1. For Dhamaka; you were asking about extreme sports in Vancouver. This is just the standard paragliding area at the Grouse summit. A bit further into the mountain range you have the snowboard runs that end in sheer cliff faces for the snowboard-paragliders. All you need then is a machine gun and guys in boiler suits chasing you on snowmobiles and you
actually become James Bond...
2&3. More Grouse shots. Didn't want to inundate my blog with
identical photos, but I couldn't decide which ones I liked best :o)
Waited 2 hours on the summit to get the sunset. It was a bit too hazy,
and my cameraphone didn't pick out the details well enough, but it was
still worth it. You can see downtown pretty clearly in the first shot.
It's the figure-of-eight shaped bit surrounded by water. Half of the 8
is dominated by Stanley park, the other half is the business/shopping
This is the climb to the summit of Grouse Mountain. It's been described
as "Mother Nature's Stairmaster", which seeing as the trail is almost
entirely man-made, is probably not a great description. The trail
itself is only 2.9 km long, although it's essentially a long flight of
stairs and there's a gain of 1 km in elevation, making it bloody tiring.
It took me just under an hour, which isn't too bad.
Wandering around Queen Elizabeth park