Speed and distance calculations: Do they consider change in altitude?
Good afternoon all,
This probably won't apply to many people but for certain sports such as skiing where changes in altitude are large it could skew statistics.
So do the calculations for determining speeds and distances take the change in altitude into account?
E.g. If I ski down a hill for 5 km (as seen on a flat map) and descend 1000 m, is my distance travelled shown as 5 km or as slightly longer (5.1 km) because of the drop?
Most of the time this wont be a problem because the discrepancy is so small but if, for example, you want to know your maximum speed down a 40 degree slope then the discrepancy could start to get quite large.
If it is not the case that altitude is considered I won't suggest it as an idea because I understand that discrepancies also work the other way; a calculated distance which is longer than that displayed on a 2D map could also cause problems. I just think it is something good to know that's all!
Thanks in advance for your response!