- Step 1: This is going to be awesome.
- Step 100: Oh dear lord, what did I get myself into?
- Step 150: OK, time for a quick break.
- Step 155: Yep. Need another break.
- Step 700: [upon seeing the 1/4 way marker] They're joking, right?
- Step 800: Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow.
- Step 1,000: [sobbing]
- Step 1,400: [upon seeing the 1/2 way marker] F#@% you [more sobbing]
- Step 1,600: I wonder how they're going to get my corpse out of here? I feel bad for the paramedics.
Welcome to Mother Nature's Stairmaster. On paper, the 2.9 km trail hardly seems daunting. However, when you get to the foot of the Grouse Grind and realize that it comes with its own "you might die" warnings, it starts to sink in that this might be more than a leisurely stroll. Between you and the summit of of the mountain lies some 2,800 uneven, rock and wooden steps that take you up 853 pain-filled metres. Be sure to time yourself or buy a Grind Timer Card that you swipe at the base and at the top to track your results. My own journey up the face of the lactic acid-producing mountain looked something like this: