This week, I had to suddenly go back to the mainland for an event. I went to an alumni high school get together. A few people could not recognize me, which was pretty funny.
Anyway, my brother and I wanted to get together and hang out. He had the crazy idea of attempting the Grouse Grind again. Now if you are not familiar with the Grouse Grind it is a 2.9 km (1.8 mile) hike, 2830 steps, 3700 foot summit and it is located in North Vancouver. It is best to hike on a clear day, since the view from the top is AMAZING. However, it was pretty foggy when we finished.
So I met my brother at his apartment and we drove over to North Vancouver. Here is the Lions Gate Bridge, so beautiful.
Now, the last time Josh and I hiked this bad boy we were both a little out of shape. I was about 30 or so lbs heavier then I currently am. Last time, it took us over an hour and twenty or so minutes. We felt like we were absolutely dying!
So the trail is pretty much stairs the entire way. Also known as natures stair climber! If you are going to try this hike I definitely suggest a good pair of shoes. I ALWAYS see people attempting it with flip flops or converse. NO…just no.
My brother and I took a watch to time ourselves this time, last time we forgot to and it honestly felt like it was a never ending experience! The trail is marked at every quarter mark, and I remember last time seeing the 1/4 of the way there sign. I was baffled that we were not more then half the way there. This time? That marker did not bother me at all. I was feeling very energized at this point still and we hadn’t had a water break yet! It was mighty “mucky” towards the top of the trail. There was still snow at the top of the mountain so their was a good amount of run off from that.
We both pushed ourselves and felt very good. The website for Grouse Mountain says that the average finishing time for a novice hiker was an hour and a half. We managed to push and finish in under an hour at 58:45! We both were very happy to see the top and very happy to see we kicked some major caboose! Burnt 651 calories.
Well don’t I look happy. I was super happy with our effort and felt FANTASTIC after. We had no appetite after so we decided to purchase the gondola ticket back to the base of the mountain and take it back home for a nutritious dinner there!
I am planning on doing this hike a few times this summer, I find it a huge victory that I felt so good afterwards. It is fun to revisit things that I found super challenging and realize how much my fitness has improved. Such a good feeling!
What is something you have noticed that you have improved on in the past year or two?