Jerry Brisbane and Clement Rabess are the first Dominicans to hike all 14 segments of the WNTP
Local hiking enthusiasts, Jerry Brisbane and Clement Rabess have created history by becoming the first Dominicans to complete the 115 mile Waitukubuli National Trail Project (WNTP) from one end to the other; that is from Scotts Head to Capuchin.
The Duo was greeted with cheers and words of congratulations as they emerged out of the dense green forest at the Fort Shirley Cabrits National Park, as they completed segment 14, the last segment of the trail, marking the end of their six day hike across the island.
Director of the Waitukubuli National Trail Project Mr. Eddie Henry was the first to congratulate the hikers upon the completion of their expedition, at approximately 7:30pm on Thursday evening.
While congratulating the two men during a short ceremony at the Fort Shirley Cabrits National Park, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Mr. Samuel Carrette presented the hikers with wood carvings which were carved by craftsman Francis Richards depicting the logo of the WNTP and a map of Dominica.
This he says, serves will serve as a reminder of their achievement and the historic day that they set the pace for hiking enthusiasts not only in Dominica but across the world.
An elated Rabess used the opportunity to encourage other Dominicans to hike the trail.
He says in the coming days, they will be presenting a few recommendations to officials of the WNTP and the Ministry of Agriculture as well as Dr. Lennox Honychurch.
Meanwhile,Jerry Brisbane said that the most enchanting and challenging parts of the hike were segments eight and nine due to the spectacular views, majestic rainforest, streams, waterfalls and masses of parrots and the demanding terrain.
Just like Rabess, Brisbane thanked the many people who made their expedition a success, especially the staff of the Marigot Hospital for assisting him when he was suffering from dehydration and Hunter Peter of Marigot for his help and guidance in the mountains.