It has come to my attention that the feet of climbing people claim for rides is pretty variable depending on how they measure. Route slip and similar sites seem to give higher numbers than I would have listed for a ride and some gps with barometric altimeters give higher numbers yet.
I had typically only counted the fairly long (for here) climbs and not even tried to account for the little jagged stuff in the graph or the rolling terrain. When organized rides list a particular number how is it usually arrived at?
I suspect the way I have been doing it has resulted in numbers as much as %50 lower than would be arrived at by other methods. As a result I want to better understand how others measure and maybe "recalibrate" my own method of doing this.
I also wonder if this is a regional thing and in Colorado they might count even more conservatively than I have been doing.