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