Ascent of Crown Mountain on 2012-03-28

Climber: William Musser

Date:Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Crown Mountain
    Location:U.S. Virgin Islands
    Elevation:100 ft / 30 m

Ascent Trip Report

I experienced the only hospital in the BVI and a tsunami evacuation instead of getting my last peakbagging in for the trip!

After 3 straight days of scuba diving and hiking mountains and enjoying the island hopping and preparing to leave Jost VD for St. Thomas, Karen and I took a walk to discuss what to do back in the USVI and I wanted to get the HP there too. But on our walk I found my chest making some strange heart beats and experienced 4 hours of a very rapid heartbeat. We went to the clinic on Jost and the Nurse Practitioner found my normal pulse of 54 was up to nearly 130. While hooked up the EKG and them drawing blood out of my arm the tidal wave warning sirens sounded and he yanked the needle out of my bruised arm and told my kids to leave their luggage and hop into his jeep where we all sped for high ground. I was not worried about a tidal wave getting us as I knew I could climb to higher ground fast and was certainly ready to prove it - with or without my heart beating fast and stopping and stuff like that. Found out at the top that it was a practice warning (the first they had ever done on JVD).

Soon, thereafter, the hospital told the Nurse Practitioner that I was to be ferried immediately to Tortola to an awaiting ambulance and the only hospital on BVI. The ambulance EMT and driver appeared disappointed to see no patient on a stretcher to pick up as I walked up to their door with my hiking backpack loaded and knocked on their cab window and said "Hey I'm your guy may I have a ride?" First time in an ambulance - a lot of fuss for nothing. Once in the hospital and doing tests on me, Karen realized that Sasha's visa was about to expire and had to bolt to St Thomas before it expired and miss the last ferry. Great she gets the HP without me???

Once again our family was divided for the second time on this spring break family trip and my chance to get the HP of St Thomas ended as the last ferry left with my family. I sat in bed wondering what the heck? The following morning discharged from the hospital with a diagnose of "I dunno what it was mon, perhaps you had to much rum?" I boarder the 6 AM ferry and ran through the town to taxi; ran through the airport (eyeing the last peak that I wanted in the distance) and rushed into customs. "Slow down mon, we need to check your things" "That's my family on that plane and gonna miss the flight" "OK you good to go to catch your plane mon but why the needle marks in your arm?" "I was in the hospital last night for some heart thing" "No mon, then no! U OK Mon? No mon no running and dying on my floor mon we get you there!"

Everyone had boarded the plane and the doors to the gate were closing and I was slipped out the door, and there was one surprised family smiling when all of a sudden I came rushing down the isle.

I will go back with them and get my last HP someday.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Start Trailhead:0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics

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