Ascent of Jost Van Dyke High Point on 2018-03-22

Climber: Marcus Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, March 22, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Peak:Jost Van Dyke High Point
    Location:British Virgin Islands
    Elevation:1053 ft / 320 m

Ascent Trip Report

As a part of Bad Kitty charter boat tours I managed to hit the highpoint of Jost Van Dyke in our 2 hour stop in White Bay.

I was about 3 "painkillers" deep at the Soggy Dollar Bar and I decided it was time to head out on a run. I had brought my running shoes so I had to make use of them. Being in the state that I was I came up with a fast plan and mapped out a route to get to the highpoint using my Gaia GPS app - super detailed maps with gps positioning. An essential app for the iPhone-dependent peakbagger like myself.

I crossed over from White Bay over to Belle Vue on the roads - this is up and down two pretty long steep hills! Most people can't run this. Next I made a sharp left turn up a driveway-looking jeep road. I followed this all the way to the top. It's a long climb, super exposed, very steep. I was running in my mesh-lined swim trunks and had no sunscreen on my back so I was roasting. Views were worth it. There is a rocky outcrop with a British survey marker on it just next to the radio tower. ncredible complete 360 panorama of all the surrounding islands. Best view I got all trip. Note to self - do not do this mid-day... it's so hot out there. And also carry some water. That would have helped.

Really cool island peak. I jogged it back down to the soggy dollar. As I was back down on the only flat road jogging into the beach I all of a sudden caught my foot on a random branch that was sticking out and I wiped out hard on the road. Ow. Of course this happens on the easy flat parts and not the rocky steep stuff! I was ok, just humbled and brought back to reality. I hopped in the ocean and grabbed another painkiller and let the island vibes carry me on.
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Sweaty panorama from the top of Jost Van Dyke (2018-03-22). Photo by Marcus Lostracco.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1053 ft / 320 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Hot and humid with a slight island breeze
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1053 ft / 320 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Belle Vue
    Start Trailhead:White Bay  0 ft / 0 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:White Bay
    Time:20 Minutes

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