Total ascent

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Definition of Total Ascent

The Total Ascent of a route is the sum of all vertical meters of those parts of the track that ascents. E.g. climbing twice a mountain of 2000m and coming back to your start point gives you a Total Ascent value of 4000m. Check also net ascent.

Difficulty level (relative)

The Difficulty level is expressed as a value 1/10 (very easy) to 10/10 (very difficult). 1/10 indicates that for this variable there are 90% of the routes more difficult. 10/10 indicates that for this variable there are 90% of the routes more easy.

Frequently asked questions/remarks

Why is it that the height differences (total ascent) is relatively higher than measured with other methods (e.g. GPS)?

There are a few reasons. A few are based on how we measure this variable at RouteYou. A few are based on the method you compare this number too. And the biggest imact is what they call the Coastline paradox: 

Coastline paradox

The effect due to how we measure the heights on RouteYou

The effect due to how other sources measure the heights and cumulative heights

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