ok ive done that, but in the mean time since i originated this thread I discovered cal topo on youtube. i think i like itI love the USGS maps, print them out as needed when I am out and about in the mountains. Have the maps for the local AO printed...hope USGS will eventually get around to doing some newer versions of the high Cascades.
Nat Geo used to have a great set of topo maps on CD with software to view, modify and print them. I still have it and use it all the time even though they don't sell it or even support it anymore.