I need to calculate my elevation gain and loss.
Say I started at 1000 feet above sea level.
Then I go on a hike and go up and down hilly terrain.
I might reach some different elevations:
Is there a calculation or formula that I can use to determine my total gain and loss
based on my starting elevation of 1000?
We can take the difference of consecutive elevation and see our progress.
. . [Positive = hiking uphill. .Negative = hiking downhill.]
We find that we hiked a total of 560 feet uphill
. . and a total of 560 feet downhill.
We should not be surprised that the net distance is zero.
After all, we ended at the same elevation that we started from.