How to print and save maps from Radventures

Words & Photography: Scott Norris (@_scott_norris) // summer 2018

Hollie Scrambles over the knife-edge ridge of Crib Goch

First off, unless you're planning to use the saved map as a back-up file on your phone or the paper maps as back up maps, I'd reccomend you do not follow these instructions (yep!).Instead, buy an OS map through the 'OS Explorer Map' button on the relevant route map page. This is simply because the maps are safer. They are more detailed, will likely contain more of the surrounding area than anything you print off (making navigation a lot easier) and are more durable/waterproof than sheets of A4 paper. They also, rather importantly, contain referencable grid coordinates should you land yourself in a pickle and need to orchestrate a rescue.

I want to stress that a saved map on your phone is not a replacement for a paper map (even a printed one). Phones run out of battery (especially in cold weather) and in the mountain environment are better used for the orginal purpose in the event of an emergency. If your only map runs out of battery and it is also your only means of rescue, you're stuffed. To learn how to save a back-up map to your phone click here.



Please, please, if you can afford it, invest in a map. It could save you, or somebody else's life (really!).



Printing a map from Radventures



However, I understand that for some (myself included) it is not always possible to buy a map for every route you're likely to walk. A map without the perks of an OS map (or equivalent) is still better than no map. So, if printing, you have a few choices:


  1. The detailed way (you'll need Pages, Word, or Photoshop).
  2. The quick way.


Please note that on longer walks (3+ miles) method #2 will simply not give sufficient detail to navigate by. I would reccomend method #1 as it gives the most map detail.



I intend to create videos detailing this process, but in the meantime, please read on.



The Detailed Way


  • From the map page of the route you'd like to print, click the 'Full screen map' button. This will open the map in a new tab.
  • Zoom in as far as you can without the map tiles disappearing.


For Windows:

  • Press 'alt + PRINT SCREEN'. Then paste (ctrl-v) the screenshot into a program like word or photoshop.
  • Return to the map, navigate to another part of the route and repeat this.
  • In your chosen program, drag the map pieces over each other. You may wish to resize and enlarge the screenshots at this stage for greater detail. If using photoshop you can lower the opacity of one of the screenshots while overlapping them for greater precision.
  • Repeat the process for each section of the route (try to include some of the surrounding map areas for context) until you have mapped the whole route.
  • Print the page(s) (ctrl-p) through your chosen software.


For Mac:


  • Press 'cmd + shift + 4'. Draw a box around the area of the map you'd like to capture (avoid items obscuring the map). This will create a screenshot on your desktop.
  • Return to the map. Navigate to a new section of the route and repeat until you have screenshotted the entire route (try to include some of the surrounding area for context).
  • Drag all the saved images on your desktop into a program like Pages, Word or Photoshop.
  • In your chosen program, drag the map pieces over each other, like a jigsaw. You may wish to resize and enlarge the screenshots at this stage for greater detail. If using photoshop you can lower the opacity of one of the screenshots while overlapping them for greater precision. You may need to use more than one page.
  • Once complete, print the page(s) (ctrl-p) through your chosen software.


The Quick Way


  • From the map page of the route you'd like to print, click the 'Full screen map' button. This will open the map in a new tab.
  • From this tab zoom in so as much of the route fills the screen as possible. Press ctrl-p (windows) or cmd-p (mac).
  • Change the orientation to landscape.
  • Click print.


How to save a backup map



Follow the steps above detailing 'The Detailed Way'. Instead of printing:


  • Save the map ideally as a PDF or alternatively as multiple JPEGs. Set the quality to just below maximum.
  • Send the saved file(s) to yourself via email or using wetransfer
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