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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, January 30 2016 11:22 AM UTC +00:00

About

Ibiza and Formentera Tour & Trail Maps are the latest projects by David & Ros Brawn for Discovery Walking Guides Ltd (DWG). At the heart of each Tour & Trail Map is a ‘gps ground survey’ conducted by David & Ros plus the gps records from researching walking routes for a ‘Walk!’ guide book. In October 2015 David & Ros conducted the ‘gps ground survey’ for Ibiza and Formentera.

Ibiza and Formentera are not the usual DWG destinations as they are better known for beach tourism rather than the energetic hiking associated with Walk! guide books. To overcome the lack of walking route research by DWG on Ibiza we are partnering with David & Chris Stewart’s Walking World to include the 39 detailed walking itinererys published by Walking World – 470kms of walking. Add in the ‘Official Mountain Bike Routes’ published by Ibiza island government and it means that we have an additional 734kms of cycling, giving us a total of 1,977kms of detailed gps records and observations to interpret and edit into David’s map design.

Initially we had not planned to survey Formentera but our Ibiza survey had gone so well we found ourselves with more than enough time to gps ground survey Ibiza’s little sister island just 30 minutes south of Evissa on the fast ferry service. We were stunned by the island’s beautiful beaches, clear aquamarine seas, controlled low rise development policy, the network of cycling and walking trails encouraging eco friendly movement around the island. In short Formentera is the beach holiday destination that many people dream about but few people find. The island’s green eco friendly credentials are reflected in Formentera having 12 electric car recharging stations but only 2 petrol stations.

Back in the office after our successful research trip we decided to go ahead with our original plan to produce an Ibiza Tour & Trail Map at 40,000 scale, plus we have enough information to produce a new Formentera Tour & Trail Map at 25,000 scale.

Tour & Trail maps don’t just happen, they involve hundreds of hours interpreting our gps ground survey into a georeferenced map design. Already much of the design work has been done so that we are confident of meeting our February 2016 schedule for printing ahead of the official publication date of 10th March 2016.

“Super-Durable Waterproof” maps are a DWG speciality producing lightweight maps that are incredibly tough. They are not just waterproof but fully adventure proof and at the end of your toughest adventure your Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map will fold up like new again; also our maps are easy to unfold and, more importantly, fold up again to their pocket size thanks to our special ‘concertina map fold’ incorporated into every map we produce.

If you are fed up with paper maps that split along the folds, soak up water like a sponge, and generally fall apart when least convenient, then you should get a Super-Durable Map to find out what you have been missing – just see our ‘reader reviews’ to see how users love Super-Durable Maps.

Super-Durable starts by us choosing the specialist material Polyart, which consists of a plastic substrate, which then has china clay heat fused to the surfaces to produce a lightweight sheet that feels like silk but is tough as old boots. Unfortunately Polyart is expensive, many times more expensive than printing on a specialist map paper. Also Polyart is more flexible than paper making it difficult to print onto accurately. For over a decade we have partnered with the UK’s leading specialist map printer Victoria Litho in using Polyart for our maps. We have to use special 100% oxygenation inks (more expense) combined with ensuring each print layer dries before the next is applied, with extra ‘offset’ being applied at the end of the print process. Map design has also been modified through a combination of colours and colour densities to ensure the finished map design performs at its best during the print process. With all this extra expense, and technical difficulties to overcome, Why do we produce Super-Durable Maps? – because the users of our maps love them, again read our ‘reader reviews’ – Its called ‘Going the extra mile.’.

Digital editions of DWG’s Tour & Trail Maps are available as Custom Map digital editions in kmz format for use with Google Earth and Garmin Basecamp software. Garmin users can then load these Custom Map editions into their garmin gps giving them real time map navigation using the detail of our Tour & Trail Maps. Custom Map digital editions will be available from DWG’s website and are also included in our Kickstarter project. Users wishing to use Tour & Trail digital maps in other gps devices and software are recommended to invest a small amount in John Thorn’s Mapc2Mapc software to convert DWG’s Custom Maps into other digital formats.

Digital editions of Tour & Trail Maps are also available for the Viewranger and MyTrails gps apps for 3/4G phones. Viewranger is the leading UK gps app, probably Europe’s leading gps app, and having won design awards in America possibly the world’s leading gps phone app. DWG are pleased to have partnered with Craig and Mike’s Viewranger (Augmentra) team based at Cambridge UK. Viewranger and MyTrails digital editions of Ibiza and Formentera Tour & Trail Maps are not included in our Kickstarter project.

Risks and challenges

No project can be ‘risk free’ but we believe that our Ibiza & Formentera Tour & Trail Super-Durable Maps project is 99.99% certain to complete on time with just a 0.01% chance (one in ten thousand) of missing our publication deadline of 10 March 2016.

Our high level of optimism is justified by us having completed numerous cartographic projects on time. Ibiza & Formentera map designs are 85-90% complete as we post this project on Kickstarter. We partner with the best people in their business specialities. We have known David & Chris Stewart of Walking World from before their business went live to them now becoming the UK’s number one on-line walking resource, the gps off-tarmac walking route information for Ibiza is first class. Victoria Litho are the UK’s leading map printer and over the years we have worked closely with Andy Wilson’s team to solve any problems that arise so that with many projects behind us we have confidence in completing Ibiza and Formentera map printing on time. If there is one foreseeable glitch it could be delivery of the Polyart from the factory in France, so we will make sure Victoria Litho order well in time so the material is in place for our map designs to go on the presses in mid-Feb 2016. Custom Maps from DWG have suffered hiccups in 2015 as the servers hosting our website get inexplicably ‘black listed’ by isps but with our experience this year we have a guaranteed work-around that we can apply in 2016 should we get problems.

So we have all the bases covered, which only leaves AoG which is that 0.01% so you can confidently participate in our Rewards on offer in this project with 99.99% confidence that your Rewards will arrive on time, and those Rewards will be ahead of our publication date of 10 March 2016 when the new maps, printed and digital, will be going on sale at ₤8.99 each.

Of course just should that 0.01% AoG occur we will keep you updated through this Kickstarter project.

Wishing you all the best.
David & Ros Brawn
Discovery Walking Guides Ltd

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