Vir­gin Richard Bran­son Climbs Pi­ton

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Icon en­tre­pre­neur and Vir­gin At­lantic boss Richard Bran­son re­cently climbed Saint Lu­cia’s Pi­ton and has blogged about it. On the Dis­cover Vir­gin web­page Bran­son wrote “I am a big be­liever in tak­ing on an op­por­tu­nity when it presents it­self. If the op­por­tu­nity hap­pens to in­volve an adventure, then you can be sure I will say yes, yes, yes. So when we moored Necker Belle slap bang be­tween the Pitons, you can guess what hap­pened next...” Ac­cord­ing to Bran­son they were play­ing an early morn­ing game of ten­nis and stopped to look up at The Pitons. “There had been a quick shower just be­fore we be­gan our game and the mist was ris­ing over Gros Pi­ton. It looked ab­so­lutely mag­nif­i­cent. As I stared, I won­dered: could we climb it?” he wrote.

Within a mat­ter of hours, they were at the base of the moun­tain and be­gan their as­cent into the rain­for­est in high spir­its; “hav­ing heard it was a sim­ple enough hike and wouldn’t be too chal­leng­ing”. “That wasn’t quite the case,” Bran­son pointed out.

“The rain had made the path slip­pery, and we were soon cling­ing to each vol­canic rock, us­ing them as stairs. By half­way, our wa­ter was be­gin­ning to run low and sweat was pour­ing off us,” he went on.

Their guide ac­cord­ing to Bran­son, who has been climb­ing the moun­tain ev­ery day (some­times twice a day!) for seven years, had raced ahead. “Af­ter just un­der two hours, we made it to the top. It was well worth it, with spec­tac­u­lar views in ev­ery di­rec­tion and smil­ing faces from all of the team. We could see the gor­geous Caribbean Sea, St Lu­cia sprawled out be­neath us and St Vin­cent in the dis­tance. By the time we made it back down the sun­set wasn’t far away. We made it back to Necker Belle just in time to soak it in. As Marvin Gaye sung, Ain’t No Moun­tain High Enough,” Richard Bran­son ended.

Richard Bran­son and crew make it to the top.

A sat­is­fied Bran­son af­ter his ad­ven­tur­ous


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