A Vancouver man has broken the record for doing the Grouse Grind 16 times in the span of of a day, beating the previous record of 15.
Record breaker Ian Robertson competed against 35 other athletes in the Multi-Grouse Grind challenge, a competition to see who can do the Grind the most in a span of 19 hours. The competition benefits the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Grind for Kids program, and participants managed to raise over $21,000 this year.
The total number of stairs on the Grind is 2,830, meaning Robertson climbed 45,280 stairs in his record-breaking trek.
The challenge takes place every year around summer solstice to allow competitors to have as much light as possible while completing the challenge.
If you’re questioning how anyone could survive 16 Grinds in a row, keep in mind it’s all for a good cause.
“That, I think, gives some people some inspiration to help keep them going,” Grouse Mountain spokesperson Julia Grant tells Daily Hive.
The women’s record was also broken by Andrea Johb, who completed 15 Grinds in the same period of time, beating out 2014’s record of 13 set by Sarah Tomlinson.
The Grouse Grind is nearly three kilometres long with an elevation gain of 853 metres. It’s considered one of the most challenging hikes in Vancouver.