Grouse Grind Trail by Vitor Pamplona
The Grouse Grind is a busy trail that attracts more than 100,000 hikers per season. Of course, Mother Nature’s Stairmaster is a beautiful place and a perfect workout trail, however that’s not the only reason for its popularity. Grouse Grinders are a community of active people who organize various interesting events at the Grouse Grind.
Grouse Grind Challenge with Vancouver’s Top Sport Teams
This July, the Grouse Grind was invaded by athletes from Vancouver’s top sport teams, starting with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, most of whom finished the Grind with impressive times around 30 minutes. The Major League Soccer club was swiftly followed by the Vancouver Canucks Prospects. Since then, the Grouse Grind has been more often used by Vancouver’s sport teams including the B.C. Lions, Vancouver Canadians, Vancouver Giants, and the first team of the Vancouver Canucks. The Grouse Grind General Manager, Michael Cameron, says:
Vancouver’s professional athletes are without a doubt some of the best in the world and it will be fun to see who comes out on top. Not to mention it will be some added inspiration to avid Grinders to see if they can beat the pros’ times! If the result of our Grouse Grind Challenge is even better results in the arena, on the pitch, or on the diamond, the entire city will celebrate.
Grouse Grind Summer Social Nights
Another season of Grouse Grind Social Nights in Altitudes Bistro provides a cozy and pleasant way to relax and refresh yourself after a heart-pumping Grind up Mother Nature’s Stairmaster. It’s an ideal opportunity to meet other hikers and share your experiences or just to enjoy a comfy lounge and a refreshing beverage.
Grouse Grind Social Nights are held every Wednesday from May 30th to September 26th and start at 6:00 P.M. Each night includes a DJ, good company, and lots of fun.
Grouse Grind Mountain Run
The average time of the trail is about 90 minutes and it takes even longer for novice hikers. The trail, however, attracts a lot of ambitious and competitive hikers, many of whom race to the summit. The fastest hikers can register for the annual Grouse Grind Mountain Run, which takes place at the closing of the hiking season. Several hundred professional and amateur competitors from across the country gather each year at Grouse Mountain to compete with time, themselves, and the Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.
There are different categories encompassing hikers of all ages and athletic categories. The race begins at Valley Station and ends 1,127 metres above sea level at Peak plateau. The official course record to date for men is 25:01 held by Sebastian Salas, and for women the record is 31:04 held by Leanne Johnston. However, the unofficial fastest time is amazing 23:48, also set by Sebastian Salas.
The Grouse Grind Mountain Run is considered the premier event of the season and therefore it also offers a daunting challenge to athletic newcomers seeking to conquer the mountain for the first time. You can submit your Early Bird registration for the 22nd Annual Grouse Grind Mountain Run here until August 31st.
Grind For Kids is a fundraising program that leverages the eagerness of the thousands of people in the Lower Mainland that do the Grouse Grind on a regular basis. Hikers sign up and ask friends, family, and co-workers to pledge $1 or more for every Grouse Grind they do between the opening and the end of the season. After the end of the season, participants will share their success with the people who have pledged them and request they fulfill their pledges. The money is donated to the BC Children’s Hospital.
Grouse Grind Ambassadors
This is the first year of the Grouse Grind Ambassadors program in which Columbia Sportswear donates brand new sports gear to several “Grouse grinders”. This year, the Grind community was asked a simple question, “Why do you Grind?” and ten Ambassadors were chosen according to their responses. They’re all unique individuals with different stories, all of whom share the same passion for the outdoors and Grouse Mountain. The first six Ambassadors have already been introduced here.
Seek the Peak Relay
Seek the Peak is a challenging, 16-kilometre course that starts on the beach at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver, continues through North Vancouver, and eventually leads to Grouse Grind, the Peak of Vancouver. This year’s Seek the Peak was held on June 17th but we are already looking forward to the next year’s 10th year anniversary of this excellent event. The main idea of Seek the Peak is to rethink what matters, our pain thresholds, ambitions, and priorities.