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    Forest Service maps

    Very "general" backcountry because I don't think anybody in the northeast uses these things...but has anybody figured out what bizarre logic goes into the folding pattern of the USFS maps? It's not accordian, it's not repeated-halves or anything like that, it's just...WEIRD. I just made the mistake of opening one up without taking notes and it'll never be properly folded again. I'm not just griping here: if anybody can figure out the pattern and/or explain the reason, I'll have a ghost of a chance of refolding them properly rather than wadding them up in a ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jniehof View Post
    Very "general" backcountry because I don't think anybody in the northeast uses these things...but has anybody figured out what bizarre logic goes into the folding pattern of the USFS maps? It's not accordian, it's not repeated-halves or anything like that, it's just...WEIRD. I just made the mistake of opening one up without taking notes and it'll never be properly folded again. I'm not just griping here: if anybody can figure out the pattern and/or explain the reason, I'll have a ghost of a chance of refolding them properly rather than wadding them up in a ball.
    We can crowd source this. Just keep posting pictures of the map with each x and y axis labeled and we'll figure it out.

    Also, I just saw this, which might be relevant: http://www.pbs.org/video/2365955827/
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