Grouse Grind: That Time Our Legs Stopped Working

You know those people who work out and enjoy it? Well, we aren't those people. But we recognize that in order to experience all the cool stuff this planet has to offer we have to be fit enough to climb at least moderately high mountains and stuff. We also never back down from a challenge. So when someone told us about an epic mountain climb in Vancouver, BC, that will kick your @*s and then provide you with the most amazing views + a grizzly bear refuge, well we just couldn't pass that up. 

Cue The Grouse Grind

 To the left, to the left.

To the left, to the left.

Grouse Mountain sits just north of Vancouver and is home to ski runs and ice skating in the winter and hiking and ziplining in the summer. There is this really nice gondola that can take you up to the lodge but only the weak take this route to the top. Those of us that hope to survive the zombie apocalypse/impending water wars/American Gladiator take The Grind

 Remind us of this at the 3/4 mark.

Remind us of this at the 3/4 mark.

The Grouse Grind is a grueling 2.9 kilometer hike (for all the Americans that is 1.8 miles), where you will ascend 2,800 feet, the majority of which is gained by climbing giant, evil, body-hating, wilderness stairs.

The hike is one way, up. You either make it to the top or paramedics carry you down. Don't worry though, most people make it. Just bring water, snacks, and someone to support you when you want to give up. It will happen, but we believe in you. And when you make it to the top and breathe that sweet, triumphant air you will smile and know you are the champion of the world.

 It starts off gradual enough but don't let that fool you.

It starts off gradual enough but don't let that fool you.

 Never-ending stairs.

Never-ending stairs.

Once you are at the top, grab a celebratory drink at the bar in the lodge and visit Coola and Grinder at the Grizzly Bear Refuge. If the Beaver Tail stand is up and running grab one of those too, you deserve it. 

Additional Fun fact: The Vancouver Canucks use The Grind every year as a training exercise for their new recruits. Personally we feel like this is their version of The Hunger Games and only the strong who survive will be chosen to take the ice...but they claim it's for bonding. Yea, surrreee. 

 We love the grizzlies at the top! They're friendly right?

We love the grizzlies at the top! They're friendly right?

 Just like a teddy bear.

Just like a teddy bear.

 Amazing chainsaw carvings.

Amazing chainsaw carvings.

 The view is so much sweeter when you work for it.

The view is so much sweeter when you work for it.

 The best part is the gondola will take you down.

The best part is the gondola will take you down.