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JOSM Kechan submits data to OpenStreetMap using JOSM.
RapiD Kechan submits data to OpenStreetMap using RapiD.
Go_Map Kechan submits data to OpenStreetMap using Go Map!!.
Chrome This user prefers Google Chrome.
OSM Bi Logo Kechan identifies as Bisexual
State of the Map 2019 - pronoun badges Kechan uses the pronouns they/them/theirs
Accessibility pictogram Kechan supports efforts to make OpenStreetMap accessible
Yamaha Saxophone YAS-62.tif This user plays the saxophone
Bike Kechan
is a bicyclist.
Hiker Kechan
is a hiker.
Geocaching.svg Kechan maps while geocaching.
Pole multi attachement.png Kechan is interested in micromapping.
...? Kechan appreciates the use of Good changeset comments.
Cat silhouette.svg Kechan
is not a cat.

I am a mapper from Laramie, Wyoming. It is up to you to decide how good I am at mapping.

Where I edit

I mostly edit in and around Laramie, Wyoming. I also edit in Cheyenne, Fort Collins, Springfield (MO) and the Black Hills. I did use iD, until I found JOSM and now I mainly use that but I also get use out of Go Map!! and Rapid.


I made all the userboxes for musical instruments. I only play one of these (the alto sax). I haven't done much else here other than adding a picture for the Tag:man_made=street_cabinet page.

I am a 1.45 on the OSM Purity Self-Test


With Rapid you can add buildings and roads using AI. I made another account for this.

My Story

I have had an interest in mapping from a very young age. I went to Montessori and instead of schoolwork I would look at a book containing all the flags in the world with maps showing where they were. Within a couple months I had the entire book and all the flags of every country on earth memerized (keep in mind that I am in second grade). For a long time that was that until 2020 when I found out about geocaching.

I was fully engrossed in this activity (and still am to this day) and the background map was in comparitively high detail than other services like Google Maps. I did not think much of it but I did see that in the corner it said "©OpenStreetMap contributors" I clicked on the link and saw a very detailed map and thought "Oh. This is where they get their data from." However, I never caught on to the fact that this map was editable.

A year later, I did a similar thing but this time I finally saw that I too could edit the map. Very quickly I filled in holes I had noticed from the Geocaching map, but for some reason it wasn't updating. From there, it was a complete obsession, that lasted much longer than anything else. However, as I have edited out Laramie and micromapping is all that can be done there, the rate of editing has been slowing down as of late.