An 18-year-old Vancouver man has broken the record for most ascents of the Grouse Grind in a single day.
Oliver Bibby completed his 16th ascent of the grind — a popular three-kilometre trail located on the steep and wooded slope of Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver — late last night.
"That was easily the most difficult challenge I've had,” Bibby said. “Mentally and physically it just took everything to finish that."
Every year, more than 100,000 people hike the Grouse Grind trail. On average, it takes up to an hour and a half to complete the hike. For novice hikers, two hours is recommended.
The previous record of 15 was tied by a 24-year-old endurance athlete just last week.
Timing was on Bibby's side — an event at Grouse last night meant the tram was running until midnight so he didn't have to descend the grind by foot.
Bibby says he's exhausted and unlikely to make another record-breaking attempt.
"I don't think I'd ever want to do that again.”
Bibby raised money for B.C. Children’s Hospital.