The founder of Grindaholic, Gerry Rahn, fell in love with the Pacific Northwest from the moment he set foot on its lush soil after relocating from the East Coast. In a way, you could say that the Grindaholic philosophy was truly born on that first fateful year.
What is the Grindaholic philosophy? It’s simple enough.
“A Grindaholic is someone who embraces the great outdoors with abandon. They don’t attempt to manage or defeat its obstacles. Instead, they become a part of them. They work with the elements to push themselves to become better. The mentality does not stay up on the mountain, trail, river, or out on the sea, it returns with you, becoming a part of your day to day at home, in the office, or wherever you may be. You apply it to your life and your life becomes better because of it.” (Gerry Rahn, Grindaholic)
Gerry didn’t know it at the time, but his inception into Pacific Northwest living would prove to be the training ground for what was to come. This weekly regime included marathon training, competitive mountain biking, hockey, hiking, and an assortment of outdoor activities that RedBull considers extreme today.
Enter the Grouse Grind
Gerry was introduced to the Grind over two decades ago, by a friend that noted his insatiable passion for pushing the limits of his natural surroundings. From that first hike, he was hooked. He logged it at 1 hour and 5 minutes. To date, his personal best has been clocked at 35:01.
As of early 2017, the founder of Grindaholic is fast approaching the 1800 mark when it comes to completing the Grouse Grind. By the end of 2018, Gerry will have had 2000 under his belt! Or should we say boots? But it’s not about the sheer number, or what Gerry has taken from his experiences. Instead, it’s about what he’s given back. He’s not out to break records, he’s out to inspire others.
Gerry takes groups of all skill levels up the Grind. From first-timer to advanced, he helps you tap into your personal best and leaves no one behind. Gerry may be nearing the 2000 mark when it comes to his own records, but he’s responsible for the innumerable hikes of others who have (and will have) completed Canada’s most famous (and sometimes infamous) hiking expedition.
He motivates others by approaching the Grind like no other. He sees it in a different way, constantly seeking new methods of tackling the natural phenomenon. Every change in weather creates a new opportunity, requiring an adjustment in tactics and uptick in fortitude.
Comparisons have been drawn to others from the outdoor action sports world. Infamous Banzai Pipeline has the likes of Gerry Lopez, whereas the Grouse Grind has Gerry Rahn, even if he is far too humble to recognize this himself.
How Many Grouse Grinds to beCOME a Grindaholic?
How many Grinds does it take to be a Grindaholic? Five, ten, 20, 200, or 2000 and counting? None, or all, of the above. Heck, you don’t even have to be a familiar face on the Grouse Grind to be a Grindaholic (but it helps). Your connection may be to The Chief in Squamish, the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb, the waves of Tofino, one of the 500+ hikes around B.C., or some hidden gem that only you and a few others know about.
If you define yourself as someone with a relentless thirst to push all personal boundaries in the great outdoors, to the point that it keeps you up with excitement the night before a climb, ride, surf, or hike then you fit the bill. You are a Grindaholic. Wear it on your sleeve, literally.