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Blue Mountain Peak

 

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Jamaica, North America

Lat/Lon: 18.13476°N / 76.69899°W

Object Title: Blue Mountain Peak

Date Climbed/Hiked: Oct 3, 2009

Activities: Hiking

Season: Summer

 

Page By: project360

Created/Edited: Oct 15, 2009 / Oct 25, 2013

Object ID: 563806

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Page Score: 72.08%  - 2 Votes 

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Highest Point in Jamaica - Blue Mountain Peak

 
Blue Mountain Peak
 
I woke up at 5am and started on the trail in the dark leading to what is known by locals as “The Peak”. The trail was straight forward with permanent signs leading the way and steeply traversed its way up the initial slope. As morning came, the landscape revealed itself in a lush green blanket and sweet aroma with a mixture of coffee, bananas, and tropical flowers. In the countless hours I’ve been deep in the wilderness, I’ve never experienced such a distinctive aroma. The trail lessen and made a long traverse across the lower front of the mountain range until it reached Portland Gap at 5100 feet and still 3.5 miles to go to the summit. At this point I saw the first glimpse of the peak even though much of the summit was covered clouds. I refilled my water bottle with the piped facet and made my way on the trail heading east anticipating the trail to steepen the rest of the way.

From this point the jungle become mystical in its depths and I become engrossed it’s beauty. It seemed like minutes until I reached upper plateau at Lazy Man's Peak (also know as East Peak) at 7000 feet with a sign confirming I had only 500 meters to go. The clear morning sky offered a brilliant view of Kingston in it's entirety, Port Royal, site of an earthquake that helped form the island's Palisadoes formed be sand deposits where waves meet, and Kingston Harbour one of the largest natural harbours in the world. It is at this point I read many hikers turn around and head back down due to the difficulty but in my "jungle zone" I reached to summit soon after where I hoped for a spectacular panorama at the top. The summit of every mountain usually holds a surprised and Blue Mountain Peak was not different as a triangular structure and monument marked to spot of my adventure. The summit was still engrossed in a thick clouds preventing any chance of a view so I waiting for about 30 minutes while eating the last bread and bananas Vinnie gave for the trip and decided my chances were slim to none for a glimpse and started to head down. I’ve seen many spectacular summit views and was not disappointed in the least as the fog itself offers the mind a chance to sense the depths like a ocean and I could envision what it would be like on clear days when one can see Cuba in the distance over 130 miles away. I enjoyed the “Doors” on my iPod on the way back to the Portland Gap which enhanced the mystic of my surroundings. From there, I slowed the pace and soaked in my final lifetime experience of the Blue Mountains including eating some unripe fruit from a bananas tree...

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project360Jamaica

project360

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I agree but I don't call the shots on the highest points on countries. At 7400 ft, it is still only a hike...

Also, is there a way to load lot's of images at once? I just started posting and have over a 1000 pics of mountains but do not have the time to upload one at a time?
Posted Oct 16, 2009 8:35 pm

BLongRe: Jamaica

BLong

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Stupidly, there is no way to add several photos at once on SP -- granted, this does save hundreds of worthless photos from being dumped on here. The quickest way to add multiple photos is to make the trip report (or whatever page it is going to be), then click "add image." Once the first photo is uploaded, just click back on your internet browser and it will store all the pertinent info for the next photo.
Posted Oct 17, 2009 12:42 am

project360Re: Jamaica

project360

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Thanks for the advise...
Posted Oct 17, 2009 2:37 am

project360More Pics

project360

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Added a few more pics including one near the summit looking back at Kingston, Jamaica
Posted Oct 16, 2009 9:25 pm

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