[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - register

Bryce Nesbitt bryce2 at obviously.com
Fri Mar 6 19:00:13 UTC 2015

On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 3:09 AM, Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org> wrote:

> May be related to the United States Department of Agriculture's National
> Forest Service use permits.  Typically a small wooden box with some pencils
> and waterproof application cards inside, on which you are either strongly
> encouraged or legally obligated to spell out where you're going, who's with
> you...

There are various types in the USA:

A* "trail register" *is at the trail head (start of a trail) or a
wilderness entrance.  It's used to track visitor counts for statistics
purposes, and for gaining hints about lost people after they are reported
lost.  It's left by an official agency (*official=yes*).

A* "log book"* or *"peak register"* is a social creation, unrelated to the
above.  These are placed at peaks, in caves, or or at nice destinations.
Visitors are encouraged to flip through past responses and leave their
own.  People revisit old sites, perhaps with kids, and show off their
entries.  These are typically kept in an old jar and hidden under a rock (
Some of the hardest to get to peaks in California have registers from 50 or
more years back, which are still readable.  In some cases the registers,
especially those signed by famous people like John Muir, have been archived
elsewhere.  These are a social creation, not an official register.  In the
USA the official land managers rarely if ever place a true log book, though
they occasionally read them.

A* "letterbox*" and *"geocache"* are related extensions of the idea,
developed later.  There are well developed sites outside of OSM for
locating geocaches, in particular.  They are not the same as as "peak
register", and appeal to different use cases.
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