Mountain Directory is great for new and experienced drivers. It is for trucker’s and RV’S. When people are traveling away from home they don’t always know what they are going to face. With this great instructional guide there won’t be any surprise’s on steep or whether the road is a 2 lane or a 4 lane.With this book,one can make a decision on which route to take and can possibly save them self’s some time.
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The Mountain Directory Ebooks– give the locations and descriptions of over 700 mountain passes and steep grades in 22 states. The Mountain Directory ebooks tell you where the steep grades are, how long they are, how steep (%) they are, whether the road is two lane, three lane, or four lane, if there are escape ramps, switchbacks, sharp curves, speed limits, etc. With this information, one can know ahead of time what a pass is like and make an informed decision about whether to go over or around.
Knowing what lies ahead is half the battle.The printed versions of the Mountain Directory books had almost 240 pages of text and color relief maps. All 240 pages are in the downloadable versions of the Mountain Directory ebooks. Nothing is missing. In the printed versions, mountain pass locations were marked with a yellow triangle on the color relief maps. In the ebook versions, you can click on the yellow triangles and the text appears that describes that location.
Trucks and RVs have similar problems regarding weight, engine power, and braking in mountainous terrain.Imagine yourself descending a mountain grade in your RV. You didn’t know there was such a long, steep grade on this highway. And things are not going well.The engine is not holding back all of this weight, the brakes are smelling hot or even smoking, you’re pushing harder on the brake pedal but your speed keeps increasing. All you can see ahead is more mountain. Your mind is racing through all of the available options and none of them are good. “I’ve got to do something,” you say “or I’m not going to make it.”The options include: run into the rock wall, go over the side, hit those trees, or see if you can make the next curve and ride it out.
You choose the last option and, if you are lucky, you make it to the bottom in one piece. You pull over and while you’re waiting for your heart to stop pounding, and wipe the sweat from your face and you notice your shirt is soaked, your mouth is dry, and your hands are shaking.And you are thinking, “If I had known it was going to belike that………….”Perhaps your rig has difficulty during the steep.climbs. The engine and transmission temperatures are rising. How far to the top of this hill? You don’t know if it’s one mile or ten. Something smells hot. What to do? Pull over and cool off? But then all momentum is lost. Can you even get started again? You wish you had unhooked the car you’re dragging up this hill behind the motor home.
During the last few years we have heard many stories about very expensive repairs to drive train components. Sometimes rigs are lost entirely. A highway patrol officer in Oregon told us that in the summer an average of one motor home per week burns to the ground while trying to climb Cabbage Hill on I-84 east of Pendleton. If a fire starts, the nearest fire department is likely to be many miles away. By the time they arrive, there is nothing left to do but hose down the ashes. Apparently this is because the elevations are not as high in the eastern states. But elevation alone is not the problem–it is the change in elevation that makes a grade potentially hazardous.
A large percentage of the grades in the western states are in the 6% range. The eastern grades are often shorter but this is not always so. A quick glance through the eastern book will reveal over 50 grades that are between 7 and 10% and from 4 to 7 miles long. There are others that are even more challenging. The road to the top of White face Mountain in New York is 8 to 10% for 8 miles. There would be no need for truckers to use this road but RVs are allowed. Near Cumberland, Maryland there is a hill on I-68 that is posted as 6% for 13 miles.