View Full Version : Is there such a thing as a combination mileage AND elevation gain/loss calculator?

11-18-2013, 10:34
I am familiar with the excellent http://www.atdist.com/ calculator.

What I am wondering is if there is a calculator that has that same data AND the "total elevation change" or "elevation gain and loss" that will correspond to the mileage being calculated?

Perhaps I am not using the terms correctly. What I would like to be able to do is display that gain/loss data as a column/s on an excel spreadsheet as I plan my next hike. Of course, one glance at an elevation profile map can tell me "big day" or "easy day". What I am trying to do is put that in numerical form and on to a single document (excel spreadsheet).

Thus far I have been unsuccessful in using google to find such a calculator. Does anyone know of one?

11-18-2013, 11:52
AWOL has a tool on his website that might help you. I have used it a time or two. Go to http://theatguide.com/. On the left choose "Hike Planning", then "Daily Plans". You might have to use a combination of plans for your particular trip. This is the only resource like this that I have bumped in to; I am sure there are others out there...

map man
11-18-2013, 13:07
This article might help you:


It has the elevation gain and loss per mile for various sections (in as fine a detail as shelter to shelter if that is what you want) and also includes the mileage between points as they existed a few years ago when the article was researched and written. The data is not available in a spreadsheet -- you would have to do that yourself.

Edit: in the "comments" section for the original article submission there was a user or two who did the work involved to put the data in a spreadsheet but those comments seem to have disappeared into the ether.

11-18-2013, 13:17
I have almost the entire PCT data for elevation gain and loss per mile (actually half of two miles.). In the end as Lone Wolf says, it's just walking. If you are doing a thru you will soon learn that elevation gain won't matter near as much as it used to.

11-18-2013, 20:36
When it gets steeper, you just slow down to a pace you can maintain.
That may be a step every couple of seconds.