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Awesome must see when in St.lucia
One of the most awesome things to see in St. Lucia incredible ,best to see on a tour of the island don't miss seeing this stunning sight.
Just do it!
After a morning of rain, my family and I decided to tackle the Gros Piton hike. We wound up being the only ones on the mountain during this time. The hike was strenuous, but completely doable. Our guide was Erol (21yo) who actually guides it twice on some days! They allow plenty of water breaks and we were still able to complete the entire hike in under three hours. Couple bits of advice- go early in the day so it will be cooler and defeat the ice cream at the end!
The view is breathtaking. There is no picture that can truly capture the beautiful view. If you stay at Ladera, you'll be able to wake up and enjoy this view all day. A must see in St. Lucia!!!
Went scuba diving off the coast of the Pitons. Not sure which scenery was better - underwater or the Pitons!
Though not an easy hike by any means, climbing Gros Piton is a must when visiting St. Lucia. I've climbed twice. Once with numerous children from a local boys school (kindergarten- through 5th grade, and all were able to make it to the top), and once with a friend (and a guide). Both times were challenging, but highly rewarding. The view from the halfway point alone makes it worth your effort.
What a great feeling to climb something so memorable like the gros piton. The hike itself is difficult...it took my girlfriend and I just under 2 hours to get to the top with stops at each quarter, and carrying a backpack with approx 5 L of water. If you are not physically fit you can still do this hike, you'll just really feel it after.
Exhausting and awesome.
This is one strenuous hike. It took us about 2 hours (going up -- the same going down), but I'm told it can be done in something like 45 minutes by expert climbers. I climbed in sneakers; some people say hiking boots would be better. Either way seems fine to me.
There's a great view once you get to the top. It was an exhilarating experience. Some tips:
- Bring water. I bought a 1.5 liter bottle of water from the park service people and finished that on the way up. I needed my hands free on the way down. (I didn't need a walking stick.)
- Get there early in the morning before it gets too hot.
- Bring your point-n-shoot camera, but don't even think of carrying your DSLR and tripod!!!
Highly recommended overall.
Climb worth the effort.
I've hiked all over the world including the Rockies and Himalayas and this is not a moderate hike. It is equivalent to 2 hours of stairs (rocks and roots) up and 2 hours back down but the breath taking view is definitely worth the effort.
You could see the entire island form the top of the Gros Piton.
Our Guide Trannie was excellent. He let us climb at our own pace. Trannie leads climbs on the weekends and plays 2 hours of soccer every day after climbing the piton.
That's nature giving us a treat!
The two Pitons are breathtaking whether up on top or on land and looking up. They're a must see if you go to St. Lucia!
And so is the beer - a must taste - named after them!