Thanksgiving dinner has a habit of lingering. Days later I think I’m still suffering a bit of a food coma. Nothing like some fresh air and exercise to help me out of my stupor. And since we in Vancouver are enjoying such stellar fall weather, it makes sense to consider at least one last trip up the Grouse Grind.
For those who have, all I can say is Wow! Once you survive the trek up, you’re welcomed to the top by a spectacular view. For those who have not, but have thought a lot about it, all I can say is, ‘You gotta go!’
Here are some tips I think are useful for everyone enjoying the climb.
- Wear comfortable work out clothing – that’s right, no jeans or sundresses
- Wear appropriate footwear – flip flops won’t cut it
- Stay hydrated – take your stainless steel water bottle
- Wear your ipod with inspiring, upbeat tunes
- Stop when necessary, but not for too long – muscles can tighten up
- Be polite, stand aside and let faster climbers pass
- Please, if you must spit, do so off the trail – enough said.
- Understand what you’re committing to – it’s hard, challenging, gruelling; really, you’re climbing up a mountain
- Don’t take your mom and dad who are in town for the weekend and want to do some sight seeing, unless they are super fit to begin with and love a challenging work out
- If you’re taking your friend who has never been, be patient – this is no time to strive for a PB
- Please don’t download, it’s hard on your knees and the other climbers
Once at the top, there is great food, great drink and some pretty spectacular scenery, so plan on sticking around if you can. For more information, hours the trail is open, and inspiring stories, visit the Grouse Grind Facebook Page.