Entries by Ben Lantow

High Resolution Elevation Data

  CalTopo first launched the slope angle shading layer 7 years ago. Since then it has become a mainstay tool for backcountry trip planning. Today we’re updating the layer to incorporate high-resolution LIDAR data from the USGS’s 3DEP program. Where available (see coverage map), this provides significantly higher resolution, even allowing you to identify trails […]

New Website and Blog

Welcome to the new CalTopo website! We’ve created this website that supplements the core mapping product with additional information and resources. Our focus of the new site is informing customers more about CalTopo as a company, the subscription offerings and the differences between them and costs, as well as highlighting some of the unique features. […]

Motor Vehicle Layer

A brand new Motor Vehicle Use Map layer (MVUM) is now live on the site. This incorporates national BLM and USFS data sets to provide a single streamlined layer for offroad drivers and overlanders to utilize. This was a commonly requested layer and we’re happy to have it live! A bunch of random notes on […]

Optimizations to Subscriptions

We have been hard at work making the CalTopo Android and iOS apps a better experience. We recognize many of you haven’t had a chance to try out the app yet, but based on feedback from our current beta testers, it’s clear that using a data quota for mobile downloads is confusing. With that in mind […]

App Updates for the Weekend!

Thanks to all your feedback and beta testing, just in time for the weekend, we are releasing an update to both our iOS and Android apps! On top of general usability and stability fixes this release includes huge improvements to the offline downloader, improvements in recording tracks (and recovery if the app crashes while recording), […]

Come work with us!

CalTopo is growing and looking to fill two developer positions!  These are full-time remote positions, but do require California residency for health insurance related reasons.The following are not required but are considered pluses: * A CalTopo user or outdoor enthusiast.  This is a position where domain knowledge matters. * OK with occasional travel to Truckee, CA (potentially […]

iOS Open Beta + New Android Release

Better late than never, CalTopo’s iOS app is now available for beta testing via TestFlight.  The Android beta has also gained significant new features to match iOS, and both apps will maintain feature parity going forward.  Changes include navigation, importing and exporting files, improved track recording, and additional map layers.  You may also notice our […]