Originally Posted by swoosh
Alright, I'll add on to this, but not to start any form of debate.
This is true. Unless you plan on blue blazing like I do, maps are not necessary. If your heart isn't set on buying them, I would reconsider then. A lot of people try to say they are for safety, but in that case the ATC maps are a joke. Many of them only show a narrow corridor, and cut off anything just a couple miles off the trail. That is why I bought National Geo maps for my side trips. Now that the App pages and Bob MacCaw's book have the elevation profile, one more selling point for the maps is gone. Just something else to consider.