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Let's create and print a wall map that shows all the hiking trails in California! Mark what you've done and dream about the rest.
Success! We made a map that you can hang on your wall showing thousands of hiking trails from all across California!
Success! We made a map that you can hang on your wall showing thousands of hiking trails from all across California!
431 backers pledged $11,631 to help bring this project to life.

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Backers, thanks for the help!!
Backers, thanks for the help!!

So this Kickstarter Campaign is a wrap! Thank you SO much to all those that support this project. I'll be hard at work making it happen. I believe there will be a Post-Campaign Kickstarter site (called Spotlight) reachable from this page. I can also be reached at https://www.facebook.com/cahikingmap/. The project as a whole will eventually migrate to www.californiahikingmap.com (under construction).

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I'm making a wall map of California featuring all the hiking trails in the entire state! Would you like one on YOUR wall?

Every corner of the state on one map!
Every corner of the state on one map!

One of my favorite things about hiking is the trip planning. I love pouring over published maps, topo quads, and trip reports looking for the next amazing adventure. Sometimes I get in trouble for dreaming about future trips while I'm in the middle of a hike.

Chambers Creek Trail
Chambers Creek Trail

I also enjoy keeping track of where I've been. My wife and I have done this by scribbling puffy paint on national forest wall maps to fill in the trails that we have been on. I didn't have enough room on my walls to fit the printed map of every national forest, national park, state park, county park, city park, etc. so I decided to look for a map of the entire State of California that had all the hiking trails mapped and labeled.

There wasn't one.

So I decided to make one!

Oh, the places you'll go!
Oh, the places you'll go!

Fast forward a year and a half and it's almost finished! It took hundreds of hours worth of GIS development, digitizing, research, cartography, reinventing the wheel, and editing. The final product is shaping up to be a 40in wide x 60in tall comprehensive wall map of California that shows and labels as many hiking trails as possible.

With any sort of printing, volume helps push down the cost of the final product and makes it accessible to more people. Funds collected will help finance the offset printing of this map. I certainly want this map to be reasonably priced for anyone who wants to obtain one. I also want to ship the maps rolled up as opposed to folded because I want them to look great on your wall.

At the COOA Christmas Party!
At the COOA Christmas Party!

I hope that you will have the chance to stare at this wall map and feel inspired to hit the trail. Maybe it will help you find a new trail that you didn't know existed in your own back yard? I know you'll want to keep it in good condition but I hope it ends up getting marked up with puffy paint and push pins like mine will be.

Risks and challenges

This project is all about printing a beautiful and inspiring map. I have performed preliminary work on acquiring printing, shipping, and packaging quotes. I have been working with a local printing service to print and re-print drafts so that I can review them and assure that the map will truly look great on you wall.

The two major milestones that we are contending with are:

1. Finishing the map. I have been working on the building blocks of this map for over a year and a half now. I'm comfortable with where I'm at now and I have a good idea what it will take to finish it.

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2. Printing the maps. As I previously stated, I've been working on obtaining quotes and have even printed some mock drafts. I am comfortable with this process once the map is finished.

If there are any unexpected delays in the project, I will communicate clearly and honestly with my backers.

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    The map! One awesome 40in x 60in wall map showing all the trails in California.

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    I'll rush to you an early cut of the California Hiking Map along with 20 unique CA stationary postcards. Photos by yours truly! I will also research and send you a personalized hiking trip plan based on your desired region.

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    Thank you! In addition to the awesome map, 20 personally designed postcards with gorgeous California landscape photographs, and a personalized hiking trip plan, I will make sure you get a custom CA Hiking Map hiking / backpacking stuff sack.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    The gift basket package! 5 prints of the California Hiking Map (one for you, 4 to gift to other awesome folks). Also, it comes with 5 ready-to-gift packs of 20 unique CA landscape-studded postcards. You also get a custom "CA Hiking Map" stuff sack.

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    Super Star Supporter!

    I will send you a premium version of the California Hiking Map in your choice of rolled canvas, vinyl, or laminated cardstock. You also get a standard print of the map along with 20 postcards and a CA Hiking Map stuff sack. What else? You or your group will get kudos and thanks on every copy of the map!

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Want to sponsor on behalf of an organization or company? I will save a parcel of map real estate for your logo! Reach an audience of California hiking enthusiasts. I will also send you a standard and premium (your choice of laminated cardstock, rolled canvas, or vinyl) edition of the map.

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    Your help is super-appreciated! You get a standard and premium print of the map, all the awesome swag (stuff sack, 5 20-packs of the postcards), an EXTRA BOLD acknowledgment on every copy of the map, and...I will personally guide a day hike or overnight backpacking trip with you and your group of friends or family. Anywhere in CA. I'll come with interesting knowledge of the local geography and ecology (I was an outdoor-environmental instructor for 3 years, don'tcha know?). I'll even carry your heavy tent and cook an awesome camp dinner or trail lunch. Map to be sent in March. The timing of the trip is negotiable based on your schedule and where you want to go.

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