Hillmap: Find a new line (or learn more about your favorite trail)Hillmap.com is a free and powerful mapping website that allows you to create & print high-quality topo maps, share your maps and trails with your trip partners, calculate slope, check the weather & snowpack and upload & dowload gpx files among other tools. The basic tools are described below.
Hillmap seeks to combine as much map data as possible in one place and to provide tools of interest to skiers, hikers, climbers and other backcountry travelers that make it easier, faster and more fun to plan new backcountry trips.
Getting started with hillmapThe hillmap webpage opens with a split screen of two maps, and a header that opens up a variety of tools you can use to customize a map, analyze terrain and derive more information about your trip.
|Red circle: Search button|
Red arrows: Drop down menues to pick different map layers
Blue arrow: Zoom
Begin to customize your map by finding a starting location. You can either use the search tool in the upper right hand corner, or zoom in on your starting location.
When you've found the starting location, choose your map layer (described in detail below) from the drop down list.
At this point, you can print your map, check the weather, share a link or plot a path.
|Starting to zoom in on Mount Rainier|
Hillmap's most useful functions are located in the different tabs at the top of the page: Points, Paths, Overlays, IO and Settings. The tools under each tab let you explore your map in more depth.
PointsClick anywhere on the map for more data at that point. See latitude, longitude, slope, elevation and a link to the weather forecast at that point.
PathsBuild a path on the map by clicking on screen. You can share a link to your path, print a map, or export the route to your gps. You can also check the path profile for the elevation changes of your path; this feature is also useful for checking the line of sight.
IO or OverlaysThe Input Output (IO) tab is renamed Overlay in the beta version of hillmap. The IO tab is the power center of hillmap with different map analysis tools. You can overlay different map layers to drill down and look at slope, snowpack, weather radar and tree coverage from the satellite view.
Print and ShareCustomize your map by zooming in on your area of interest. Pick the map layer that reveals the detail most useful for your trip. Create a link to share with your trip buddies or to save the map & route. Print your map for free and have a great trip!
|Share url screen|
Red rectangle: copy the entire url to share - highlight the long url to copy (don't be scared by the "can't change the url address symbol")
Green rectangle: copy the html code to embed the map in another website or your blog
You may only use hillmap.com if you agree to the statement belowSelf reliance is an essential feature of backcountry travel. Much of the map data
available here and elsewhere is out of date, of low resolution or just plain wrong.
Gather as much data as possible before you enter the backcountry but be prepared
to revise your plans if conditions and terrain you encounter do not match what you
are prepared for. Seek education from a qualified instructor before entering avalanche
Hillmap is released free of charge as beta software in the hope that it will be
useful, but without any warranty; without even the implied warranty of merchantability
or fitness for a particular purpose.
ContactIf you have any questions, comments, criticisms, requests or bug reports please
contact us at email@example.com.