Petit Piton Challenge
On Tuesday 8th January 2008, Monica Kesson and Jane Wake undertook the Petit Piton Challenge as part of a fund raising campaign. This Piton is less often climbed and more difficult than the more commonly climbed Gros Piton and we were pleased when we completed the round trip in 3hrs 50 mins. Together with guides, we set off at about 08.00 and the 2,400 foot (approx) climb involves relatively vertical scrambling almost from the word go. The uneven, loose terrain through the tropical rain forest in the soaring heat was quite a challenge. The boulders got bigger as we ascended, but roots and branches provide good hand and foot holds. Once past the half way mark, ropes are in place to help the intrepid challenger! Initially these ropes were quite difficult but not insurmountable, however they do become more challenging as you climb higher. The feeling of elation at having achieved the summit and the stunning view of Soufriere and the Gros Piton made it a worthwhile experience. One which will remain very memorable for some time to come. (Doing this trip without a guide is not recommended, a good degree of physical fitness is required and safety gear would be useful).