Grouse Ascent 2015 No. 12

28 08 2015

Route: BCMC

Time: 01:32:58

A full five minutes faster than last time which was a surprise! Second born did her best time ever and completed the BCMC in less than an hour which quite pleased her. It was a little hot, but the forecast rains seemed to have kept people away and it was much quieter than recent weeks. That’s always good. I’m certainly not possessive of these public areas by any means, but personally I like to retreat to my own little world and mull over things when I’m hiking. Having people jockeying to get past on the narrow trail is quite distracting. So that makes 43 recorded ascents towards the 51 I need to claim Everest. I wonder if I’ll perhaps manage it this season.

The gate is staying open until 7pm still, but the nights are definitely drawing in, so it might soon be a challenge to get my ascents formally timed.

 

Worst thing? The strap on my FitBit broke a couple of days ago and though it seems to record my steps perfectly well from within my trouser pocket it does NOT record them if those trousers are stationary in the car while I’m trudging up Grouse… :S





What do the Grind Mountain Categories like Everest mean? | TodoVancouver

7 08 2014

Just finished my 27th ascent of Grouse Mountain (plus a handful of snow-shoe grinds too).

Because I pay the extra $20 to have a “grind timer” it records my speed and the metres of ascent. I actually do the BCMC trail rather than the Grind these days. The Grind is just too busy and I find the Lululemon too, er, distracting.

Once you get to the top there’s a TV screen listing that day’s results. Last week, I noticed a lady had done it 4 times that day… the slowest in 38 minutes!

A few weeks ago I noticed my name was no longer accompanied by “Mt. Elbrus” but now had “Mt. Kilimanjaro”. According to this blog entry, I have a mere 24 more to do before I get “Everest”.

What do the Grind Mountain Categories like Everest mean? | TodoVancouver.

Here’s the whole list:

  1. Mt. Kosciusko, Australia – 7300 feet, 2228 metres – 3 grinds
  2. Vinson Massif, Antactica – 16050 feet, 4892 metres – 6 grinds but need 9 total ( 3 from No.1 above plus the 6 for Vinson)
  3. Mt. Elbrus, Europe – 18510 feet, 5642 metres – 7 grinds, 16 total
  4. Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa – 19341 feet, 5895 metres – 7 grinds, 23 total
  5. Mt. McKinley, North America – 20320 feet, 6194 metres – 8 grinds, 31 total
  6. Mt. Aconcogua, South America – 22841 feet, 6961 metres – 9 grinds, 40 total
  7. Mt. Everest, Asia – 29029 feet, 8848 metres – 11 grinds, 51 total




Nope – it’s not a giant Aero

30 12 2011

Someone™ once told me that when asked why he made several attempts to conquer Everest in the early 1920’s, George Mallory retorted “Because it’s there!” Of course, he then died trying, but that’s a different story. They did find him in the end. 1999 I believe. They’re still debating whether he beat Sir Edmund Hillary by 30 years. i.e. were his boots pointing up or down?

Anyway, “because it’s there” is a damned fine answer. Applies to many things, I reckon. Art in particular. I like to pay my readers the complement of a return visit, and more than often I find way more interesting things on their blogs than mine. I encourage you to make the journeys I did and check them out more thoroughly for yourself. This photo caught my eye for instance, on the ArtStormer blog. It looked like nothing so much as a sculpture carved out of a giant Aero.

 

Kang Duck Bong art

“Resolution” PVC Pipe Sculptures by Kang Duck Bong « ArtStormer.

Follow the link above for the full article including some other super cool sculptures made from PVC piping.

For those now craving chocolate, check out the chocoblog for a quick fix:

Chocoblog: Aero 70%

Chocoblog: Aero 70%

 

And now you’re all sugared up and full of anti-oxidants, consider… what really IS stopping you from following your dream?