Before coming, I read all the reviews and was a bit nervous - after all, I am a 40'ish reasonably healthy, but do-not-regularly-exercise type of woman. And, yes - this is not really a hike, but more of a climb up a mountain. My husband and I figured we were ready, with hiking boots and workout clothes, and with Reggie (of Nevis Adventure Tours), our excellent guide. Although some reviewers mentioned going it alone, we were very happy we had our guides - they shared a little about the local history and various sights as we went up, and made sure we did not mis-step over the sometimes slippery rocks. They were helpful in replacing a rope needed to climb up a slippery part of the trail where a rock got dislodged.
With our guide, we not only went to the top of the trail (which we thought was the Peak), he also guided us through the bushes to the highest peak - with even better views of the island.
It is best if you are in better shape than myself (your average regular exercise with some weight training - you don't have to be a Spartan racer to do this!). However, I do neither and made it to the top in about 2-2.5 hrs. I was just VERY sore the next day. Despite this, I was able (with the help of some ibuprofen) to go on a little known waterfall hike that Reggie just started about a year ago (which was less strenuous, but beautiful for the waterfalls) two days after this Peak Hike.
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