Reading the map

Learn the basics

Knowing the terrain is key when planning your adventure – or when you are right in it. This is the basics.

Color coding

Topographic maps are color coded: blue for water; white for open terrain, green for forest; black for roads, paths, buildings and other man-made objects.

Contour lines

Contour lines represent the topography or vertical shape of the landscape, and will help you identify features like mountains, valleys and ridges; the closer the lines, the steeper the slope.

Local variations

North is always up – on all maps! However, other symbols and features may differ depending on where you are.

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