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Ascent of Green Cay on 2013-10-27

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 27, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Peak:Green Cay
    Location:British Virgin Islands
    Elevation:110 ft / 33 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a treat since the couples I was with did not want to go to JVD and hike up the Yost Van Dyke HP with me. I really wanted to come back to the island where all my heart issues started and redo the fun journey I had up JVD HP, but I guess that will have to wait for a return trip again on another adventure.

Instead, our boat captain stopped us on Sand Spit just Northeast of JVD to have drinks and see where the Corona Beer Commercial was filmed. Since I can no longer consume any alcohol, I grabbed my fins and mask and snorkled and swam over to Green Cay. The beach is protected with a shallow reef of sea urchins but I had fin booties under my fins and that allowed me to walk carefully up to the beach and stow my gear. Do not attempt this approach with bare feet!

I picked my way up through the red mangroves and found some rocks that were not too steep and climbed up and out of the shrubby layer onto an area of open sharp coral and then sharp rock. Be careful of the cactus too! Soon, I found a goat trail and followed it to the ridge where suddenly at about 65 feet above the ocean you see over the east coast down some impressive rock formations carved away by the ocean side of the island. The goats know how to provide a view!

Then I heard the goats bleating out their warning to me and they ran up the hill. I enjoyed looking down at the waves crashing into the impressive mountain rock being eaten away below. Some open cross country through goat country on this 14 acre scrub and cactus topped rock and on the backside I found the summit with some boulders. I found three Bench Marks (or nails driven into the summits rocks) but no elevation to verify. Someone has the info but where? My intenet search was frustrating. The British Governmeent does not provide the topo info nearly as freely as the US Virgin Island side!

An uninhabitated spectacluar view of Little Yost and Yost Van Dyke are seen looking from the summit back to the west. This little journey was quite a pleasant surprise. Do not belive the topo showing that this island does not even exceed 20 meters. I estimate it was over 100 feet and I set it at 110 until someone can find the actual BM info from the governement. Good luck with that.

A carefully footed walk in my swim trunks and rubber booties back thorugh the succulants and cacti following the goat trails and a refereshing swim back to the boat and the couples were anxious to go to the next island hop!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:110 ft / 33 m
    Total Elevation Loss:110 ft / 33 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 2 tiny bit of
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
paradsie day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:110 ft / 33 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:South east shore beach to ridge to goat trails
    Start Trailhead:Beach of Sandy Spit  0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:110 ft / 33 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:same
    End Trailhead:same  0 ft / 0 m



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