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B.C. backcountry mobile maps cause concern

06/19/2013 12:31 EDT | Updated 08/19/2013 05:12 EDT
The BC Search and Rescue Association is raising concerns about a set of free, high-resolution topographical backcountry maps released by the provincial government on Tuesday.

The 7,000 GeoBC maps cover the entire province of British Columbia at a scale of 1:20,000 and are designed to be downloaded onto mobile devices.

They allow users to zoom into areas without compromising the quality of the images and pinpoint their location if their mobile device has GPS capability.

Association president Don Bindon said he's concerned the maps will give hikers a false sense of security when preparation is what is needed before any outdoor adventure.

He said hikers can still get into trouble, especially when smartphones "turn stupid," and he always likes to carry fold-out maps with his communication devices.

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