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For example I took the East slope approach for Pikes Peak where the distance is 26 miles with 7,500 ft of elevation gain and the hypotenuse distance was 26.15 miles. It is probably more because I used the elevation gain and if you have losses then the distance would be greater. I know it doesn't matter but that's about an eight of a mile further than you thought you hiked. Yes, I am bored at work by the way, now do I add or subtract the the curvature of the earth?
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However I think many of the stated trail lengths are already measured and given as distance on the ground.
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Voodoo302 wrote: Buuuut I have a feeling this is going to be FAR less than the hypotenuse adds.
Considering we have 26 miles from TH to summit on the horizontal plane, my sloppy math gives around 26.000036 miles. A better estimate would probably be around 26.00005 mi
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GPS measurements could take 3-D distance into account, but they're fundamentally off anyway; they tend to cut switchbacks, in that the periodic samples will interpolate straight lines onto curving trails.
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I walk off the end of switchbacks to pee, so I would have to add distance!Jim Davies wrote:GPS measurements could take 3-D distance into account, but they're fundamentally off anyway; they tend to cut switchbacks, in that the periodic samples will interpolate straight lines onto curving trails.
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Jim Davies wrote:GPS measurements could take 3-D distance into account, but they're fundamentally off anyway; they tend to cut switchbacks, in that the periodic samples will interpolate straight lines onto curving trails.
A number of units have a 1-second sampling option, and are repeatable within .25% over the same course in my experience.
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Why are you making that assumption?
It can wait forever. I cannot.
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