Ranger Danger: Vancouver’s Grouse Grind Trail Gets 2 Rangers to Help Hikers

Photo credit: Michael Brown | Flickr

Photo credit: Michael Brown | Flickr

Vancouver’s Grouse Grind will be a little bit safer this summer.

The famously gruelling route to the top of Grouse Mountain –  which climbs 2,830 stairs over the course of 2.9 kilometres – now has a pair of dedicated park rangers. For the 2015 hiking season, which commenced May 8, Metro Vancouver has hired the rangers to patrol the trails and assist hikers.

The rangers are currently on the job, though they’re still waiting for official uniforms, according to a CBC article. Their primary role is to ensure that hikers are prepared for the challenging ascent, properly hydrated and wearing adequate footwear. In addition they’ll be able to assess injuries on the trail and liaise with firefighters and North Shore Rescue when more assistance is needed.

But the new rangers won’t be policing the route or enforcing by-laws.

Each year more than 150,000 people tackle the Grouse Grind, which ascends through 853 metres of Pacific coastal rainforest and has earned the nickname Mother Nature’s Stairmaster. Continue reading:
Ranger Danger: Vancouver’s Grouse Grind Trail Gets 2 Rangers to Help Hikers

Grouse Grind to open this Friday!

Photo:  janheuninck | Inside Vancouver Flickr pool

Photo: janheuninck | Inside Vancouver Flickr pool

Just in time for the weekend, Grouse Mountain is pleased to announce that as per Metro Vancouver, the Grouse Grind will open for the 2015 hiking season on Friday, May 8th from 6:15 am until 7:00 pm.

With summer just around the corner, we are very excited that the iconic Grouse Grind trail will open for the season,” said Grouse Mountain general manager Michael Cameron.  “As Vancouverites’ favourite destination for outdoor fitness, we cannot wait to begin another exciting season of fundraising and achievement on ‘Mother Nature’s Stairmaster’.”

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Grouse Grind to open this Friday!

Grouse Grind Closed? Try the New “Urban Grind” inside the Stairwell of the 553-Foot Harbour Centre

Photo credit: GoToVan | Flickr

Photo credit: GoToVan | Flickr

The Grouse Grind may be Vancouver’s most famous (and gruelling) hike. The steep, 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain has a total of 2,830 steps, earning it the nickname Mother Nature’s Stairmaster. Each year, 150,000 people make the ascent.

But during winter – when the trail is often closed due to weather conditions – all those “Grouse Grinders” are generally out of luck, with no place to blast their quads and gluts. Except this year.

This March, the 553-foot-tall Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver is opening up its 40 flights of stairs to fitness buffs. Continue reading:
Grouse Grind Closed? Try the New “Urban Grind” inside the Stairwell of the 553-Foot Harbour Centre

First Impressions, Part 5: Vancouver’s Mountains

High View Lookout Morning Photo Credit: Anders Falk via Flickr

High View Lookout Morning Photo Credit: Anders Falk via Flickr

Hello again, Vancouver.

In case you missed the last installment of this series, my name is Tom. I’m new in Town.

I just moved here from my hometown of Ottawa. It was a bit of leap of faith because I’d never been to BC before, but it’s all paid off. You see, I’ve already fallen in love with your city.

Vancouver has a lot going for it: great sports teams, delicious restaurants, beautiful parks, and more. But as I clumsily learn my way through its neighbourhoods—all unfamiliar to me—I’m learning that there is so much more to this city than the obvious. As a Vancouver newbie, I’m finding that even the city’s ordinary is excellent. Even the mundane is thrilling. Yes, Vancouver, with my fresh set of eyes, I’m here to remind you to appreciate the little things—the lovely little things—because your city is full of them.

A perfect example? Vancouver’s mountains.

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First Impressions, Part 5: Vancouver’s Mountains

Grouse Grind Opens Up for the 2014 Summer Hiking Season

Grouse Grind Hike 2014

Image courtesy of janheuninck | Flickr.com

No visit to Vancouver is complete without a trip up the Peak of Vancouver, and for many visitors and locals alike, the best way to get up Grouse Mountain is by foot. The only way you can go about doing that is by conquering the Grouse Grind, Vancouver’s notoriously hard hiking trail that’ll get you sweating, cursing, and shaking your fist at the world.

This past long weekend, the Grouse Grind opened up for the season after weeks of maintenance. Often referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”, the Grouse Grind is a great excuse for a workout in the woods.

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Grouse Grind Opens Up for the 2014 Summer Hiking Season