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.
on a whim, I’ve decided to blog about my favorite pastime in BC, which is going on short treks / long walks with my lovely wife in the beautiful BC countryside. Related to this, I guess I must blog about our paranoia of meeting a bear in the wild.
The first trek that we ever did after we moved to BC in August last year was around Buntzen Lake. The trek itself took us just over two hours. There are some elevation changes over the 10 kilometer walk, but overall the walk itself is not too challenging.