[Tagging] Pathways with steep vertical slopes, accessed via climbing chains

Mike Thompson miketho16 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 4 03:35:25 UTC 2014

Is this the type of thing you are talking about:


On Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 8:28 PM, johnw <johnw at mac.com> wrote:
> Went hiking on mt Miyogi yesterday in Gunma, and like other steep mountain
> parks, sections of the trail were near vertical or completely vertical
> sections of trail that have to be climbed by chains and occasional
> footholds.  the longest was over 30m. the shortest was about 4m.
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=16/36.2861/138.7454
> http://www.gunmajet.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/photo_02-copy.jpg
> someone posted up the route they took, and the hiking maps show the easier
> trail in blue (his yellow route, it goes over a section of chain.) and the
> dangerous ones in red.
> Chains area also used to show access to features near the trail via chain
> assisted climbing
> The current tail map needs to be expanded, and I want to work on that. but
> I’m wondering how to visually show that chains are necessary. I know other
> trails in other countries have similar permanent guide fixtures (cables,
> ropes, ladders in the rock,) where normal hikers are expected to use them.
> now, you might think that this is considered climbing, and you’d have a
> helmet, but people were scampering up the rocks, old guys and 10 year olds
> alike.  These “blue” sections were considered passable by regular hikers,
> and the upper level sections of the mountain were all marked for
> professional climbers (“red” routes with the red 危 splat) because a slip off
> the trail or the chain would mean death (200m drops).
> is there some method to tagging these that is rendered (that’s not steps) to
> visually show that chains or other assist devices are used?
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