My Strava Climbing Number

The Climbing Number is the greatest number of days that you've ridden amount of elevation gain.
So, if you've managed 100 or more days with at least 100 feet of climbing on each day, then your number is 100.
If you've only managed 65 or more days of climbing at least 65 feet, then your score is 65.
Many thanks to James Adams for coming up with the idea of the Climbing Number!

Like the Eddington Number, it's an interesting self-improvement statistic, but is quite difficult to calculate - so here is a Strava-based tool that does it for you!

Other tools available:
»My Strava Eddington Number
»My Strava Segments
»Going the distance on Strava

To get started:


by d coy on 23 September 2021
so I have an issue with my watch no collecting the correct elevation, so I need to manually update every strava entry to use strava data to correct that. Does this use the strava elevation or the GPS data that my watch incorrectly recorded?
by John Swindells on 24 September 2021
Hi, and thanks for your question. When you update an activity on Strava, that should automatically update it in my records too - as long as authorisation criteria are met. If you'd like me to check, please post a couple of example Strava activity URLs where you've updated the elevation.
by Alan Smith on 12 September 2018
I think this is great, I have a very lowly number, because I have a lowly number of rides, it's great to see it increase each time I go out, but I know once I get to around 250 which could be several years off it will then be harder to get it to increase. I only ride MTB on trials & canal sides so have to go hunting for hills/slopes
by John Swindells on 19 September 2018
That's great to hear, Alan. Keep hunting out those climbs!
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by Doug on 13 December 2017
Love the climbing number John. Although I've only been on Strava for just over a year, the climbing number gives me something else to keep me motivated to do rides with a certain elevation. There's a local chap who has been on Strava for five years and has a climbing number of 880 metres, so he is a bit of an inspiration for me as is the climbing number concept itself. Thanks for providing it.
by John Swindells on 13 December 2017
Hi Doug, thanks for the feedback! Glad to hear that this climbing number is motivating you to hit the hills.
by Steve O on 09 April 2017
@Huggy & @Alan Thompson

True at first, but I'm up to close to 700. Getting to 1000 (imperial) is going to take some effort.

by Joris on 01 February 2017
Great addition, John! Also here it might be interesting to see in which bottom/top percentage of all other riders you are....
by Alan Thompson on 19 January 2017
I think the equation needs adjusting. For most people the number will simply be the number of days they rode their bike.
by John Swindells on 24 January 2017
I'm not sure how I could adjust it without it getting confusing. Dividing by 10 might work, but we'd be dealing in units of decimetres and decifeet (!). The current formula certainly has merit for riders with a lot of miles (and hills) under their belts, so maybe less experienced riders should stick to the Eddington Number? I don't know.
by Tony on 17 January 2017
Thanks - another very useful summary measure. Love the option to 'switch to metric'. Mine is 1071 imperial and 605 metric. (I live in the hills!)
by John Swindells on 24 January 2017
Wow, good work Tony! I have a metric number of 275, and am 50 off 300 - so have a bit of a wall to climb ;)
by Peter on 17 January 2017
Interesting idea John, but I'm not sure that the choice of units works, although the metric version (metres) is a bit more useful than feet.

The other thing is that elevation gain is a very unreliable measure: I've been on bunch rides where the variation can be /- 20% between people who've ridden the exact same course.

by Kevin Morice on 17 January 2017
I am with Huggy, very much like the swim eddington number (1 or 2 unless you are a full time swimmer and anything above 4 you are a freak) this one has no real value. It is basically just a count of how many rides you have done that aren't entirely downhill. Even my mostly donwhill 7-mile ride to work clocks in over 100ft of climbing.
by Huggy on 16 January 2017
Hmm... not sure about this one is anyone's climbing number, in feet especially, significantly different from just days out on bike? Mines 49 in ft or meters difficult not to increase that by 1 every time I go out.
by John Swindells on 16 January 2017
It's a bit of an experiment. I guarantee that it will get progressively more difficult to increase your "Climbing Number" as you do more rides!
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