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Grouse Grind

weather: sunny
outside: 20°C
mood: okay
music: Bangles - Eternal Flame

There was talk of Husband Guy and I going to do the Grouse Grind tonight after work. I'm still not sure if we're going.

From the Grouse Mountain website:

    The Grouse Grind is a 2.9 km trail leading hikers up the face of Grouse Mountain. Sometimes called "Mother Nature's Stairmaster", the trail begins at the base of Grouse Mountain and finishes at the Plateau, 1,127 metres (3,700 feet) above sea level. Although the distance travelled is not far, the terrain is rugged and the ascent has an elevation gain of 853 metres (2,800 feet) and can be as sharp as 45 degrees!

I'm not afraid of the 2-Hours-On-A-Stairmaster thing. I'm afraid of the mosquitos. I hate mosquito bites and bug bites. I'm allergic to the venom and they can smell it. My mosquito bite welts get up to 3"-4" in diametre, they hurt, itch and burn.

So, if we go, I have to head out to London Drugs for bug spray (I would link it, but their website is lame). I'd also have to go home and change.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 12th, 2002 12:56 pm (UTC)
you are welcome to join us. we're going tonight and maybe tomorrow morning.
Jul. 12th, 2002 12:59 pm (UTC)
Ooo, maybe the 'skeetos won't be as active in the morning... I might be slower than everyone else, but I still want to try it.
Jul. 12th, 2002 02:18 pm (UTC)
come in the evening it's cooler and you can use bug repellent.
Jul. 12th, 2002 11:45 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, I'm part of the SLOW group too. And so is momo, I hear... :P
Jul. 12th, 2002 09:51 pm (UTC)
Well, I hope the mosquitos don't give you too much trouble! I'm going on a hike tomorrow, and I"m totally psyched!
Jul. 12th, 2002 11:44 pm (UTC)
OMG I was just looking at that Grouse Mountain page last night. Anyhow, I've done the Grouse Grind twice in the morning and there aren't any mosquitos. I've never done the hike in the evening so I can't comment about the bugs. Whoever wants to go, feel free to join us (dunno if momo is going yet) 10am Saturday morning at the start of the trail. I'll be the tall guy with the dual-water fanny pack. :)
Jul. 13th, 2002 11:52 am (UTC)
It's raining, did you guys go?

Another question: do you actually need hiking boots? Can I go with just runners? I really can't be spending money for hiking boots...
Jul. 13th, 2002 09:56 pm (UTC)
Well, the person who suggested that we go today (also her first time) kinda called it off. She wanted her first hike up Grouse to be a good experience. I ended up running errands instead. I should've gone with Cathy anyway. But a bunch of mishaps happened today so maybe those were signs that we shouldn't go!

Nope, you don't need hiking boots. I wear an old pair of runners.
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