You know what they say... a family that hikes together...

You know what they say… a family that hikes together…

With winter behind us and summer almost here, we're days away from the Grouse Grind re-opening for another season of hiking and fundraising for the BC Children's Hospital Foundation.

The Grind for Kids, now in its 6th year, has raised a staggering $672,000 to date and this season, without a doubt, will surely surpass the $1,000,000 million dollar mark. (but that will depend largely on you too)

If you're on the fence, here's…

3 F'ing Reasons Why You Should Join a “Grind for Kids” team

  1. Fitness: Get outside for some fresh air, move your body, lose weight, build lean muscle, feel great and look awesome. Period.
  2. Fun: join a team like the FT Summit Seekers and make new friends with like-minded, positive people
  3. Fundraising: By supporting Grind For Kids, you’re helping to give the province’s sickest and most seriously injured children their best chance of a healthy childhood.

And if this isn't enough, here's one more reason…

Donation Matching all season long with the “CP Has Heart” initiative

CP Has HeartThis year the Grind for Kids and BCCHF are “partnering with an organization that really knows how to get to the heart of the matter”. With the “CP Has Heart” initiative, Canadian Pacific (CP) will be matching every dollar you raise to benefit BC Children's Hospital.

By leveraging the helping power of 1000's of Lower Mainland “Grinders”, along with the CP Has Heart initiative and our desire to help BC's sickest children, we're sure to surpass $1 Million mark by the end of the 2015 Season.

How does the “Grind for Kids” work?

Simple. People sign up and ask friends, family and co-workers pledge $1 or more for every Grouse Grind they do between the opening of the Grouse Grind (start of May) until the end of the season (typically October). At the end of the season participants will share how many Grinds they have completed with their supporters and ask them to fulfill their pledges.  One time donations are also accepted.

Donate here!

So what YOU waiting for?

Ready to join our team and make a difference while getting yourself healthier, happier and one step closer to sheer awesomeness?

Join our Team!

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Interesting Grouse Grind Information

The Grouse Grind® is a 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.”

This trail is challenging. Keep in mind that there is a wide range of mountaintop trails that might better suit the average hiker.

Grouse Grind Trail Facts

  • Length: 2.9 kilometres (1.8 miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 853 metres (2,800 feet)
  • Base: 274 metres above sea level (900 feet)
  • Summit: 1,127 metres (3,700 feet)
  • Total Stairs: 2,830
  • Statistics: Annually, over 100,000 people hike the trail.
  • Average Time: On average it takes up to an hour and a half to complete the hike. For novice hikers, two hours is recommended.
  • Participants: Hikers range in age from 7 to 90, with an equal male/female split.

For trail hours, check Current Conditions.

Grouse Mountain Grind Timer

A Grind Timer Card (previously, the Summit Seeker Card), containing a radio frequency chip, from Grouse Mountain is a great way to track your training. Swipe your card at the Grind Timer at the base of the Grouse Grind, and again at the top of the trail, and your name and time will appear on the monitor at Alpine Guest Services in the Peak Chalet. Your results may also be printed for you at Alpine Guest Services, or you can check them online.

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