Ascent to La Soufrière-summit on 2016-12-22
|Date:||Thursday, December 22, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Unsuccessful - Turned Back|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Point Reached:||La Soufrière - summit|
| Elevation:||4810 ft / 1466 m|
| Remaining Elevation:||3 ft / 1 m (0% left to go)|
Ascent Trip ReportOn 22 Dec 2016 I reached the summit of La Soufrière volcano, Guadeloupe, in heavy rain and high wind. I reached the highest point (confirmed by GPS), touched the sign and highest rock, took a selfie, etc. Why, then, am I listing this as an unsuccessful ascent? Because if I listed it as successful, Peakbagger would credit me with climbing a country high point, but GUADELOUPE IS PART OF FRANCE. Guadeloupe is an overseas department of France--it sends deputies to the French National Assembly and senators to the French Senate. Guadeloupe-born athletes compete for France in the Olympic games, including track and field stars Marie-José Pérec, Christine Arron, and Patricia Girard. It is part of the European Union, its currency is the Euro. And all the restaurants close at 2pm and don't reopen for dinner until 6pm if not later. Just like in France.
Guadeloupe is just as much part of France as Hawaii is part of the United States. So if Mauna Kea doesn't count as a national HP, then neither does La Soufrière.
I have created a correct page for this summit, placing it in the correct country. It can be found here:
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||4810 ft / 1466 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Raining, Cool, Extremely Windy, White-out|
| Gain on way in:||4810 ft / 1466 m|
| Start Trailhead:||0 ft / 0 m|
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