[OSM-talk] Named passages on hiking paths
spam_from_osm_talk at chezphil.org
Mon Mar 14 20:34:19 GMT 2011
Gilles Bassi?re wrote:
> I'd like to get advice about toponymy in the context of hiking paths.
> When hiking, I often encounter short technical passages which have a
> name painted on the rock. In French, the name almost always begin with
> "Pas de ..." but I'm not sure if there is a good translation for "pas"
> in English . Such portions of the path often consist in passing a
> small cliff or an exposed ridge, they may be equipped with chains or cables.
The correct translation for "pas" in that context is "step" - i.e. that
is what you should write if translating a proper name. Example: the
"Hillary Step" on Everest.
In Britain there are various places known informally or semi-formally
as "the bad step", or something similar.
However, since "step" has numerous meanings (as does "pas" of course),
I doubt that it would be an appropriate word to use in an OSM tag.
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