Success! Well, sort of. While I completed the climb in 58 minutes, which was less than my target of 1 hour, The Grind was closed for maintenance so I climbed the adjacent BCMC instead. While the “Grouse Grind” climbs up the side of Grouse Mountain over 2.9 kilometers, the BCMC climbs up the side of Grouse over 3.4 kilometers. To put it another way, the trails start at the same place (parking lot D on Grouse) and finish at the same place (the top of the Grouse mountain) but the BCMC is about 20% longer. This means the slope is less steep: to be precise, the slope is a 25% gradient on the BCMC instead of a 29% gradient on the Grind.
I thought I would kick-start my blog, post my Summer hiatus, with another fitness challenge. Tomorrow, I take on the infamous “Grouse Grind” for the first time.
For those who do not know what the “Grouse Grind” is, it is a 2.9 kilometres climb up the side of Grouse Mountain, which lies on the North Shore of Vancouver. Obviously, the distance isn’t the challenge. It is the elevation gain: 853 metres (2,800 feet), which are “gained” step-by-step over 2,830 stairs!
To put this into perspective, the “Grouse Grind” is comparable to climbing the Burj Khalifa, the World’s tallest structure, which has 2,909 steps from Ground floor to Level 160 and is 829.8 metres tall.