For determining their outfit, people/renderers/planners better look at the 
roads and paths in the route, elevation, that kind of thing, within the section 
they plan to do. Let them draw their own conclusions from that. General 
classification a priori of the entire route is not helpful to me.

Mvg Peter Elderson

> Op 15 aug. 2019 om 01:37 heeft Paul Allen <> het volgende 
> geschreven:
>> On Thu, 15 Aug 2019 at 00:13, Warin <> wrote:
>> One hiking trail I know of the locals usually go bare foot, not only because 
>> of poverty but also terrain. 
>> So the foot ware would be a guide, not a rule. 
>> Are all foot routes paved?  I would think so. 
> Around my town there are several footpaths that are paved.  But they're not 
> walking routes,
> just short cuts between locations.  Pretty much indistinguishable from a 
> sidewalk apart from
> not being at the side of a road.
> Around the outskirts of my town there are also several footpaths which, at 
> least in part, go
> across fields.  Again, not walking routes, just short cuts.  They could 
> probably be incorporated
> into walking routes but, as far as I know, nobody has done so.
> Then there are footpaths which are part of walking routes.  Usually unpaved, 
> cutting across fields
> or through woods.  And then there are hiking routes where the surface is 
> uneven, or stony, or
> boggy, or you have to ford through a stream.
>> Hiking route may have sections that are 'paved', mainly to prevent damage to 
>> the environment. 
> True.  Some of the walking and hiking routes I know of have a section, or 
> sections, along a road.
> But you choose footwear for the worst conditions you'll encounter on the 
> route, not the best.
> Going by the footwear was only a rule of thumb, but it seems like a useful 
> one.  There are going
> to be exceptions, but if you need hiking boots, and even fit people need a 
> walking stick to keep
> their balance, it's better to call it a hiking route than a walking route.  
> Similarly, if you could do it
> wearing slippers without any discomfort or getting wet feet, it's probably a 
> walking route.  It
> seems like useful guidance to mappers rather than not defining any 
> distinction at all.  But
> maybe somebody can come up with something better.
> -- 
> Paul
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