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  • I started making these maps to have a beautiful representation of the places I've traveled:

  • Yosemite, Zion, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain National Park and many more.

  • What makes Frank Church Wilderness unique is just how large it is.

  • You could fit all of those national parks within the boundaries of the Frank Church.

  • My name is Jared Prince.

  • I'm the founder of Muir Way and a designer of artistic maps.

  • I started making these maps to have a beautiful representation of the places I've traveled.

  • My maps aren't navigational maps.

  • They're meant to be hung on your wall, so that they can inspire on a daily basis.

  • The Frank Church is part of the larger Rocky Mountain range and has no entry point for humanity.

  • It has no roads. The only way to get in is by airplane or by foot, by horseback or you have to boat in.

  • Usually, when I make a map, it's of a place that I've already been.

  • Coors Light has brought me to the Frank Church, I'm getting to fly above the wilderness and just see all the beautiful mountains and vistas.

  • It puts everything in perspective when you see it from a distance.

  • Looking at the map, now this is so cool to see it stripped down and just seeing the raw contour lines, the topography like that.

  • This is one of the few wild places left in America and it needed to be preserved.

  • Ah, God, I love this place.

  • We're now officially at the wilderness.

  • You can see how special this place is to Mike.

  • Look this view! Looking down the middle fork is one of--

  • You know it's just as special to countless other people.

  • I mean, on the map you see the contour lines, so close together, you know that it's a steep incline.

  • But then when you see it in real life, it's just otherworldly.

  • No matter what direction I look, it's all completely road-less wilderness.

  • The geographic features are the highways.

  • Instead of a highway, you've got a river.

  • Instead of street names you have mountain peaks, you have valleys, you have creeks.

  • This is how you get around.

  • Everything's OK?

  • Yeah.

  • I wanna see how accurate and detailed this map that I'm creating is.

  • I wanna get the colors of the place, rivers, the bends, mountains, the ruggedness of the wilderness.

  • That's the essence of a map, is that it inspires exploration and wonder.

  • For this map we're going to donate a portion of the sales of every map to the Leave No Trace organization, which promotes the education and values of being a responsible camper in nature.

  • We can all make a difference to keep places like this beautiful, serene and clean for future generations.

  • When I look at this Frank Church map, I'll remember the river I rafted down and the piece that I saw in the airplane, which was a magical experience.

  • My hope is that you get a map for an adventure that you had and that you get a map for an adventure that you want to have.

  • I'm very proud of what I create.

  • These maps should last a lifetime, just like memories that were formed there.

I started making these maps to have a beautiful representation of the places I've traveled:

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Mapping the Wilderness

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    Evangeline posted on 2021/05/16
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