PRESS RELEASE | Announcing the launch of GeoPDF maps for print and navigation

Posted on Nov 13, 2019
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Sapporo City, Japan | Popular Hokkaido adventure website HokkaidoWilds.org announced Wednesday the launch of a new line of online topographical maps in GeoPDF format. Users of the site can download the PDFs for free, and can see their current location in real time using the free Avenza Maps™ app for iPhone and Android. Users can still download the PDF maps to print using home or convenience store printers.

Aimed at backcountry skiers, hikers, and canoeists, the GeoPDF topographical maps are available on the site as well as the Avenza Maps™ mapstore. Avenza Maps™ mapstore is trusted by big-name map producers such as National Geographic and the US Forestry Service. Our GeoPDF topographical maps are available for all ski, hike, and canoe routes published on HokkaidoWilds.org after October 31st 2019. Routes published earlier than this date will be updated with GeoPDFs as time allows.

Example GeoPDFs (see our Avenza Mapstore here: https://www.avenzamaps.com/vendor/4777

Map licensing – Like all content on HokkaidoWilds.org, all the site’s maps are available for re-use by third-parties under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license – the maps can be re-used, distributed, sold, and adapted even for commercial purposes (details here: https://hokw.jp/attri).

About HokkaidoWilds.org | The Hokkaido Wilds is a non-profit website that exists to inspire people to explore and enjoy Hokkaido and the surrounding areas’ extraordinary outdoors by ski, bicycle, foot and canoe in an informed and responsible way. In addition to detailed written route guides with great photography, we also provide GPS route files, custom English-language GeoPDF topographical maps (using Japan government map data), and safety notes. HokkaidoWilds.org enjoys the support of a number of local Hokkaido NPOs and tourism promotion bureaus.

PDF version of press release: English | Japanese

Contact
Rob Thomson (Founder, HokkaidoWilds.org)
TEL: +81 (0)80-4228-6132 (Japan mobile)
Email: rob@hokkaidowilds.org
Instagram: @hokkaidowilds

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ADVANCED FILTERS

Filter by location

About Filters

REGION: The general mountain/geographical region the route is in.

BEST MONTH(S): Time of year a route is suited to visiting. Some pop all season, some are more limited.

DIFFICULTY: How strenuous a route is, and how technical it is. Full details here.

FREERIDE/SKITOUR: Very subjective, but is a route more-of-a-walk-than-a-ski or the other way around? Some routes are all about the screaming downhill (freeride), some are more about the hunt for a peak or nice forest (ski-tour). Some are in between. 

MAIN ASPECT: Which cardinal direction the primary consequential slope is facing, that you might encounter on the route. More details here.

ROUTE TAGS: An eclectic picking of other categories that routes might belong to.

SEARCH BY LOCATION: You can find routes near your current location – just click on the crosshairs (). You may need to give permission to HokkaidoWilds.org to know your GPS location (don’t worry, we won’t track you). Or, type in a destination, such as Niseko or Sapporo or Asahikawa etc.

Please let us know how we can make it easier to narrow down your search. Contact Rob at rob@hokkaidowilds.org with your suggestions.

PRESS RELEASE | Announcing the launch of GeoPDF maps for print and navigation Difficulty Rating

Category

Grade

Points

Strenuousness

Vertical Gain

D

25

Time ascending

D

0

Technicality

Altitude

D

0

Hazards

D

Navigation

D

Totals

25/100

GRADES range from A (very difficult) to D (easy). Hazards include exposure to avalanche and fall risk. More details here. Rating rubric adapted from Hokkaido Yukiyama Guidebook 北海道雪山ガイド.