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  • #16
    I believe the shorter staircase pictured actually rises up the north side of Colden proper from the col. It is on the same slope as the longer one pictured. The ladder, if it exists other than in my head, is on the opposing slope b/w the col and Colden north.

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    • #17
      Thanks! I looked at that long staircase too quickly and assumed it was the one on Colden's southern side. The "cantilevered rock" you mentioned should've given me the clue it's the staircase on the northern side. OK, so those two are on the north side plus a ladder.


      So that leaves two staircases on the south side plus two ladders near the cleaved rock.
      Looking for Views!

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      • #18
        Frivolous & only slightly on topic, but my sister just shared with me a photo of my mother with me as a very small toddler -- proving that I started on ladders at a very early age.
        (My mother always said I was impossible to keep in cribs since I kept climbing out of them.)

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        • #19
          Nice work, Taras. The steps on the trail to lake Tear are on the Feldspar trail (west approach from the Opalescent). Big Slide seems more like steps than a ladder to me...what's left of it. Also, I have a photo of myself on one of the Beaver Meadow Falls ladders, that has 8 rungs and is nearly 10 feet tall. It's one of those that you have to climb up on the way down. I no longer know how to post photos here, so you'll have to trust me. :-)
          Nature we have always with us, an inexhaustible storehouse of that which moves the heart, appeals to the mind, and fires the imagination - health to the body, a stimulus to the intellect, and a joy to the soul. - John Burroughs

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          • Trail Boss
            Trail Boss commented
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            Thanks!

            You wouldn't happen to know at what elevation along the Feldspar?

            I agree some of the older infrastructure was more stair-like than ladder-like. However, the way I see it, the new stairs on Colden and the Orebed Trail set the bar higher for what now qualifies as stairs.

            You can walk up/down the new ones like a staircase at home. However, the old ones, like the disintegrating one on Big Slide, require a lot more balance and finesse to ascend/descend like stairs. I've seen a lot of hikers who negotiate it like a ladder.

            The other aspect is a matter of usability. Stairs are depicted like railway ties along the trail. In other words, a few feet of trail are shown using a different line-pattern. Unless you zoom the map to maximum magnification, you're unlikely to even notice the staircase.

            Here's what the staircase along Orebed Brook Trail looks like in OSM:
            http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=4....8676&layers=N

            It is visible at medium zoom levels because it's a very long staircase!

            Anyone know how many steps it has? I can add it to the map.
            Last edited by Trail Boss; 10-26-2017, 10:26 AM.

        • #20
          As an experiment, I added the short staircase (< 10') located near Cascade's summit. As expected, it's too short to be visible on the map unless you zoom in to the maximum level (19) and even then it just looks like a smudge on the trail.
          http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=4...86018&layers=N

          In comparison, the longer staircase on the Mount Colden Trail is visible at a modest magnification level of 15.
          http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15....9677&layers=N

          Unfortunately, ladders and ropes aren't displayed on the standard version of OpenStreetMap, only on specialized versions fine-tuned for hiking.
          Looking for Views!

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          • FoulHooked
            FoulHooked commented
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            "In comparison, the longer staircase on the Mount Colden Trail is visible at a modest magnification level of 15."

            ...and then appears to disappear again when fully zoomed in?

          • Trail Boss
            Trail Boss commented
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            That's because of the way OpenStreetMap goes about displaying additions and modifications. A change takes time to "percolate" through each zoom level. It's usually finished after a few days ... and then takes even more time to be picked up by other maps that are based on OSM (like OpenCycleMap, OpenTopoMap, etc).

            There's also the usual constraint where some details simply aren't shown at all zoom levels. For example, foot-bridges disappear at around zoom level 13 or 14.

        • #21
          When I took the Scenic over Sawteeth, onto Gothics and down the Beaver Meadow trail, I remember climbing several ladders. Was it only three?

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          • Trail Boss
            Trail Boss commented
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            I'm currently focusing on ladders with more than 3-4 rungs, so only the ones that are 6+ feet long.

            - Two on Scenic.

            - There are several ladders at the top of Beaver Meadow Trail but only one is reported to be more than 6 feet tall.

            - One near the junction of West River Trail and Beaver Meadow Trail.

            That's four ladders eligible for inclusion in OpenStreetMap. I know the location of three of them and needs the coordinates for the tall ladder at the upper end of the Beaver Meadow Trail.

          • DennisK
            DennisK commented
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            Got it. Thanks Taras.

        • #22
          If anyone has geotagged photos of ladders and staircases (see red items in the first post), I can use them to identify their location. If you're using your phone's camera and GPS is activated, chances are your pics are geotagged. If you're willing to share them with me, please contact me via PM. Thanks!
          Looking for Views!

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          • Makwa
            Makwa commented
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            TB... have you thought of contacting DSettahr? As I recall he is/was involved in cataloguing/ inventorying trail improvements. He might be able to point you to a resource with all of this info.

          • Trail Boss
            Trail Boss commented
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            Good idea! Thanks! PM sent.

        • #23
          I like these annotations. Maybe also add in 'plank bridges' or whatever they are called. An example would be what you find at Elk Pass trail through the ponds.

          Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk

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          • Trail Boss
            Trail Boss commented
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            I typically only indicate bridges that span a waterway like a brook or river. I've skipped 'bog bridges' like the one along the trail to Iroquois and similar. It's not because they're insignificant but because I don't have their coordinates and they have a low priority in my list of things to show in OpenStreetMap.

            I haven't seen the new one in Elk Pass yet (but I know where it is). I may get a chance to see it this month if my knee improves a little faster.
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