That blog title seems a little exaggerated but what can I say I am excited! At the end of this month I’ll be joining up with friends to go on an “expedition” well, maybe not an expedition, but I have an active imagination. We’ll be hiking to the highest peak on the Blue Mountain range in eastern Jamaica. I have tried to do it before but failed miserably but this time I will make it to the top, I just hope it will be a clear day and my body co-operates. I’ll definitely be taking a lot of photos but depending on how things work out I will try to do a video as well, so look out for that.
About the Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains form the longest mountain range in Jamaica. They include the island’s highest point, Blue Mountain Peak, at 2256 m (7402 ft). From the summit, accessible via a walking track, both the North and South coasts of the island can be seen. On a clear day, the outline of the island Cuba, 210 km (130 mi) away, can be seen. As one of the longest continuous mountain ranges in the Caribbean, the Blue Mountains dominate the eastern third of Jamaica, while bordering the eastern parishes of Portland and St. Thomas and St. Andrew to the south.The Blue Mountains rise to these elevations from the coastal plain in the space of about sixteen kilometers, thus producing one of the steepest general gradients in the world. The Blue Mountains form a cooling relief from the sweltering heat of Kingston below. These summits rise and fall along for 24 miles long and 14 miles at its widest point, where the temperature decreases from around 27°C (80°F) at sea level to 5°C (40°F) at Blue Mountain Peak, just 16 km (10 miles) inland.
There are many different mount ranges named “Blue Mountains” all over the world like in Canada, Australia and Niger, but my biased brain believes that Jamaica’s is the coolest. Maybe one day I can hike to the top of Mount Fuji in Japan?
In Jamaica and want to join us?
If you are in Jamaica and would like to join us check out our Flickr Group here and the discussion on costs, dates and activities here. You dont have to be a photographer to join us, just understand that this hike will be haaaard to complete and in order to see the sunrise we’ll be overnighting without electricity at Whitfield Hall and then setting out in the wee hours of the morning. Contact me if you have any questions!
Kirk is a proud Jamaican who started Jamaipanese.com in February 2006 and now lives in rural Japan. He enjoys sharing his experiences learning about Japan, personal milestones in life as well as interests such as photography, gaming and travelling.