My Grouse Grind Ascent Record Attempt - 2009

Grouse Grind

UPDATE I NEARLY reached my goal of raising $10,000 in 2009. In the end, we fell just short...but that leaves us with a new goal for 2010! Thank you SO much to everyone that donated, lent their support or provided me with an encouraging word. I couldn't have done it without all of you behind me!

WHAT did I do on June 22nd, 2009? I broke the record for the most summit ascents of the Grouse Grind in one day. What was the record? It was 12. In one day. That record was shared by myself and my friend Jason Chong. I broke that record by doing 13 in one day in the summer of 2009.

WHY did I do it (aside from being a little bit crazy)? I was attempting to raise money and awareness for the Shelter Foundation. This charity is devoted to protecting women and children from domestic abuse. I feel passionately that every one of us should have a safe home that is free of fear, and for that reason I chose to support the Shelter Foundation.

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HELP me raise money for an important cause (100% of money raised goes directly to those in need). So far I have raised just over $7500 and my goal is to reach $10,000. I hope that you can help me in my efforts by donating to the Shelter Foundation.

CURIOUS about what IS the Grouse Grind? The 2.9km trail was initially established by local mountaineers as a convenient, intense off-season workout. While it often feels as though the trail goes straight up, it's average grade is 30 degrees...giving it the nickname of "mother nature's stairclimber"...and takes an average hiker 1.5 hrs to climb.

What is it like climbing the Grouse Grind 13 times in one day? Starting bright and early at 6:30am I pushed through to 11pm (non-stop) in order to break the record. That vertical distance is like climbing the equivalent of 1.5 Mount Everests in one day. By my calculations I burned just over 14,000 calories in that effort.

This time, I climbed the Grind with more than just the purpose of reaching or breaking the record. This summer I climbed the Grind to raise money for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.

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Grouse Grind Incentives

Ipod Prize for Donations

Every one who donates will be entered to win a brand new 8 GB Ipod Nano.

Added incentive. For every Grind ascent less than 12 that I achieve (barring accidental death or dismemberment), I shall donate $500 of my own money to the cause.

If you'd like to know more, or are interested in getting involved, please contact me here.

Please Donate

HELP me raise money for an important cause (100% of money raised goes directly to those in need). So far I have raised just over $7500 and my goal is to reach $10,000. I hope that you can help me in my efforts by donating to the Shelter Foundation.

Royal LePage Shelter Foundation

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