There a few things in life you have to try at least once just to say you did it, and hiking to the very top of the highest point in Jamaica is one of them. The majestic Blue Mountains stands at 7,401 ft and is home to Jamaica’s world famous Blue Mountain Coffee and many fruit and plants you won’t find anywhere else on the island. If you’re a fan of mother nature, you’ll feel at one with her and her splendor during this hike.
Disclaimer : This hike DESTROYED me! I am never ever going again, even if someone tells me there is a pot of gold at the peak. It took my legs about 3 days to return to normal. However it’s truly an experience you have to do at least once, so i’m about to help you to prepare.
- Be mentally prepared
No matter your fitness level, chances are this hike will embarrass you. Leading up to your hike day, be very mindful of the task you’re about to take on. I was very fearful of the hike, so I tried not to think about it all, but this didn’t help me at all. Instead, you need to be giving yourself pep talks from the moment you sign up. Get your motivational playlist ready, until then i’ll leave this quote with you.
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall”
If at the time you sign up you’re at fitness level zero, try to bring yourself up to at least a solid 3 or 4. Get your old bones moving and push your limits! How you get physically is totally up to you! You can opt to spend some extra time in the gym, do workout programs from home or jog twice a day. Remember, you can do this!
3. Pack Light
It’s one night, so you don’t have to pack all of your precious belongings into your backpack, relax. It’s important to bare in mind, you pack it, you bring it…. up the 7,401 ft mountain. Ladies and gentlemen, pack light! Wear your heaviest pieces of clothing and leave tiny things in your backpack. Trust me, there is nothing worst than having to haul your body AND a heavy backpack up the highest point in the country.
4. Bundle Up!
Think of the coldest place in Jamaica…. yea… Blue Mountain beats that. I wore three shirts and two sweaters and I was still freezing. One hack I wish I considered was mittens, although our guide told us we would need them, I underestimated how cold it would be. So mittens and lot’s of sweaters guys! The temperature at the peak varies, however when I was there it was 3 degrees.
5. Wear comfortable shoes
Your shoes don’t only need to be comfortable but functional. You need a pair of shoes that will support you all the way up as well as all the way down. If your shoes aren’t right for the journey, on your way down you’ll feel the burn of your poor decision on your ankles. I made this mistake and my ankles were swollen for days! Prepare! I warned you.
Here’s a handy dandy list of things to take with you!
2 x 1.5L bottles of water
Flashlight (No, you can’t use your cellphone flashlight)
Snacks high in protein (chips, nuts and protein bars)
An energy drink (or two)
Blankets or Sleeping Bag
Hoodies or Tams
Interested doing the hike? Contact our tour guide Alex! Groups have to be at least 10 people to be eligible. Contact #: 1-876-277-5861