Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Grouse Mountain Hike - BCMC

The Grouse Mountain trail I prefer is the BCMC trail. It is less crowded and a slightly longer alternative to the Grouse Grind. The scenery is similar, but the upper reaches of the trail cross through some old growth forest. As with all the trails up Grouse, it's a steep trek and a good workout.

The Grind is 2.9km,
where the BCMC is 3.3km

We rewarded ourselves with some beer
and nachos and enjoyed the view

We wandered over to the Grizzly Bears and had a visit with Grinder and Coola.
Grinder was orphaned June 2001 in Invermere BC. He was wandering alone on a loggin road, dehydrated, thin, weak, and weighing only 4.5kg.

Coola was found orphaned at the side of the highway on June 29, 2001 near Bella Coola, BC. His mother has been hit and killed by a truck. Of her three cubs, Coola was the only one to survive. One cub was hit by a falling tree and the other ran and was not seen again.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Longest Day of the Year Race - 2nd annual

The clouds cleared just as the work day was ending, giving The Travel
Group a crisp evening for their
2nd annual Longest Day of the Year Race.

The whistle blew and everyone was off.

As they all made a dash to the finish line,
Mark was the first across the finish line with a time of 30:57,
followed closely by Teresa with a time of 30:58.

We had a 3 way tie for the runners this year
all crossing with a time of 45:33
Jason, Clarissa, David & Topsail

Topsail and Dakota represented the 4 legged contestants this year,
we hope to increase this number next year.
Anne-Marie won for Sexiest Short's unanimously
with her pink hawaiian board shorts
The night was full of laughs, food and fun

All for a great causeRaising money for the Downtown East Side
Hope to see you all next year !

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Grouse Mountain Hikes

Just about every week a few groupies, old and new, meet at the bottom of Grouse Mountain to take on "Mother Nature's Stairmaster." It requires physical strength and endurance in order to make it to the top, but well worth the effort.
The Grouse Grind is a 2.9km trail that climbs 853m (2625 feet)