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Map of the Month 1/2011: Cordillera Huayhuash, Alpenvereinskarte

The ICA is happy to feature the 12th Map of the Month: “Cordillera Huayhuash (Perú), Alpenvereinskarte”

At the 24th International Cartography Conference in Santiago, Chile, the map won the first jury’s prize in the category “Topographic Maps”. The jury stated:

Excellent combination of detailed and comprehensive geographic content with artistic impression. Yet another impressive piece of “art” from the renown atelier of the Alpine Club Cartography. This detailed map of the Andes Mountains shows the beauty and abundance of topographic mapping at its best.

Publisher’s Description: The map was created by Gerhart Moser and published in 2008. The contour lines with an equidistance of 25m come from the “Instituto Geografico Nacional” (Lima, Perú). In order to achieve an up-to-date visualization of glacier surfaces, Moser used ASTER satellite imagery of the years 2003 and 2004. The Huaraz(Perù)-based geographer Alcides Ames was responsible for geographical names. All field work necessary for collecting the path network was conducted by Gerhart Moser and his wife Annemarie on a 3-week field trip.
The map impresses with its clear appearance and its fine cartographic art, which reveal the details of the terrain. The rock drawings by Moser show the characteristics of the steep territory. Hill-shading highlights the plasticity of the map.

Comment by Prof. Dr. Robert Kostka: The Austrian Alpine Club started large scale mapping in Perú before World War 2. The objective of contemporary mapping is to prepare sheets for trekking tourists with modern equipment (GPS). For this purpose maps of Cordillera Blanca 1:100.000 and Cordillera Huayhuash 1:50.000 were prepared. The information content is based on existing maps, satellite images, aerial photos combined with intensive fieldwork.

  • Paper
  • Scale: 1:50.000
  • Size (mm): 780x740
  • Author: Gerhart Moser
  • Publisher: Austrian Alpine Club
  • Date of edition: 01/01/2008
  • Languages: German, Spanish, English

More information:
Maps of the Austrian Alpine Club (German only)

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