Let's Try Surviving the Grouse Grind

     Next week I am traveling to Vancouver, British Columbia to hike the Grouse Grind, a strenuous hike also known as Mother Nature's Stairmaster that goes up the face of Grouse Mountain. The hike is only 1.8 miles long, but the elevation gain is 2800 feet with 2830 stairs. The terrain is rugged with the steps being either man-made, tree roots sticking out of the ground, or large rocks that make for a fun scramble.

     The Grouse Grind website lists helpful tips for preparing for the hike, but for even more information, I turned to a book on trail running. I certainly won't be running the Grind, but Runner's World Complete Guide to Trail Running is filled with tips such as how to train, what to wear, and trail technique that will go well with being successful going up the mountain. The most helpful chapters listed the different exercises that will strengthen the legs, spoke on hydration and nourishment while on the trek, and talked about pacing oneself and placing the feet on uneven ground.

     The book is also helpful of course if you want to try trail running along with a second book available from the library:
 Trailhead: The Dirt on All Things Trail Running by Lisa Jhung
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