Ascent of Jost Van Dyke High Point on 2012-03-24

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 24, 2012
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

Upon arriving and checking in to hotel, Daniel and I wanted to run up Majohnny Hill (as the mountain is really called)and get views of the harbor. The trip was a nice way to end a stressful day. Had to leave Sasha and Karen behind as the BVI did not allow our Russian foreign exchange student access to the island and they had to await 2 days of admin to get the temporary visa and it was still the weekend.

Goats keep the grasses down and the views are wonderful. This was the most enjoyable hike I did during the entire week on the USVIs and BVIs by far. The mongeese were fun to watch along the trail and so were the many goats along the way.

The actual access to the peak is marked "private road" but all the locals climb it and there was no indication that there was any problem doing the highpoint. The sign was because of the tower which was fenced and you can easily walk around. Althought the tower at the top is the one negative obtrusive view, there is a nice little 30 foot section of boulder scrambling to true peak past the tower and on the backside it is an impressive drop to the Atlantic Ocean below. Did the hike a second time two days later by myself to see it in the morning light. I wish I had been able to climb it once more before leaving.
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Summit of this wonderful Island HP (1053 feet) on Yost Van Dyke of the British Virgin Islands has nice views, but the mountain is actually named Mahohnny Hill (2012-03-24). Photo by William Musser.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1053 ft / 320 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1053 ft / 320 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 1+, 3 at top
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Sunny and before dusk with large rainhead appraoching
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1053 ft / 320 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Mountain access road from Great Bay
    Start Trailhead:SE side of Great Bay  0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1053 ft / 320 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    End Trailhead:same  0 ft / 0 m

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