Outdoor staircases (was: Anybody do the GROUSE GRIND?)

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    Sep 18, 2009 3:58 AM GMT
    The Grouse Grind is a set of stairs (mostly railway ties, rocks and roots) built into Grouse Mountain north of Vancouver. It's one of the most popular hiking trails in the Vancouver area, if you can call trudging up 2800 steps--the height of two World Trade Center towers--a hiking trail. It rises 853 meters in elevation over a run of 2.9 km, for an average grade of 30%.

    My sister and her bf, who are Grind devotees, joke that the people who attempt the Grind can be classified into three groups: Regulars, First-Timers, and Only-Timers, with the majority falling into the Only-Timer group--if they don't end up turning back!

    The benchmark for cardiovascular fitness is completing the Grind in under an hour.

    The Grind is so grueling that it was featured as an event in this year's World Police and Fire Games. And this upcoming Sunday (Sept 20) is the annual Grouse Grind Mountain Run...not a good day to Grind unless you're already a regular!

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/doing-the-grouse-grind/article1230259/
    http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/grouse-grind/



    I've done the Grind thrice in the past four years, in season, when I've visited Vancouver. I guess that makes me an Occasional Regular...
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    Sep 18, 2009 4:58 AM GMT
    When I lived out west I loved doing grouse grind... Did it a few times. I loved the view at the top!
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    Sep 18, 2009 5:47 AM GMT
    The best things about the grind are that it's within twenty minutes of downtown, you can get a beer at the top and most importantly, you can take the tram back down.
    I did twice a week last summer. I had a car accident early on this season and haven't managed to go again yet. Hoping to start again next week, if the rain stays away. Going in the rain seriously bites.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Sep 18, 2009 6:36 AM GMT
    I did it in bed tonight for a good hour!!!
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    Sep 18, 2009 7:53 AM GMT
    yeah, ive done it a few times. i basically live at the bottom of it.
    45 minutes... but i forgot water, so i just found a hose when i got to the top and soaked myself, haha

    but i like it, its a good little workout an fun excursion
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    Sep 22, 2009 5:56 AM GMT
    Just started hiking a few weeks ago (Atop Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale AZ in my profile pic) It's a great trail, nothing to compare it to, but I've been seven times now in two and a half weeks.

    Runs about 1.2 miles one way, 1,264 foot elevation gain. (Lot of big boulders to climb, most experienced hikers don't use the rails, but they're necessary in some parts)

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    After feeling how invigorating a good hike can be, I'm addicted!!! I want to climb mountains, hike different parts of the world, and the Grouse Grind definitely looks enticing icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 22, 2009 6:10 AM GMT
    I've been in Vancouver for a year and have strongly been discouraged from doing the grind for several reasons- mainly involving the large crowds overtaking the trail.... I'd much rather pay the 38 dollars to take the tramway to the summit icon_rolleyes.gif

    That said, I also climbed Camelback in Phoenix a few years back and, despite the crowds, thought it was a fun little adventure.
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    Jul 17, 2010 7:33 PM GMT
    Yet another outdoor staircase is The Incline in Manitou Springs in Colorado.

    http://www.colorado-springs-vacation.com/manitou-incline.html
    http://www.hikingintherockies.com/hiking/hike reports/manitouincline/manitouincline.htm

    Consisting of 2800 railroad ties, it is actually the old railbed from the Mount Manitou Scenic Incline railway. It gains 2011 feet in elevation over about a mile, for an average grade of 40%. The Incline technically crosses private property, but it is extremely popular among the public as well as the athletes at the US Olympic training center in nearby Colorado Springs.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/02/sports/olympics/02incline.html

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    Jul 17, 2010 7:37 PM GMT
    I use to live in Colorado Springs, I would do the incline every Sunday morning. 1 mile up with a vert increase of 2000 ft. The 3 mile run down the barr trail switch backs is still my fav run in Colorado. I miss the incline.
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    Jul 17, 2010 7:39 PM GMT
    Yum (pic 2 above) btw.

    I did the Grouse Grind sort of on a casual whim, not expecting what was to come and I wasn't that fit at the time. 1:08.

    Like MeOhMy, I had no water, so glugged from the hose at the top. I trotted back down in about 35 mins.
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    Jul 17, 2010 7:58 PM GMT
    I did it twice a week for the past two summers, but haven't been up at all this year. I got discouraged because it opened so late this year. I definitely prefer it on a weekday evening -- no crowds and cooler temps. It's a perfect way to break up the mid-week trudge.
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    Jul 17, 2010 8:14 PM GMT
    Mil8 saidYum (pic 2 above) btw.

    I did the Grouse Grind sort of on a casual whim, not expecting what was to come and I wasn't that fit at the time. 1:08.

    Like MeOhMy, I had no water, so glugged from the hose at the top. I trotted back down in about 35 mins.

    Hey, you deserve kudos for making it to the top on your first try, with a respectable time.

    My latest Grind attempt, climbing up with my 9-year old son, took us just over an hour (victory photo at left).
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    Jul 17, 2010 8:17 PM GMT
    I've lived near Vancouver for my entire life, yet I've never done the grind. I've always wanted to try it out though. My gym is taking a group next week but its on a Thursday morning... (doesn't anybody work anymore?). I have a cousin from Germany to entertain next weekend. Maybe I'll take her along? haha.
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    Jul 17, 2010 8:36 PM GMT
    ThePenIsMyTier saidJust started hiking a few weeks ago (Atop Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale AZ in my profile pic) It's a great trail, nothing to compare it to, but I've been seven times now in two and a half weeks.

    Runs about 1.2 miles one way, 1,264 foot elevation gain. (Lot of big boulders to climb, most experienced hikers don't use the rails, but they're necessary in some parts)


    After feeling how invigorating a good hike can be, I'm addicted!!! I want to climb mountains, hike different parts of the world, and the Grouse Grind definitely looks enticing


    Dude, you should check out Piestwa Peak. Cback you can't really run up, but Piestwa is meant for incline adventures.
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    Jul 17, 2010 8:48 PM GMT


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    Aug 25, 2013 7:13 PM GMT
    Did anybody see that article in Outside Magazine declaring the Grouse Grind to be one of the world's "ten most dangerous hikes"? That assertion was met with howls of incredulity from Grind enthusiasts. Sure, people who are out of shape will have a hard time completing the Grouse Grind, but it's not as if you're risking death each time you set foot on the trail.

    On summer weekends, thousands of people will complete the Grind. Sometimes there are so many people ascending the Grind that it seems there is an escalator delivering them to the top.

    I've witnessed a pair of Indian women dressed in saris emerging from the top of the Grind trail. And both of my sons have completed the grind multiple times--my youngest son started at age seven.

    See my current profile photo, taken last week. I happened to be in Vancouver last week and did the Grind twice. Coincidentally, my second attempt occurred the same day the Outside article appeared icon_smile.gif