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What is Total Ascent and Why Is It Always Different?

In This Guide
  • What is Total Ascent?
  • Why is Total Ascent Often Wrong?
  • Improving the Altitude Reading on Your GPS

You might have noticed that the total ascent figures for many of the same hikes have different values for the same route. This video will show you what total ascent is, how it relates to elevation gain, and why it’s always different for consumer GPS units like wearables, handhelds, and smartphones.

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