Frequently Asked Questions

How much do the maps cost?

Small maps – 11” x 14”

  • $35 on poster paper (unframed)
  • $60 as an archival-quality giclee print (unframed)
  • $140 as a framed archival-quality giclee print

Medium maps – 16″ x 20″

  • $55 on poster paper (unframed)
  • $95 as an archival-quality giclee print (unframed)
  • $220 as a framed archival-quality giclee print

Large Maps – 22” x 28”

  • $90 on poster paper (unframed)
  • $180 as an archival-quality giclee print (unframed)
  • $350 as a framed archival-quality giclee print

Commission fees are in addition to map list prices.

What map sizes are available?

Maps are available at:

  • 11” x 14”
  • 16” x 20”
  • 22” x 28”

If you want your map framed, 1” matting will be added to the overall dimensions.

Besides size, are there other differences between the small, medium, and large maps?

To make it easier to read the many small features and labels on this map, prints at smaller sizes show less of the surrounding area than prints at larger sizes. For example, an 11” x 14” print only shows the land immediately around the route. A 22” x 28” print, on the other hand, “zooms out” to show neighboring mountains, forests, valleys, and rivers. Please look through the each map’s product photos to see the cropping for each unique size.

What type of paper do you use?

Maps are available on two types of paper:

  • Poster Paper: classic poster paper with a satin finish, bright white point, and vivid color.
  • Giclée: acid-free archival-grade ink, acid-free 100% cotton, single-side coated paper. Has a natural white finish with a slightly textured matte surface.

Will poster prints look blurry?

The design file itself is 400ppi (300ppi is considered high-res), but poster prints definitely aren’t fine-art-grade, as reflected by the different price point compared to a giclee print. They print at a lower resolution and with a slightly lower color range than a giclee. This is found across the board with posters—if you look closely at a movie poster, for instance, you’ll see blurred details when you get close. This is especially true for maps that cover a large area when they’re reduced to a smaller print size, such as 11×14.

What does giclée mean?

In French, “la giclée” (pronounced zhee-clay) literally means “that which is sprayed or squirted.” Giclée printing refers to a specific type of inkjet printing that produces higher quality and longer lifespans than a typical desktop inkjet printer. Originally, “giclée printing” referred to digital reproductions of conventional artwork or photography, but today, the term also includes art that was digitally created through Photoshop or similar programs. Giclée prints must be: (1) created at a resolution of no less than 300 dots per inch, (2) printed on archival-quality paper, and (3) created with pigment-based inks rather than the dye-based inks that are found in lower-cost inkjet printers.

Can I have my map framed?

Giclée maps of any size may be framed. I provide three options:

  • Black Frame: ¾” wide, wood with veneer
  • Walnut Frame: 1 1/4” wide, wood
  • Maple Frame: 1 1/4” wide, wood

Matting is included: 1” wide, conservation-grade (white)

How long does it take to produce a normal map?

The average production time for a map that’s already in the collection is 3–5 business days.

If you want your map framed, production time will increase by 2–3 days business days.

How long does it take to produce a commissioned map?

Production time varies on a case-by-case basis, depending on the level of customization you request. After I’ve reviewed your commission request form, I’ll provide an estimate along with the commission fee.

How long does shipping take?

I ship framed prints via UPS and unframed prints via UPS, both of which take 4–8 business days. International shipping is not available at this time.

Do you accepts returns or give refunds?

Because I print each map specifically for each order, I’m not able to accept returns or offer refunds. If your item was damaged during shipping, please let me know and I’ll work with my printing partner to send you another copy.

How do you create the maps?

I use digital elevation models (DEMs) to create shaded relief for every valley, ridge, peak, and river. I add that shading to 1:24,000 USGS topographical maps. These historic maps were originally printed on a lithographic press and field-checked on foot, and they give each print a natural, authentic feel.

Where do you print the maps?

I parter with a U.S. printer called FinerWorks to produce high-quality maps with environmentally sustainable materials.

Can I use one of your maps for navigation?

My maps are for illustrative purposes only. Although almost all the natural features are accurate, historic USGS maps are of varying age, reliability, and resolution, and routes about treeline change year-to-year. These prints should not be used for navigation, land ownership claims, or up-to-date information about public access.

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