Hillscore...what is it?

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May 2017
6:55pm, 10 May 2017
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Fragile Do Not Bend
Probably a bug ๐Ÿ˜…
Sep 2019
12:06pm, 12 Sep 2019
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Gooner
Did we ever actually figure this out? ๐Ÿค”
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9:52am, 24 Apr 2020
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Gooner
Fetch... anybody...?
May 2020
3:52pm, 21 May 2020
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Joophy
I was wandering the same thing and came across this thread, so resurrecting in search of an answer.

As a test I created a short route that just goes straight up a steep hill and back down again and got:

2.3km 33m ascent 33m decent with hillscore of 2783, which is very high for a short route.
May 2020
4:04pm, 21 May 2020
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CumbriAndy
I've a very vague recollection from a very long time ago that it was an attempt to indicate how hilly a route is overall based on some complicated relationship between elevation gain and distance travelled. I can't remember what the parameters were but I think a short route with a big hill would score higher than a longer route with the same hill.

The only person with a clue how it's actually computed will be Fetch
May 2020
4:14pm, 21 May 2020
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HappyG(rrr)
I thought distance travelled came into it too. So lots of ascent over shorter distance (i.e. steeper, not just more uphill) was a higher score. But that's just a vague recollection.

The other issue might be Garmin (other GPS / altimeters are available!) logging incorrect ascent / descent and then it being corrected (using elevation correction, which I think uses the heights as known on a map based on your GPS traces, not the elevation ascent descent measured by the device)?
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12:36pm, 28 May 2020
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CrispByNature
I was just wondering exactly what hillscore means - I'm glad I read through all of this thread to find out!

I quite like the mystery of it though..

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Just a quick one (hopefully), the hillscore on a route, what exactly does it relate to?

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