While the vast majority of map making or Cartography has entered into the digital age with GPS and computerized imaging leading the way and giving us the absolute best in the way of geographical information and topography, there is still a case to be made for the older way of doing things and that is by using a compass and a measuring device of some kind to find the way and record what lies between a point A and a point B.
There is Still a Place for Paper Maps
Considering that there are still some areas even in the Continental United States where it is difficult to find a signal to connect to a computer or any other digital device, the need for paper maps is still quite present for those who may want to explore or hike in those areas.
The Work That Goes into Map Making
Modern-day Cartographers still labour over making those maps by hand, often hiking certain trails themselves, in order to gain the information they need to draw up a complete picture of the area in question.
Most do avail themselves of the technology available to them, which can often make the job somewhat easier, but there are still times when it is boots on the ground that are required to ensure that the map they are providing has the most complete and up to date information included, so that those using the map do not find themselves in truly uncharted territory when they least expect it.
While many of these maps are what are considered as labours of love, as the Cartographers do what their forefathers traditionally did and that is head out and explore the regions so that those who come after have an easier time, the need for these maps is such that many still make a very good living producing them.