[Tagging] sport vs. leisure: High Ropes Course and Climbing Adventure

Tom Pfeifer t.pfeifer at computer.org
Wed Aug 19 10:58:37 UTC 2015

There are competing proposals for facilities described as
Ropes Course in wikipedia [1], mostly:

leisure=high_ropes_course [2] , (21 uses, plus 30 leisure=.*rope.*)
sport=climbing_adventure [3] (155 uses)
sport=high_ropes_course [undocumented] (43 uses, plus 45 sport=.*rope.*)

As these facilities are currently spreading like mushrooms in the
forests (and woods), it would be good to agree about the tagging scheme.

First, is it sport or leisure? For me it lacks the regularity of personal
involvement for being a sport, I would see that as an adventurous activity
that is booked occasionally, like a rollercoaster ride.
Thus, leisure is the better key.

Second, is it climbing? The proposer in [2] correctly argues that the only
climbing is ascending a ladder. It is clearly distinguished from rock climbing,
for which we have the sport=climbing tag, as a mountaineering discipline.

It is mostly the operators of such facilities who use the term 'climbing'
in their description (climbing adventure, de:Kletterwald), harvesting on
the growing popularity of rock climbing. I have also seen the trade name "Go Ape",

*=climbing_adventure can be misleading, since it does not describe the physical
feature of the ropes course, and of course a mountaineering trip can be a
climbing adventure as well.

Thus leisure=high_ropes_course is the best fit in my opinion, with ropes in the
plural form.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ropes_course
[2] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/high_rope_course
[3] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:sport%3Dclimbing_adventure


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