Ascent of Jost Van Dyke High Point on 2018-03-22
|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 ReportAs 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.
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
| 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|
| Distance:||2 mi / 3.2 km|
| Route:||White Bay|
| Time:||20 Minutes|
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