|highway = via_ferrata|
|A mountain route equipped with fixed cables, stemples, ladders, and bridges.|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: in use|
|Tools for this tag|
See Proposed features/via ferrata for details of mapping.
Although the proposal was heavily disputed, this tag and the related via_ferrata_scale=* is already in use for some years and several renderers such as OpenAndroMaps and OsmAnd support it. The low number of objects mapped this way largely reflects the limited number of real world ferratas.
There is some overlap between ferratas and paths with Safety measures on hiking trails and some elements from both proposals can be mixed.
How to map
Draw a way and tag it with highway=via_ferrata.
Add via_ferrata_scale=* and details along the way such as
- bridges, usually bridge=yes+bridge:structure=simple-suspension+cable_number=*
highway=via_ferrata implies wheelchair=no and unsuitability for bicycles, horses and vehicles. If the via ferrata is walkable without special equipment by experienced hikers add a corresponding difficulty level as sac_scale=*.
In rare cases when the ferrata is extremely steep it can be drawn as a single node.
For walkable (without a ferrata set) paths with an additional security rope or other security elements see Safety measures on hiking trails. The distinction is largely by designation, difficulty and actual usage - do people use ferrata gear there? Paths do not imply anything about usability and access for horses, bicycles etc which should be tagged additionally.
- (approved) Proposed features/Safety measures on hiking trails
- climbing=* - mapping of climbing routes