Pedaling Fool

09-01-2010, 15:53

I’ve noticed that when people sometimes talk about elevation gain during a hike what they’re really talking about is elevation gain/loss. Maybe I’m misunderstanding it, but aren’t these two completely different things.

An example:

If one walk 5 miles starting from sea level (SL) and it’s broken down as such:

Mile 1 – Elevation 0 ft – 500ft –----- A gain of 500 ft (500ft above SL)

Mile 2 – Elevation 500 ft – 250ft ------ A loss of 250 ft (250ft above SL)

Mile 3 – Elevation 250 ft – 325 ft ----- A gain of 75 ft (325 ft above SL)

Mile 4 – Elevation 325 ft – 300 ft ----- A loss of 25 ft (300 ft above SL)

Mile 5 – Elevation 300 ft – 500 ft ----- A gain of 200 ft (500 ft above SL)

Now in the above schedule one would have a net gain of 500 feet after 5 miles of hiking, but he would have an elevation gain of 775 ft, with a total elevation gain/loss of 1,000 feet.

So in the above scenario you can not say you had a total elevation gain of 1,000 feet. I’ve heard people say that the total elevation gain on a thru-hike is over 91 miles, but it’s not that’s the total elevation gain/loss.

I don’t believe (some one correct me if I’m wrong) that no one has published how much elevation gain is done on a thru-hike, not to mention elevation gain broken down by section.

BTW, I know of Map Man’s article on elevation gain / loss http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=31293, but I've never seen anything on just elevation gain.

An example:

If one walk 5 miles starting from sea level (SL) and it’s broken down as such:

Mile 1 – Elevation 0 ft – 500ft –----- A gain of 500 ft (500ft above SL)

Mile 2 – Elevation 500 ft – 250ft ------ A loss of 250 ft (250ft above SL)

Mile 3 – Elevation 250 ft – 325 ft ----- A gain of 75 ft (325 ft above SL)

Mile 4 – Elevation 325 ft – 300 ft ----- A loss of 25 ft (300 ft above SL)

Mile 5 – Elevation 300 ft – 500 ft ----- A gain of 200 ft (500 ft above SL)

Now in the above schedule one would have a net gain of 500 feet after 5 miles of hiking, but he would have an elevation gain of 775 ft, with a total elevation gain/loss of 1,000 feet.

So in the above scenario you can not say you had a total elevation gain of 1,000 feet. I’ve heard people say that the total elevation gain on a thru-hike is over 91 miles, but it’s not that’s the total elevation gain/loss.

I don’t believe (some one correct me if I’m wrong) that no one has published how much elevation gain is done on a thru-hike, not to mention elevation gain broken down by section.

BTW, I know of Map Man’s article on elevation gain / loss http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=31293, but I've never seen anything on just elevation gain.