An ingenious WW2 military idea is being revived by the award winning sports mapping brand, SplashMaps. Their new escape and evasion style fabric maps are designed to be in the hands of untrained civilians this Christmas.
The Hampshire based company has opened a website that allows anyone to select anywhere in the world and print it onto an easily concealed weatherproof polyester. They can even place their own covert operation names and numbers on the map. For escapes in the City, SplashMaps even provides maps of London on a retail silk to echo the parachute silk maps still used on covert military operations today.
Founder David Overton says, “It’s time that ordinary people with a taste for adventure enjoy the convenience of maps that never degrade, need folding or run out of batteries!” He is backed-up by veteran and founder of Raleigh International (previously Operation Raleigh) John Blashford-Snell who says “SplashMaps are now vital to my expeditions…” which bring aid to some of the most remote communities on the planet.
The fabric maps can be highly specific for your event, club or challenge and make fantastic gifts. “We now make bespoke SplashMaps for cub and scout groups, have a number of UK based military customers and use our fabric maps to give cyclists, walkers and runners confidence in all their adventures” says Overton.
But consumers can judge for themselves, as a full range of bespoke and destination SplashMaps, are available direct from www.splash-maps.com at prices from £18.99 to £42.00 or through a growing number of retailers including Stanfords Travel in London and most visitor centres of the National Parks in Great Britain. Anyone wishing to support SplashMaps can also follow on twitter.com/SplashMaps or like on facebook.com/SplashMaps.