With the grind closed for COVID, I'm looking for a BIG set of stairs to train on. Ideally within an hour of cycling from downtown. Any suggestions?
Like the title says this is just a helpful guide for those thinking of doing the Grind for their first time or maybe revisiting after several years.
I do this hike as my cardio during the months it’s open so I see my fair share of hiking blunders, especially in the past few warm days. I hope beginners (and tourists) find this helpful.
-Let’s talk gear first. If you aren’t really going to get into hiking you don’t need hiking boots to do this trail, sturdy runners with a good tread will be just fine. Leave the sandals, crocs, flips flops, ballet flats (Toms are flats, people), and any other “fashion” type shoe at home. There is loose rock and smooth granite so you will want good traction and support.
-You don’t need a massive back pack but you do need something to carry a water bottle and a snack (more on that below) so anything is better than nothing but you also want it to be comfortable. A regular school backpack is just fine. You don’t want a purse or bag that is going to be... keep reading on reddit ➡
saw the post about Grouse grind and never tried it. Instead of making it a race, I could go for a more leisurely climb where I take photos and bring a picnic with a break in between.
Does it make a difference what my weight is and would it be easier if I don't carry a backpack at all but just a waterbottle or a small bag lunch? If I'm a bigger guy and not a skinny person, does that mean I would struggle more...
Hey I'm wondering if the grouse grind is still safe to do at around 6PM today?
I can generally finish the Grind in about an hour within pushing myself too hard. Going with some other fit people but non-hikers.
Should I take head lamps or anything if I go?
Alternatively, I could go Saturday morning around 9AM, but I'm afraid it will be too crowded to be enjoyable.
I just ran into a bit of a pickle with Grouse Mountain. I signed up for the Grouse Multi-Grind Challenge, which is a charity event for The BC Children's Hospital where you pledge to do the Grind a certain amount of times in a day and collect donations from family and friends towards the BCCH. I'm super down with that, that sounds like fun! Well after collecting about 400$ in donations I found out this week, 4 days before the event, that in order to participate I have to purchase a Chip timer (25$) and an Annual Pass (149$). I went back into the sign up form, and sure enough, there it was in the "requirements" along with "must be 16 y/o" and "must raise a minimum of 200$". I was given the option of doing the grind Just once, but my name will not be registered on the board, leaving all the friends and family members who have already donated probably feeling a bit confused. Not a big deal, I can call all of them and tell them, and just do the BCMC+Grind a few times. I do... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hi all, I visited a while ago and managed to do the grind (2:15). It's my first ever "challenge" hike and I was looking forward to buying a hiking patch after completion. Unfortunately the store in the chalet didn't have any and the cashier said they were sold out because it's a very popular item.
Even more unfortunate, I can't seem to find anywhere online to buy a patch. Does anybody know if a) there actually is a patch for completing the grind, and b) how I might get my hands on one now that I'm back in Ontario?
I'm a dual citizen visiting Western Canada for the first time and got these recommendations from my BC friends who are unfortunately on vacation during my first (and hopefully not last) trip to BC. Any input on this is helpful and appreciated
Hi locals of Vancouver
I did a search in the sub and didn’t find my answer after scrolling back a yearish so please let me know if this isn’t allowed.
I realise this is a bit of a tourist q (sorry!) but realistically how fit does one have to be to do the grouse grind?
The online ‘reviews’ on tripadvisor etc are varied. It looks pretty fun to me but I don’t know if I’d be able to do it because we don’t really have hikes of the same scale where I live. I walk a lot and do a steady 8k in around 45-50mins (yes I am slow), with gym training of some form (strength, rowing, cycling but no stepper as we don’t have one in the gym) every day. I’m still a little more chunky than funky but would love to have a go at it.
TLDR: how unfit can I be and survive the grind?
There were signs posted warning of possible intermittent trail closure due to maintenance. Past the 3/4 mark on the straightaway, a worker warned to not stop if proceeding through the upcoming section. About half way through, I hear someone yell ROCK and look up to see a fist sized rock hurtling down at me but looking it would pass behind me. I froze and the rock skipped, changed direction and passed a foot in front of my face. I have seen a rock narrow!y miss another hiker before and kids throwing rocks down the trail. Also this incident shows why you shouldn't hike with headphones.
Hi, Just wondering if there is any official word as to the prospects' Grouse Grind times?
I'm just curious. Thanks
These grey boxes have a silver looking pad-lock, are loosely attached to wooden posts, and seem to have one or two holes on the side. I'm wondering if they are counters of some sort? Who owns them? And if they do record data -- is it available to view anywhere?
Assuming it's open by then I'd like to go with a small group of people if possible reasonably early in the morning. I'm 53 so not looking for high performers. Just a group to share the climb in good conpany.
Grinders of Vancouver, how do you train to achieve a sub 40 grind? I'm in the 45s right now and from what I hear cycling is great but all I really have to work with are my feet. Should I be running longer distances, or would HIIT be more effective?
Is it better to go empty-handed or with a water bottle? I've gone empty-handed ever since I broke 50 minutes but I get some serious red eye bags from dehydration. I like that I can use my arms more though and it also prevents me from slowing down to get a drink.
Where do you think time is normally found? First quarter? Last quarter? Up the pace on all quarters? Run the beginning of the first? I can go twice a week at most, is my goal possible by the end of the season?
If it was the weekend, I think it'd be busy enough to be fine but I was gonna go tmrw after work at 4pm. Unfortunately, I cant grab anyone to join me and Im afraid 4pm before usual rush hour on a Friday might make the Grind not busy enough for cougars to keep a distance.. thoughts?
Has any one been up at all this year? I can't imagine there would be snow or too much ice to worry about.
Edit: can confirm conditions are great. The Grind kicked my ass. Thanks for the feedback.
We have the Nob Hill Greenway near Goose Spit. Ever been on that long flight of steps? Between Goose Spit itself and Yates Road, I counted 169 steps, and then between Yates and Moore, you get dozens more, although I didn't count those. I was there just earlier today, and boy, was I way out of breath after making it to the top.
Well, I live in Vancouver BC, and decided to run the grouse grind this weekend. I can comfortably run 15km so I wasn't concerned with the grind at all. For the unititiated, it's a 2.9km trail with an elevation gain of 2,800 feet. You literally run up a mountain. It took me 50 minutes. FIFTY. It was demoralizing. It kicked my ass. My legs felt like jelly. And I want to do it every weekend now. If you are ever in the area and looking for an intense workout check it out. It's worth the beer and view at the top.