The Urban Grind at Harbour Centre’s Lookout deck will be back by popular demand in March 2016 following a successful 2015 event that attracted 3,500 climbers.
It’s the urban version of the Grouse Grind, which is closed during the winter and early-spring periods due to poor trail conditions. For the time being, the Urban Grind in downtown Vancouver provides avid Grinders with an indoor alternative without having to head to the mountains.
Climbers can ascend Harbour Centre’s stairs every Tuesday afternoon in March. It is a 593 step climb up the 28-storey building to reach the tower’s Lookout observation deck, located 553 feet (169 metres) above street level.
And just like the Grouse Grind, climbers of the Urban Grind at Harbour Centre will be rewarded with incredible 360 degree panoramic views of the Metro Vancouver region upon completion at the top.
The Urban Grind at Harbour Centre will be open on March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There is a $5.00 cost, but the experience also includes a free beer and free $5 slip to Harbour Centre’s lower level food court.
If you’re looking to climb the equivalent of the Grouse Grind, you are permitted to ascend and descend the stairs as many times as you desire. To be more precise, it will take about five climbs to complete the Grouse Grind equivalent.
This year, local powerlifting and calisthenics strength coach Shawn Adair will be present daily to lead a pre-climb stretch exercise and provide techniques to climbers before making the ascent.
Dates: Every Tuesday in March (on March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29)
Times: Enter anytime between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Harbour Centre (access through lobby at 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver)
Perks: FREE $5 slip to Harbour Centre’s food court, one FREE beer, and a great workout that ends with incredible views.