[Tagging] RFC - Criteria for taging as either via_ferrata or path

Friedrich Volkmann bsd at volki.at
Fri Apr 24 09:36:51 UTC 2015

On 24.04.2015 11:01, Richard Z. wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 04:27:23AM +0200, Friedrich Volkmann wrote:
>> On 24.04.2015 02:16, Warin wrote:
>>> Via ferrata should not be lumped into path or footway .. they are very
>>> significantly different and cannot be used in place of a path or footway.
>>> Would you take a 3 year old along it?
>> Did you read the discussion tab? Farratas are not more difficult nor more
>> dangerous than other paths. Where there's a ferrata and a parallel unsecured
>> path in the same terrain, I would take the 3-year-old along the ferrata.
> so are you happy that this
>   http://www.bergsteigen.com/klettersteig/trentino-suedtirol/gardasee-berge/ferrata-rino-pisetta
> is tagged as highway=path ?


Of course I wouln't take a 3 year old along that ferrata, but I wouln't take
a 3 year old to that whole area at all. I know of a ferrata
(Frauenluckensteig) of difficulty B where average 10-year-old childs are too
short to reach the next rung. One hiking path called Rei├čtalersteig is even
easier (A) and you wouln't call it a ferrata, but one rung is hard to reach
even for adults, so people put a pile of stones on the ground to reach that

Children or bad weather make every path more difficult and dangerous, not
only ferratas.

Friedrich K. Volkmann       http://www.volki.at/
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