I have a question that bothers me to effectively plan a route. Does the route show actual ascent/descent or just elevation gain/loss?
As illustrated below, the ascent for this hike from A to G is 15m (5+2+5+3), whereas the elevation gain is only 9m (5+4). Similarly, the descent between C and F is 6m (-4-2), whereas elevation loss from A to G is still zero.
- If the route shows only the elevation gain, it's not that useful for planning a hike for the day, because its the ascent that would determine the effort I will have put in for a hike. As the ascent is additive, it will also affect the time required for the hike.
- I know the track currently shows only elevation gain & loss - although it incorrectly mentions it as Ascent & Descent in the track profile - because at the end of a day's hike when your return to the trailhead, the gain and loss are practically the same, exactly what would happen if you were to hike up from A to G and then back down to A in the above illustration.
Although I am categorizing this as an iOS Feature request, this applies to all platform because it relates to how the hike data is collated and presented for routing and track.
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