We’re relieved and grateful in equal measure to know this project will happen – but it’s not too late to claim your copy of the brand new hiking map of Dilijan National Park, Armenia, as there are still a couple of days to go!
In anticipation of this, we believe it’s important to be fully transparent about what will happen to any extra funds raised above the $12,900 target. With that in mind, we’ve set the following stretch goals (in increasing order of ambition):
- If we reach 110%, we will use the surplus funds to complete the digital mapping of the entire Transcaucasian Trail route through Armenia. Over the last two years, the complete route has been scouted and field-mapped by volunteers. Reaching 110% will allow Cartisan to dedicate resources to processing all the remaining GPS data and finalising Armenia’s very first border-to-border thru-hike. That’s pretty big.
- If we reach 130%, then as well as that, we will develop a digital equivalent of the printed topographical map, which uses the same terrain detail and feature data to display the map in digital form. It will not replace the paper map, of course, but serve to complement it, giving users of the TCT website the ability to plan their hikes in advance online. The best thing is, it’ll be available for the entire route of the Transcaucasian Trail, not just the section through Dilijan National Park.
- If we reach 150% (dream big, right?), then in addition to the above, we will be able to take the second 1:25,000-scale printed hiking map in the series all the way through to the final design stage, after which only the costs of manufacture will remain (which we expect to cover using the revenue raised through sales of the first map). We’re not at liberty to disclose the area it will cover, but we’re confident that it represents the second most hiker-ready region of Armenia crossed by the TCT.
Thanks again to all who have contributed to this campaign’s success so far – now let’s see how much further we can extend our impact!