We did mountain climbing in the Alps up to a difficulty of 5+ and are experienced. At Le Morne we had been accompanied by a local Mauritian (no official guide). The fixed steel ropes had been taken away for maintenance in June. We turned around a few hundred meters after the steel gate because it wasn’t safe to continue without a rope.
We saw so called guides there "helping" inexperienced tourists with sneakers and other not appropriate shoes to climb up the mountain. Nobody was wearing any helmets let alone using ropes. The guides ignored all alpine security standards dragging tourist in areas where they shouldn't be. Le Morne can be easily and safely climbed but not without trekking shoes, gear for fixed steal ropes (if they are there) and helmets.
By the way the gate is closed to help the official guides who have a key to stay in business. This has nothing to do with permissions to do the tour alone.
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