Today I completed my 4th Grouse Grind of the year, which was a personal record at 1:20:52 by the way! I’ve been finding that it’s not just a physical challenge, it’s also an opportunity for some interesting peoplewatching. I decided to write about some of the kinds of people I come across on the grind 🙂
- The Unprepared – Every time I go up there is always someone wearing jeans, improper footwear or without a water bottle. It’s definitely decreased as time goes by but I wonder if people just ignore the warnings or they don’t research it well enough.
- The Runner – I admire these people because they have the strength and stamina to actually run up the grind. I am a long way from running up this steep trail.
- The Haulers – A friend mentioned he saw someone with a tire tied on his back and today I saw a guy carrying a big rock on his shoulder. It makes an already challenging workout even more gruelling with the extra weight.
- The Newbies – The Grouse Grind is a must-do in Vancouver so there are always lots of people trying it out for the first time.
- The Regulars – They usually carry nothing but a bottle of water and their local’s pass. They go up, down, and gone. I guess I would fall in this category now.
- The Kids – A family that hikes together stays together… well most of the time. I’ve seen a lot of kids who motor up the mountain with ease and they don’t look like they’re breaking a sweat.
And once… I also saw a deer along the trail. Not a person but pretty cool nonetheless.