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The Grouse Grind!

LBTC2010-05-01 16:52:18 +0000 #1
Wow! In North Vancouver, BC, there is a trail called the Grouse Grind. Here are the stats:

Length: 2.9 kilometres (1.8 miles)

Elevation Gain: 853 metres (2,800 feet)

- Base: 274 metres above sea level (900 feet)

- Summit: 1,127 metres (3,700 feet)

- Total Stairs: 2,830

Statistics: Annually, over 100,000 people hike the Grind™.

Average Time: On average it takes up to an hour and a half to complete the hike.

For novice hikers, up to two hours is recommended.

and a link for more info:

www.grousemountain.c...ips/grouse-grind.asp

We live a 4 hour drive away, so we don't get the chance to do it often. In fact, DH and I did this for the first time almost exactly a year ago, to celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. Well, this weekend, we did it again!

Last year, while I was still on the mend from my mysterious internal illness, I completed the hike in 1 hour 20 minutes. DH did it in 59 minutes.

This year, I had a goal to complete it in less than one hour, and DH wanted to do it in 50 minutes. It feels so wonderful to surpass our goals!!!

I had a time of 53 minutes!!!

DH had a time of 47 minutes!!!

So now we are thinking this will be an annual thing with a new goal each year. I think next year / next time I'll try for 50 minutes or less. Yahoooo!!

Hugs and butterflies,

~T~


Grog2010-05-01 16:55:45 +0000 #2
Cool! I've been meaning to do it ever since I first came to Vancouver four years ago and it has yet to happen. I considered taking my parents there last week but I'm afraid that would have been a bit much for my dad's joints. They must be closing soon, aren't they? I guess I should hurry up, or postpone the project again.

Congrats on the great times!

Last year there was a relay 10K that included the Grind. I wonder if it's still around... It raised funds for "alternative" cancer charities (research that's more oriented towards the chemical causes than the chemical cures)...

ETA: It's 16K, and it's "Rethink Breast Cancer," and it's over for this year, but perhaps TE women could come up with a team for next year? www.grousemountain.c...ventitem07050901.asp
Crankin2010-05-01 16:59:21 +0000 #3
My friends, who are serious cyclists, did this climb last year. They both said it was extremely challenging!

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