A new female record was set and thousands were raised during an annual event on the Grouse Grind at Grouse Mountain last week.
The event, known as the Multi Grouse Grind Challenge, saw a total of 63 participants hike the popular Grouse Grind trail in succession from dawn to dusk, all to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital.
And after 19 hours, it was Brooke Spence who set the new record by hiking the North Shore trail a whopping 17 times in a row.
Her tally ties the overall record number of ascents, which was set during last year’s event.
All told, by the end of the long day on what is locally known as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster,” the participants hiked a collective total of 507 Grouse Grinds.
This year’s top male finisher was Andrew Hanlon, who finished the event with 15 Grinds under his belt.
“We’re excited to see participation in the Multi-Grouse Grind Challenge grow year after year as people look to set a personal best in support of BC Children’s Hospital,” said Grouse Mountain spokesperson Julia Grant.
“All the athletes who participated should be incredibly proud of their accomplishment as well as the funds raised for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation,” she added.
The Grouse Grind is a 2.9 km trail up the face of Grouse Mountain and hikers are reminded that the trail is only to be used for ascents.
About 150,000 people use the trail every year; most hikers take an average of 90 minutes to complete the gruelling workout.
Although the Grouse Grind ends at Grouse Mountain Resort, the trail is maintained and operated by the Metro Vancouver Regional District.
For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from North Shore Rescue and AdventureSmart.