2 choices : You either get paper maps that are the best but heavy and expensives (when you need to purchase a lot of them)
When going for long hiking Alpine trail numeric maps are the best option.
Go paperless and gather the numeric maps yourself.
Why do it yourself ?..it is a great way to visualize where you will be hiking through, spot difficulties and be able to plan accordingly hard days and less hard days.
Get maps, use them to prepare pre-itinerary, locate alternative routes, locate accomodations (camping sites, gites, etc..), locate potential water/food supplies and you will have more time and fun Meeting the Locals 🙂
Here are below the tools used to gather thoses precious maps of the via alpina trail that was hiked. Also used the maps gathering time to locate alternative trails and be able to adjust the pre-itinerary before departure (maps scale goes from 1:25000 to 1:20000)
Software used to import and convert the Geoportail maps to Jpeg files : JASC Paint Shop Pro 8
The IGN french maps gathered are Jpeg format and scaled at 1:25000 can be visualized and zoomed in/out on electronic devices such as a smartphone/Camera
Lenk town area hiking trails map 1:25000 (PDF document size 4MB)
The Swiss maps gathered are PDF files (huge in size but very accurate and precise, all the hiking trails are mentionned and it is easy to plan route on a daily basis with thoses). PDF files can be visualized on a smartphone.
This samples Austrian maps gathered from the geoportal are on a 1:20000 scale . Thoses maps covers the Via Alpina in the Mittelberg, Braunschweiger Hutte area (stage B35)
Not very accurate even if hiking trails are marked on the maps, it is not easily readable.
Gathered during winter preceeding Via Alpina departure, ALL the maps needed up to the Austrian-Italian border at Similaun Hutte/Rifugio Similaun (Yellow itinerary stage B32).
Below is the 37 IGN maps that covers Monaco to Chiappera
The remaining maps can be emailed to anyone requesting them ..Just post a comment/request on the blog and will forward them by email to you asap
Here is what is available
FR IGN – Monaco – Chiappera 37 maps JPG
FR IGN – Chiappera – Col du Mont 48 maps JPG
ITA – Col du Mont – Col du Grand St Bernard 9 maps JPG
CH – ColGdStBernard – Orsières 3 maps PDF
no maps around TMB
CH – Scex Carro – Gafadurahutte 40 maps PDF
AU – Feldkirch Hutte – Similaun Hutte 56 maps JPG
Extra : maps to cut short from Orsières to Scex Carro without going around TMB, col de coux