Rock Climbing on Point Gourde
Rock climbing is an amazing way to have a blast while experiencing nature in a special way, getting fit and bonding with family and friends! Or make new friends!
We meet for 10:00am outside Anchorage next to the WASA station, which is in Chaguaramas after you pass KFC and the Military Museum (with the big plane outside), then you pass the sea and the road to Anchorage is on the left. Here we share out gear, ropes, etc and everyone follows Sheldon on a 35 minute walk on dirt road whil Courtenay rides to set ropes for the first climb.
The end of the trail will bring us to a forested area and the wall where we will spend most the day. It is a cliff system made of igneous rock covered by limestone with a man made cave next to it. Courtenay will then set the ropes and safety equipment while you put on harnesses etc. We will then teach you how to safely rock climb and rappel on a 15 foot wall called Corbeaux Town (for the non locals a Corbeaux is a Black Vulture :-). The climbing method, "top roping" is used to climb rocks, ending at a tree at the top of Corbeaux Town. You will then hook up to a rappel line and descend back to the ground. Some may choose to walk back down. We work in teams to ensure safety and to support, cheer and help each other.
With confidence boosted and basic techniques acquired, we will move about 50 feet over to Rory’s Glory. This is a bigger wall of 30 feet made of igneous rock covered by limestone, common in this area. Once ropes are set we will start Top Roping to test skills and get familiar with this face and to have FUN, FUN, and more FUN!!! Then we rappel Rory’s Glory.
If time is on our side we head over to even bigger walls and bigger challenges at places like Majestic Macajuel, which is 75 feet! Once all is done and smiles are permanently stuck to faces we hike back the way we came while everyone recounts their heroics
- Everyone will be provided with a helmet while climbing, however if you have a personal climbing, skating or bike helmet please bring it as you will feel more comfortable.
- Mosquito repellant is recommended as we have encountered “Biet Rouge”, also called Chiggers, which bit like mosquitoes but do not carry diseases
- Serious climbers cut their nails very short, while we do not expect you to change fashion for us the shorter your nails are the better. Regardless of the length you must ensure they have no jagged edges.
- A good pair of climbing, riding, sailing or workman’s gloves that have padded palms and fit snuggly are an asset for the rappels. Full fingered gloves are recommended
- For those of you with long hair, please put in a neat pony or plat as hair can get caught in belay devices.
- Short pants or tights and a sporty top or jersey that fits well and leaves you flexible is a must. Loose or ill fitting clothes will limit your climbing ability and can be dangerous
- It is very important to be hydrated and energized during the adventure, so ensure that you have food, water, and energy snacks for a day out. I can drink 2 liters and more during a day of climbing
- Proper hiking shoes that fit well and have grips are recommended. If you have climbing shoes that is best; bring them along for the climbs. Slippers and hiking boots are not appropriate. Ensure your shoes are tied properly and do not have loose laces
- If it rains everything will get wet so bring phones / cameras in dry bags or double zip loc bags
- Adventurous kids are encouraged to join this adventure but they have to be able to hike on their own and have a responsible adult in charge of them.
- Price is TT$175 per person.
- Make sure you leave a dry change of clothes and towel in the car to change into for the drive home!
- Minimum of 6 and maximum of 25 persons
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