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.
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.