Join us on this hike, even if you’re not in Grenada!
As I mentioned in my last post, our plan yesterday was to travel to the north end of the island to, once again, hike to the spectacular Tufton Hall Falls, the highest waterfall in Grenada. Mother Nature must have known that we were itching to do something fun because she cooperated brilliantly, providing us with a rain-free, sunny day. A good weather day is of particular importance when doing this hike as, at times of heavy rain, the river we walked up can be susceptible to flash floods. This is evidenced by the huge trees we saw criss-crossing the water in many places, having been washed down stream in months and years past.
In the hiking guide we wrote, Ready To Get Wet, I listed this hike as a 5 out of 5 difficulty. Now, after completing it a second time, I would still concur with our initial assessment. While much of the hike is of no greater difficulty than a typical Saturday hash here in Grenada, there are other spots that are particularly sketchy, most notably the high cliff close to the end which must be ascended (and later descended) by completely relying upon a fixed rope.
Remembering what a sorry state the rope that I just mentioned was in the last time we did this hike, we brought a new one with us this time around to add to the tree. I volunteered to climb the cliff first using the old one, and once at the top of the cliff, I rigged the new one for the rest of our group to use. Even with that new length of line, watching other people make the ascent put serious butterflies in my stomach. Not only could falling produce a very serious injury, like many of the jungle hikes that we do, medical care would be hours and hours away. That far in the bush, you are truly on your own.
So why take the risk? Look through the photo gallery I uploaded and that question may be answered. This waterfall is spectacular, but so remote that very few people get to see it. That beauty, and the challenge, is what drove us to make the trek. While I didn’t quiz them, I’m guessing that our excellent hiking companions Steve, Mark, and Lisa might have similar thoughts.