Bill Sullivan Explains How to Map Out Hikes

April 10, 2006
By Margaret Prentice

Bill Sullivan had a captive audience at EWEB on April 10th at the annual Trip Leaders’ Meeting. He showed and described, as only Bill can with wit and humor, an amazing variety of maps for hikers. Beginning with colored templates of the maps he draws himself for his books, he led us through his favorite area topographic maps (some of which were barely hanging together), Forest Service maps, downloaded maps, Geological Survey maps and several others.

No matter what aspect of hiking Bill talks about, you can be sure he’ll be a hit. He donated one of his books for a drawing and Peter Rodda was the lucky winner.

The program continued with a discussion by Wayne Deeter on submitting reports on line; which, thanks to his work on developing it, is fairly easy. Janet Jacobsen, Sharon Ritchie, George Baitinger and John Jacobsen briefly shared their expertise on some items in the leaders’ packets — such as the membership, incident and accident report forms.

The evening ended with the usual door prizes, donated by Tom & Judy Adamcyk, Larison Rock Hikers and others. Joella Ewing organized the drawing set-up and signup.

Last, but not least, sincere thanks to Janet Jacobsen for planning the meeting.

Sources for topographic maps:

  • U.S. Geological Survey (can be downloaded from
  • Green Trails Maps ( — Map packs with six or 12 maps of your choice. New maps include Sisters, McKenzie Bridge, Three Sisters, Broken Top.
  • Knight Library Map Room: Copy maps for 10 cents.
  • U.S. Forest Service offices.

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