information to the USGS base map
-Split screen to create digital scrapbook with notes, photos and Web links tied to the map
-Easily downloadable maps for a Palm or Pocket PC
-GPS compatible: Garmin/Magellan/Lowrance/Eagle
Back Roads Explorer, combined with the National Geographic TOPO! state series products, provides unparalleled coverage of the United States. Each TOPO! state series CD-ROM set, available for all 50 U.S. states for $99.95 each, is packed with even more detailed USGS topographic information at 1:24,000 scale. Enhanced with digital data and local information, the software helps travelers and outdoor sports enthusiasts create their own customized trails and easily navigate their way through national parks and favorite outdoor destinations.
Back Roads Explorer runs on Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME and XP, and is compatible with most popular GPS receivers, Palm or Pocket PC handhelds. Users can print specific areas or entire maps on any size printer supported by Windows. 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.
National Geographic Maps employs 60 full-time cartographers, who produce five map supplements and about 100 page maps a year for National Geographic magazine, the official journal of the Society. NG Maps also produces maps for the Society’s other magazines, National Geographic Books (including the Society’s signature “Atlas of the World”), National Geographic Television & Film, Nationalgeographic.com (both the Web site www.nationalgeographic.com and CD-ROM products) and the Society’s educational products. In addition, NG Maps produces Trails Illustrated maps, TOPO! digital maps, globes, wall maps, reference maps, state maps, city and recreational destination maps, and atlases. Maps are available to members and the public.
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