Conquering Forest Trek 2013

Conquering Forest Trek 2013

Written by Editor

Topics: Environment, Flora & Fauna

The embrace of the early morning sunlight warms the hikers as they journey through the cool hills of Gordon Town with staff in hand, and proceed along the banks of the Hope River through Penfield before hitting the first rest stop of Forest Trek 2013 at Redlight. Beyond this point, the mettle of hikers with less than reasonable levels of fitness is sternly tested, and the climb through the forest along the Greenwich Trail breaks the resolve of many who eventually seek refuge in the embarrassingly labelled “Pop Dung Bus”.

Only the strong continue, toiling upward like the pine trees that majestically stretch skyward along the trail. Exotic plants, flowers, fruits and the occasional bird stir the senses out of the stupor induced by fatigue, and soon the trail delivers the hikers to the road that leads to the Holywell Recreational Park– the final destination of the trek located some 3,000 feet above sea level. At this point, it’s still a fair walk to the park, which is located in the Blue Mountain Forest Reserve. The hikers who managed to walk through the entrance on their own steam enjoyed the privilege of proudly boasting that they completed the 10K and conquered the Forest Trek.

Oganised by the Forestry Department, Forest Trek took place on April 27. The trek takes hikers through the forest from Gordon Town to the Holywell, traversing a number of communities such as Penfield, Mount Industry and Redlight along the way. The Blue Mountain Forest Reserve is co-managed by the Forestry Department and the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT). The Holywell Recreational Park is managed by the JCDT.

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