Last night my wife asked me a question about feet of climb I could not adequately answer. So, I thought I would post it here. I have always wondered the same thing actually and have never gotten a “simple” explanation. So, here goes, how is feet of climb calculated? What is the formula, if you will, for calculating it? Is it related to sea level, etc, etc
For example, on day one this year it says we will have 2592 feet of climb. Does that simply mean when we get to Atlantic we will be 2592 feet higher than we were in Council Bluffs? I can’t imagine that is the case.
By the way, my explanation was pretty simple. In 2016 from Glenwood to Creston we had about 4000 feet of climb and that day was brutal for me. In 2017 we had under a 1000 feet from Algona to Clear Lake. That was like coasting. That was my explanation to her, 4000 is really hard and 1000 is really easy.
Anyone have a simple explanation of it?