All-in-one Map Tool review

It’s very rare for me to add any item to my “base” hiking kit. (It’s too heavy already.)

The new essential must be very valuable. Or very light.

The All-in-one Map Tool is both. I carry it with my map and compass.


Bob Moseley from Brooks-Range Mountaineering Equipment Co. asked me to test this award winning product.

I took it with me on a solo kayak hiking trip out of Bamfield, British Columbia on the west coast of Canada. Since the weather was good, I was able to paddle directly to the Deer Island group, the closest to town.


It was a great, relaxing trip. I saw bear, seals, sea lions and nearly stepped on a baby puffin.

Normally mornings on this, the “Shipwreck Coast” are fogged in. On a previous trip to the nearby Broken Group Islands we were a number of times confused in the fog. It’s essential to know where you are on the map, have an exact compass bearing, and a good estimate of your speed and distance to the next island.

The All-in-one Map Tool is ideal in this situation as it has 6 different, easy-to-read map scale rulers to help estimate distance.


More photos from this trip – flickr

Sadly I had atypically excellent weather and did not need to do any dead reckoning in the morning.

So I’ll take it heli-hiking into the Tombstone Mountains in the Yukon in August. Certainly I should have a good chance to get lost there, having to rely on Topo, compass and map tool for survival.

All-in-one Map Tool – US$18 – Brooks Range Mountaineering Equipment Co.

3 Replies to “All-in-one Map Tool review”

  1. I came across your blog post when searching for ‘Bamfield’. I recently wrote a novel (an Amazon bestseller) where the main setting was Bamfield. Whale Song also features Victoria and Vancouver.

    I’m from Vancouver originally and spent a lot of time of the Queen Charlottes and on Salt Spring Island. Although I don’t kayak, I have a friend who has kayaked all over these areas. There is something about the ocean…and the wildlife. 🙂

    I hope you had a memorable time.

    Cheryl Kaye Tardif,
    author of Whale Song, The River and Divine Intervention

  2. Hey Rick:

    The last time I was in a kayak was about 4 years ago. I had a blast, even though I had been injured in a boating accident earlier that day and had bruised ribs. 🙂

    Now I enjoy whale watching boats, speedboats…a cruise would be awesome…hehe

    Thanks for sharing your posts on Bamfield. I enjoyed the one about the property…and skiff. lol

    It’s odd but when I wrote Whale Song I had to do all my research online and from people who had been to Bamfield. I even exchanged emails with a woman from the marine biology station.

    Last year we almost made it to Bamfield. One day…it’s on my life goals list. 🙂

    According to people who have been there though, I gave a reasonable description, although Whale Song is fiction. I must have been there in spirit!

    Happy kayaking!

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