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## Maximum amount of altitude gain in 1 day

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### Re: Maximum amount of altitude gain in 1 day

If you're talking about total elevation gain (I don't live near tall enough mountains for much more than 1500m net gain), I can do 3000m in a very long day, but don't ask me to do anything the next day.
Example:
Adirondack Great Range

The record for that one is about six hours:
Fastest Known Time: Great Range Traverse

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### Re: Maximum amount of altitude gain in 1 day

Diego Sahagún wrote:For me:

Gain = SUM of all slopes in ascent

Total descended = SUM of all slopes in descent

I would agree with that if it wasn't so hard to measure

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### Re: Maximum amount of altitude gain in 1 day

The biggest elevation difference I made was almost 2,000m here in Bosnia on a mountain called Cvrsnica.
Starting point was at 160m and then up to the summit of Veliki Vilinac at 2,118m.

Very long day, almost 14 hours of walking and scrambling... Great hike and beautiful weather conditions!

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### Re: Maximum amount of altitude gain in 1 day

WouterB wrote:
Diego Sahagún wrote:For me:

Gain = SUM of all slopes in ascent

Total descended = SUM of all slopes in descent

I would agree with that if it wasn't so hard to measure

Take an altimeter or GPS with you

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### Re: Maximum amount of altitude gain in 1 day

Buz Groshong wrote:I prefer net gain, but then net gain is high point minus low point not finish minus start. Total gain is for type A freaks.

Do you try ridge traverses or multi-summit days? It's good to estimate accumulated gain beforehand, so you won't get pooped out and surprised on the way. and will pace properly. I went over 2 DPS peaks last Sunday; Palmer and Grapevine. By the net method, that would be 2000'. The true accumulated gain is about 6500'. Each summit requires multiple ups and downs.

For this hike, the net is about 1300'. The accumulated is over 7000'.

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### Re: Maximum amount of altitude gain in 1 day

The most I can remember doing in a single day with a full backpack was the Mt. Whitney trail (California, Sierra Nevada Mtns), from the 8500 ft trailhead to the 14500 ft Mt. Whitney summit where we spent the night. That's about 1850m. Also hiked up to a campsite on Mt. Williamson (near Mt. Whitney) that involved about the same elevation gain. I regularly do one-day hikes of 5000 ft/1500m elevation gain (and loss). Also done the one-day round trip hike to the summit of Chimborazo (Ecuador) from the Whymper hut; 16,000 ft/4880m to 20,700 ft/6300m

Its also relative to where you start; hiking up 1500m from sea level will be much easier than starting at 2000m and hiking up 1500m.

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### Re: Maximum amount of altitude gain in 1 day

MoapaPk wrote:
Buz Groshong wrote:I prefer net gain, but then net gain is high point minus low point not finish minus start. Total gain is for type A freaks.

Do you try ridge traverses or multi-summit days? It's good to estimate accumulated gain beforehand, so you won't get pooped out and surprised on the way. and will pace properly. I went over 2 DPS peaks last Sunday; Palmer and Grapevine. By the net method, that would be 2000'. The true accumulated gain is about 6500'. Each summit requires multiple ups and downs.

For this hike, the net is about 1300'. The accumulated is over 7000'.

Yep, and I use to estimate the accumulated gain before the whole thing then. Now, I want to totally recover from my cervical hernia as you know Moapa...

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### Re: Maximum amount of altitude gain in 1 day

About 7000' on several occasions is the most I've done walking in a day.

If your going by the Chief method of mechanical methods, I've done a little over 30,000' in a day. I rode the lift up, and skied down. Several times. (I guess I've probably doubled that if you count an airplane.)
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### Re: Maximum amount of altitude gain in 1 day

I did 6500' over 15 miles RT on Blanca in Summer, and 7400' and 14 miles on Whitney in Winter via the MR. In both cases I was only carrying a day pack and necessary gear, so the pack weight was 20 pound, tops. In both cases, up was easy, and I felt good. It was going down that wore me out. I remember hitting a point, about half down on both trips, where my legs were exhausted and my lower back, knees, and ankles would hurt. Having flat feet makes that much worse. Anyway, the next 3 or 4 days I'm usually very stiff in the legs. Those were day trips, but I've done over 4500' with a backpack on many different times. All were to go to higher basins in CO, CA, or WY. I was fine the next day or two to summit or climb. Once again going down was hard and that was where my legs got shredded.
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### Re: Maximum amount of altitude gain in 1 day

For me, I guess the biggest one day push would have to be Mt. Adams, where I did approx. 6,600+ ft. in 5.7mi. one way. So, 13,000' and eleven and a half mi. RT. Good, long day.

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### Re: Maximum amount of altitude gain in 1 day

Back when I was about 18 i climbed Pizzo di Claro from the Leventina Vally (Zwitzerland),
which comes down to a 2500m vertical gain and a 2500 vertical meter descent.
So a total of 5000 meters in one day.
But I could hardly walk the next day.....and the day after that

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### Re: Maximum amount of altitude gain in 1 day

I have done 8,500' to 9,000' vertical in a day numerous times, it seems to be my wall. I suppose I could do more, but it would cost me.

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### Re: Maximum amount of altitude gain in 1 day

Whoa, we are now adding descent to gain?

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