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“Gros Piton Climb”
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A spectacular landmark of St. Lucia visible for miles, Petit Piton and Gros Piton are twin volcanic spires majestically soaring out of the sea with waves crashing around their bases.
Reviewed November 22, 2008

To hike to the top of Gros Piton you are required to have a guide. The guides are organised by the interpretive centre in the town Fond Gens Libre at the start of the trail. You can either make your own way there or book a day trip through the community based Gros Piton Tours. The trip cost US$120 per person and included transport from our hotel in Rodney Bay, guide for the hike(on their own the guides are US$30) and lunch at the Fond Doux Estate after (http://www.fonddouxestate.com/).

The hike was a great rewarding work out taking around 4 hours round trip. There are some steep sections and the hike back down can be slippery especially if there is a tropical down pour. The views along the trail where beautiful, however a little hazy at the top. You need to be of average fitness to complete the hike, but the guides are happy to take it slowly if you are struggling. Make sure you take lots of water to replace all the fluids you will lose - our guide didn't break a sweat, but we were all dripping. You legs will of course feel it the next day, but nothing a swim in the sea wont fix.

All in all well worth the effort, I'm glad we ignored the hotel rep who tried to discourage us from taking the trip saying that it was too difficult.

4  Thank ExplorerSM
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Reviewed July 9, 2008

We paid US$50 for a taxi to Gros Piton and another US $50 for a "Guide." As we hit the trail, it started to rain. THe guide said nothing about the rain. She was nice, but didn't do or say much to acknowledge we were there. No commentary or anything, and she was 20 feet ahead of us the whole time. We started to worry about the climb down because it was a constant downpour and we were climbing rocks and roots. 30 minutes from the top, our guide said we wouldn't be able to see anything from the top, so we turned around. She should have told us before we left that climbing in the rain would not be fun or rewarding, but she didn't. If it looks like it might rain or if it is raining, go to the Botanical Gardens instead.

8  Thank PitonBeerLover
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Reviewed May 28, 2008

Last month i visited St. Lucia and my friend in the peace corps. He gave me the heads up that we were going to climb the petit piton, so i researched the few reviews on this website and quickly got frightened. The mountain looks almost unclimable to a novice like myself with zero experience; however it is NOT as bad as it looks or as a few of the reviews have made it appear to be. A few thigns to know if you are considering climbing:

The trail is very narrow at times. It's easy to get off the path on the rocks where it appears the trail might lead in two different directions. Be cautious of this and turn around to retrace your steps if it appears the trail ends.

Bring more than a small bottle of water. You will need every bit of it i can assure you.

The climb may seem difficult towards the beginning when the legs really start to burn, but the reward at the top is more then worth every moment of continuing forward.

Places on the mountain are steep at times, but never did i feel threatened with my life. Sure you can fall far if you slip, but the trail felt very safe. Falling would take a few clumsy steps or complete body failure.

Once you have finished head straight for the mineral springs and cool off. I think the cost is 7.50 EC to enter. You will want to wash off the sweat immediatly and brag about your recent journey to the other tourists at the springs.

4  Thank hogwild12
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Reviewed January 22, 2008

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).

7  Thank Kesson
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Reviewed November 5, 2007

We lived in St Lucia for 27 months as Peace Corps volunteers. The pitons were visible from many places around the island. Any scene with the Pitons in view is expecially appealing and when you are near them they are inspiring to look at. Snorkling at the base of the pitons is especially good and the nearby resorts are all exceptional. The view of the pitons from the sea is awsome and you have nto been in the Caribbean unless you have been to see the pitons.
The picture show us with some of our St Lucian community partners. Petit Piton is in the background.

4  Thank ThankfulTravelers
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