Most Grouse Grinds in a Day Record to be Challenged

Comments 12 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Local realtor, and Twitter contact to many, Sebastian Albrecht (@salbrecht) will attempt to break the record for the most successful Grouse Grind climbs in a day on June 22nd. He shares the current record of 12 with Jason Chong however he’s taking it upon himself to break it — and all for a good cause.


Albrecht is taking pledges and donations to help support the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation (@RLPShelterFdn) in the hopes of raising $10,000.

According to the news release I received, “Each hike up the Grouse Grind is 2.9km or 9514 ft. When Albrecht hikes up the Grouse Grind 13 times, he will have hiked 37.7km or over 123,000 ft. The equivalent of walking up the Eiffel Tower 116 times, Toronto’s CN Tower 68 times or climbing the altitude of Mount Everest more then one and a half times in one day!” … and here I thought blogging for 24-hours straight for charity was a challenge.

Photo credit: cpirate on Flickr

You can visit Albrecht’s website to learn more about this campaign and donate to support his run. He’s added incentives such as an iPod Nano prize draw for one lucky supporter and if he doesn’t break the record, he’ll donate $500 out of his own pocket for each climb he didn’t make*.

*see website for details


Update: HE DID IT! Last night around 11pm Sebastian posted to Twitter: “Finished #grousegrind # 13 in 1:06. Woo hoo!”. He broke the world record and was updating his Twitter status along the way. He is still in the process of raising his goal of $10,000 for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation so please his website to donate and support this amazing feat.

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  1. Michelle EvansWednesday, June 17th, 2009 — 3:48pm PDT

    If I go up 13 times in a season I’m proud of myself. Sebastian’s a superstar for sure.

  2. johnWednesday, June 17th, 2009 — 4:01pm PDT

    Certainly not to take away from the impressive feat he’s going to accomplish, but wanted to point out that the actual elevation gain on the Grind is 2800 feet

  3. klparrotWednesday, June 17th, 2009 — 4:57pm PDT

    Don’t confuse the trail length with the elevation gain. The trail is 2.9km long, with an elevation gain of 853m. 13 grinds is the vertical equivalent of
    – 20 times the height of the CN Tower
    – 34 times the height of the Eiffel Tower
    – 1¼ times the height (above sea level) of Mount Everest

  4. Coach T.I.AWednesday, June 17th, 2009 — 5:21pm PDT

    Um .. either ways it`s a massive effort people! 20 or 68 times, what does it matter – try doing more than 1 a day and you`ll know what a challenge it is 😉 Seb rocks for doing this and it`s all for charity, let`s support him the best we can. Tia

  5. Sebastian AlbrechtWednesday, June 17th, 2009 — 5:57pm PDT

    You are absolutely correct John and Klparrot. The elevation gain would probably be a better way of comparing the length of the climb rather than total distance (we didn’t mean for the press release to be misleading). It is indeed 853m in elevation gain.

  6. johnWednesday, June 17th, 2009 — 6:14pm PDT


    Either way it’s impressive and kudos to you for taking on the challenge! Good luck and I hope it’s a nice cool day on the 23rd.

  7. klparrotWednesday, June 17th, 2009 — 6:36pm PDT

    Wasn’t thinking misleading; just a little confusing.
    I recently returned from hiking the Inca Trail, and 1200m climb in one day was plenty for me. I applaud your plans to tackle this challenge. Regardless of the numbers, it’s an impressive feat.

  8. johnWednesday, June 17th, 2009 — 7:53pm PDT

    If you haven’t already heard, you may want to reschedule your attempt … they are temporarily closing the Grind for 4hrs on the 23rd (sent you the same in Twitter)

  9. Steve JaggerThursday, June 18th, 2009 — 7:10am PDT

    Good luck Sebastian!

  10. Sebastian AlbrechtThursday, June 18th, 2009 — 10:26am PDT

    Thanks everyone! It’s not going to be easy, but I’m looking forward to the challenge…and raising lots of money for the RLP Shelter Foundation.

    I did hear about the Grind closure on Tuesday…but thanks for the heads up. I’ve had to reschedule the event for Monday, June 22nd. That could have been a nasty surprise.

  11. Michelle ClausiusFriday, June 19th, 2009 — 10:56am PDT

    Just wanted to shout out to Jason Chong who did the Grind 57 times in one week to raise money for Covenant House.

    Good luck Sebastian!

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