Why would you want to head to the northeast instead of due north directly toward Saw tooth?

Open the Greeley, CO, topographic map.  This is the “topo” map that includes Fort Collins.  This is a large file, so you will have to zoom in to see things on the map.  Keep in mind that when you zoom in and out, you change the scale, and you must scroll down to see the bar scale when you change the view.  Answer the following questions:

  1. Determine the distances between these places:
    • Fossil Creek Reservoir (between Fort Collins and Love land) and Windsor Reservoir (between Fort Collins and Greeley)?
    • The Greeley airport to Riverside Reservoir, east of Greeley?
    • Hague Peak (in the Mummy Range) due south to Longs Peak (south of the Rocky Mountain National Park label) in the western part of the map?
  2. What is the elevation of the following:
    • Downtown Fort Collins?
    • Coffin top Mountain in the southwestern corner, north of Boulder and west of Longtime?
    • The unnamed ranch to the left of the ‘U’ in Laramie Mountains in the northwest corner?
  3. What is the change in elevation between Longs Peak and Lake Granny to the southwest?
  4. What is the gradient (slope) between Longs Peak and Longtime airport in feet/mile? Make sure that you finish the math so that your units are in feet/1 mile.
  5. What is the longitude and latitude of these features:
    • The USES Testing Station in the southeast corner?
    • Grease wood Flats east of Greeley and Eaton?
    • Mount Dickinson north of Lake Estes and Estes Park on the western side of the map?
  6. What would you find at the following latitudes and longitudes:
    • 40°00’, 105°15’
    • 40°15’00”, 105°30′
  7. List the Range and township for the following locations.
    • Fort Collins
    • Boulder
    • Greeley
  8. What ranch is found in R64W, T3N?
  9. Let’s say that you were atop Mount Audubon to the west of Boulder and Longtime.  You want to get to Saw tooth Mountain, which is due north of Audubon.  Why would you want to head to the northeast instead of due north directly toward Saw tooth?
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