AkzoNobel, a huge global company that is the largest manufacturer of powder coatings in the world, recently contacted Real St Lucia Tours with an exciting request- the desire to conquer Petit Piton. The smaller of the twin Piton Mountains, Petit Piton is no hike in the woods. Ascending almost straight up, conquering it is no easy feat. We were honored to be the tour company of choice for AkzoNobel, and we were happy to rise to the challenge of getting them to the top of Petit Piton. We know that they did massive research before choosing a tour company to guide them to the top of this difficult mountain, and we took great pride in being their guides of choice.
Among the Real St Lucia Tours guides accompanying the AkzoNobel team up the mountain was our owner, Janus Gyan. A true outdoors man with a real love for his island and the Pitons, Janus is a mountain enthusiast. His presence on the trip meant that he would be able to show the AkzoNobel team the unique vegetation that grows along Petit Piton as well as the many unique and exciting rock formations seen along the climb.
The weather for the climb was awesome, with not a rain cloud in sight. The hike commenced, and everything went off without a hitch. The weather stayed beautiful, and the team had a wonderful time. The ascent was great, although it started to get harder around the middle, leaving everyone struggling to make it to the top. Nobody does adventure like St Lucia, and climbing Petit Piton is DEFINITELY an adventure.
Throughout the climb and especially after reaching the top of the mountain, the AkzoNobel team had the opportunity to take plenty of amazing photographs. Our team took lots of photos as well, as this was definitely a hike to remember. We took shots of the island views from many vantage points on Petit Piton, as well as photos of the team hiking the mountain and gathered together at its peak.
By the time we were preparing to descend the mountain, everyone was quite exhausted from the climb up the mountain. Ascending Petit Piton is very unforgiving on the legs and can leave you feeling worn out, your legs feeling more like limp noodles. Yet the AkzoNobel team persevered and made it to the top with true adventurer's spirits. On the way down, with everyone feeling the exhaustion that only comes from climbing Petit Piton, we had plenty of breaks and stopped to drink lots of water. By the time we reached the bottom, everyone was feeling a mixture of immeasurable pride and exhaustion. The climb was over and everyone had had a wonderful time.
The AkzoNobel team conquered Petit Piton with relatively little struggle, something only accomplishable by a team like this- one that goes around the world seeking the next big adventure. The team felt a great deal of pride in their accomplishment and couldn't wait to get back aboard the ship to share their story and feat with their workmates. The team here at Real St Lucia Tours felt a great deal of pride as well. It’s always fun for us to see our adventurers make it to the top of a mountain that so few people ever have the nerve to ascend. The views from the top are unbeatable, and hiking Petit Piton provides a sense of accomplishment that is hard to describe to someone who has never attempted the challenge.
At the end of the day, we had a wonderful time with the guys from AkzoNobel and were exceptionally honored that they chose Real St Lucia Tours for their Petit Piton hiking experience. The conditions for the climb couldn't have been better, and the team couldn't have been friendlier or more adventurous. Everyone involved had a wonderful time, and we all made it to the top unscathed, if a bit exhausted. It was a great deal of challenge and fun for everyone involved, and although it was tough, it was really quite the fun adventure for everyone in the group.
Here at Real St Lucia Tours, we offer everything from Piton hikes to cruise excursions, day trips, island tours, and more. We are proud to be the first choice of companies like AkzoNobel, as well as hundreds of everyday travelers looking to see and experience the best that St Lucia has to offer. No matter what your idea of adventure may be, we can bring it to life. We love our island and love to help travelers and business groups experience the very best of it. If you are looking to visit St Lucia and want to see the best sights or go on the best adventures with local guides who can really help you find the beauty that lies off the beaten path, book your adventures with Real St Lucia Tours today!
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made what would’ve probably been a daunting experience for a novice hiker, one which I’ll never forget." Cammy