Using Maps Magna UT

Maps help us find our way out of a jam, however many people feel just as lost with a map in their hands. Let us show you how to properly read a map.

Dick's Sporting Goods
(801) 456-0200
41 South Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, UT
 
Sports Authority
(801) 963-0984
5786 S. Redwood Road
Taylorsville, UT
Services
Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Rentals & Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Firearms/Hunting, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Sports Authority
(801) 263-3633
Utah Sportscastle, 5550 S. 900 East
Murray, UT
Services
Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Rentals & Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Firearms/Hunting, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Mountain Cork Inc
(801) 280-1400
3532 Galaxy Park Pl Ste A
West Jordan, UT
 
Bobby Lawrence Karate
(801) 567-9476
8949 S 2700 W
West Jordan, UT
 
Sports Authority
(801) 495-5945
The District, 11617 S. Parkway Plaza Drive
South Jordan, UT
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Rentals & Jr. Season Lease, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Sports Authority
(801) 572-0157
Commons at Southtowne, 10453 S. State Street
Sandy, UT
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Simulator, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Rentals & Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Firearms/Hunting, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Sports Authority
(801) 292-7284
420 W. 500 South
Bountiful, UT
Services
Golf Trade-In Program, Firearms/Hunting, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Rodgers Raymond & Julia
(801) 561-0353
8879 Redwood Rd
West Jordan, UT
 
Big 5 Sporting Goods
(801) 233-8641
1390 W 9000 S
West Jordan, UT

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Think outside the grid

Maps can be intimidating if you haven't taken orienteering since grade school. Even if you bring a compass or a GPS when trekking though unmarked wilderness or trailblazing through the backcountry, your powers of observation can make the difference between negotiating your way back to camp and being the object of a search-and-rescue mission. With map and compass in hand, don't forget to:

  • Observe the landscape. Keep track of natural formations like ridge lines, shorelines and rivers. Don't just rely on the obvious. If you see a cave, an odd rock formation or an unusually shaped tree, make note of it on your map. These markers can help you if you get lost .
  • Stay alert. Never assume that just because you're following a trail doesn't mean you can't take a wrong turn at Albuquerque. Continue to cross-reference the features you encounter and match them to your map. The sooner you realize you've strayed off-course, the faster you can get back on track.
  • Keep track of time. Sometimes it's hard to gauge how far you've traveled. One of the easiest methods for estimating the distance you've covered is to keep notes on the amount of time it takes to reach predetermined landmarks. Alternatively, if your map has a grid system, record how much time it takes you to complete each section. Assuming you travel at a steady pace, you can use your approximate distance, landscape features and the map to ensure you're on course. Keeping track of time will also be helpful in case you have to backtrack - you'll know how long it takes to trek a particular section, despite the variations in the landscape.

Trailblazing Tools

In backcountry areas and wilderness zones, a standard-issue park map won't provide enough details. While topographical and specialty maps will give you general park information, make sure you have all the maps required to cover the area you plan to hike. Oh yes, and don't forget your compass .

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