Grind Time!


Photo By freetoeknee

It’s that time of year again, folks. The Grouse Grind opened on May 13th and it’s already chock full of hardcore veterans and unsuspecting newbies alike. While I can’t say I’m a veteran by any stretch of the imagination I have made the trip up a couple of times already this year.

They say the average time to hike the 2.9km, 2800 ft. ascent is about an hour and a half. I was feeling pretty good about my time, which hovers around the 1 hour mark, until I read that the record for the fastest time is 26 minutes and 26 seconds. Ouch.

If you don’t want to go for speed, you could always try for the “most grinds in a year” record. Last year’s record is 145 grinds set by a gentleman named Harvey Nelsen. That is impressive. It’s even more impressive when you put it in perspective: 145 grinds is equal to nearly 3 times the height on Mt. Everest… and Harvey is in the 70+ age group!

For more info check out the official Grouse Grind Website.

3 Comments so far

  1. Jonathon Narvey (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 11:44 pm

    Was the 26 minutes and twenty six seconds record set by a mountain goat, or what? I guess I’ll just have to console myself by reminding myself that it is the journey, not the destination, that is important.

    Man, I’m out of shape. Time to hit that hike.

  2. Dane (unregistered) on June 13th, 2006 @ 7:01 am

    I believe the guy who set the record was not a goat, but a triathlete. I bet he could do the grind in less than :30 while fighting a goat.

  3. Jenny Lee Silver (unregistered) on June 13th, 2006 @ 9:26 am

    I don’t understand the allure that the grind has. This may be coloured by the time I spent working in the gift and gear shops at the top of Grouse in the lodge when I first moved out here, but I have not only never done the grind, but I also have no desire to go anywhere near the giant Stairmaster Extreme.

    It’s not scenic although the view from the top is – but you can get there by taking the old BCMC trail, or if you’re lazy, the tram, and you still end up in the touristy world of the Peak of Vancouver. It’s got more traffic than the lion’s gate on a monday morning. I’ve had numerous people tell me they go there to pick up, and have more luck there than at a singles bar.

    The main issue I had that probably influenced my view was that many of the daily Grinders arriving in the lodge would stretch right at the entrance to the store, where staff and visitors had to pretty much step over them, and then wander in to the store to buy some trail mix and pay with disgusting sweaty money they pulled out of the waist of their sweaty spandex shorts (no extra weight of a wallet when doing the grind, might slow you down.) Many of them walked around like they owned the place and were downright snobbish in the way they treated everyone else – always competing about their time, and downright shocked and appalled if you told them you hadn’t done it and didn’t want to.

    For myself, it sucks that I had to work minimum wage retail for a while when I first got out west, but when you’re broke you take what you can get. For the rest of the staff, mostly North Van teens and Seniors or people visiting and working in Canada from Australia, it was a good place to do some flexible part time work. None of us, however, deserved the treatment we got from many of those hardcore Grinders. They didn’t pay us enough for that.

    And then there was the guy who told me that he mountain biked up the Grind. Yeah. Right.

    And that is why I have no intention of doing the grind. [/rant]

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