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Grouse Grind Reopens For 2014

Grinders! Are you ready?!?!

The Grouse Grind is reopening for the 2014 summer season.

The 2.9 kilometre hike has been receiving its annual upgrade over the last few weeks, as choppers fly in the needed materials to make repairs to the trail.

The vertical hike, one of the most popular in the Greater Vancouver area, is a competitive training ground for many locals and visiting amateurs.

The average time is between 90 and 120 minutes, but for most veterans, any time worth consideration is well under an hour.

For those of you up for the hike, we hope you’ve been hitting your gym’s stairmaster in preparation. But more importantly, we hope you have been getting the rest you need. Sleep is one of the most important parts of any training regime. Eight to nine hours a night is optimal. Any more or any less and you could be turning back at the 3/4 mark of the trail. We call that ‘the descent of shame.’ Kidding.

If you aren’t getting enough sleep these days, it could be your mattress. Simmons Mattress Gallery has a full showroom of beds that will provide you with an undisturbed, restful sleep – perfect for the North Shore’s ’steps of death.’

Vancouver Activities

Relatives visiting from out of town this May long weekend? Treat them to a view they will never forget.

On May 16th, the Sea To Sky Gondola will open above Squamish BC. The $25 million dollar project that has been five years in the making is finally operational. Riders will be presented with a panoramic view from 885 metres above sea level – that is 200 metres above the Chief.

Once on top, there are 30 kilometres of trails available, the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, a gift shop, a restaurant and 6,000 square-foot deck for viewing.

For those looking for a workout, akin to the Grouse Grind, there is also a Sea to Summit Trail that takes you from the base of the gondola to the peak station. Trail guides suggest the route takes between three and four hours to complete; A substantial increase from the standard one-hour grind time.

Hikers who make the ascent are offered a reduce rate of $10 for a trip down on the gondola.

Riders who travel both ways will be charged between $34.955 and $22.95, depending on their age. Six-month passes are also available for a price of $99.

Looking for something closer to the city? Take a bicycle tour of beautiful Vancouver with our friends at Vancouver Bike Tours. The newly formed touring company offers two daily bicycle tours that feature the incomparable Stanley Park, the False Creek Seawall, downtown Vancouver and Granville Island. All of their tours include a bike rental, a helmet and a lock.

The tours are great for locals looking to expand their knowledge of Vancouver’s short, but rich history. They are also a completely ‘green’ way to take in the sights.

You can book your tour online at www.biketourvancouver.com. Mention this post for 10% off the tour price.

14 Grinds in One Day!

Completing the Grouse Grind is a Vancouver merit badge that is mandatory for every active citizen living in our beautiful city.

It is 3 kms of hard, stair climbing cardio that rewards every finisher with a spectacular view of the city.

For some, the Grind is an annual tradition, for others, a weekly activity and still others do the Grind almost daily (during the months it’s open).

The last two groups are more likely to be registered for the timer program, an electronic database that keeps track of your performance and posts it on screens in the gondola chalet at the top of Grouse. These are the keeners who look to improve their performance on every outing.

Then there are the fanatics.

Sebastian Albrecht belongs to this group.

On Monday, Albrecht accomplished a feat that no other grinder has ever managed to do; he climbed the Grind 14 times in one day!

He began at 6:30 in the morning and finished his last trek up at 11:12 at night.

Albrecht and another climber, Vicki Mann, shared the previous record, of 13 assents in one day.

Albrecht was raising money and awareness for the charity, The Royal Le Page Shelter Foundation.

After the climb, Albrecht admitted to being “pretty exhausted. I mean, it just takes every ounce of mental and physical strength that you have, so I’m in need of recovery.”

Simmons Mattress Gallery hopes, for Albrecht’s sake, that the grinder was able to come home and pass out on a mattress worthy of his accomplishment. The only mattress that we could think of that even comes close is the Simmons Beautyrest Black; a rectangular layer cake of comfort and luxury.

“Indulge Sebastian. You deserve it.”

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