The information that I found about the hike said to be in good shape and dressed in appropriate attire. Both of these suggestions were ignored. I did the hike in exceptionally sub-par physical condition, and in probably the least appropriate attire possible. As I was too lazy (and stupid) to pack my hiking clothing with me, I had to tough it out in jeans and a cotton t-shirt. We did the hike on a pretty hot day, so it didn't take long for me to regret this. Oh well, you live and learn (I probably won't learn from this though).
My pinnacle of pride for this trip is that me and my friend managed to successfully navigate Vancouver's public transit system and get from our hotel in downtown Vancouver to Grouse Mountain without any issues. I'm a country boy, so buses are a bit beyond the technology I'm used to.
|A statue that me and my friend felt depicted us|
|The start of the Grind|
|Even more stairs|
After grabbing a burger and plenty of water, we got in line for the skyride back down to the parking lot. Downhill travel is prohibited on the Grouse Grind, but I probably would have done the skyride regardless. My energy was pretty much shot.
The views coming down the skyride were nice, though it was pretty crowded which sort of offset how nice it was.
|A view on the skyride|
Overall I had an excellent experience on the Grouse Grind. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a true physical challenge. For anyone not interested in a hike this difficult, I would still recommend taking the skyride to the top of Grouse Mountain. The view is quite spectacular.
You can read more about the Grouse Grind here.
|The Skyride up Grouse Mountain|