How did climbers measure distances in the past without any technology?

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In a scene in Seven Years in Tibet, Heinrich and Peter make a bet over their calculations of the distance to Tibet. They are quite precise – 65 vs 68 kilometres. They don’t have any devices, not even a map. Just pencil and a notebook. When they reach the border, Heinrich says he wins the bet as it’s exactly 68 km, and Peter seems to agree. How did they measure it?

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I thought it was a reference to the British survey of India, but I’m likely wrong.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Trigonometrical_Survey

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