Thanks for writing in to clarify. You are correct that vertical gain is a critical component of these training plans for mountaineering. We write this plans for a very wide range of users and can try to make the flexible so that the individual can adjust them to meet his or her personal abilities. If we rigidly state a distance or vertical along with the workout time were run the risk of making that workout too hard for some and too easy for others.
That is why you will see in the instructions with all these workouts clearly states a MINIMUM suggested elevation gain. This leaves the stronger climber, or one with better access to vertical terrain the option of adding more vertical training into the plan. It should be obvious that the person who and train 5,000 vertical feet in a week will see bigger gains than one who can only mange 2,000 feet. But demanding 5000 feet from everyone might well overtrain some less fit climbers.
So adjust according to your capacity for this type of work.