[Tagging] Mountain passes

john at jfeldredge.com john at jfeldredge.com
Sun Feb 13 19:57:14 GMT 2011

I guess this partly comes down to the questions of how you define a way, and how you define a pass.  If a particular pass becomes little-used, because a tunnel or a lower pass provides an easier way to get past the mountains, does that make it stop being a pass?  What if the pass is a boundary between two nations, and the border crossing is closed because one or both nations don't maintain a customs station there?  Does that make the pass stop being a pass, in the geographic, rather than political, sense?

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Subject :Re: [Tagging] Mountain passes
From  :mailto:dieterdreist at gmail.com
Date  :Sun Feb 13 13:36:08 America/Chicago 2011

2011/2/13 Nathan Edgars II <neroute2 at gmail.com>:
> According to http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:mountain_pass "passes
> only make sense on ways". But it's possible to have a pass with no way
> crossing it (not even an informal footpath) or with multiple ways crossing
> (a dual carriageway, or parallel highway and railway). How should these
> cases be handled?

no, it is IMHO not possible that a pass has no way that crosses it,
otherwise it wouldn't be a pass. If there is more then 1 one way I
guess you would have to tag all of them.

Maybe natural=pass (or mountain_pass) on a node might be more logical
for the feature if you bear in mind that the wiki suggests to tag ele
with it.


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