Emily Combs ’17 climbed 2,619 feet up to the top of a mountain in the Caribbean.
Combs, a Peace Corps volunteer in St. Lucia, climbed to the top of Gros Piton along with nine other volunteers. A spectacular landmark of St. Lucia that’s visible for miles, the Pitons – Petit Piton and Gros Piton – are twin volcanic plugs majestically soaring out of the sea with waves crashing around their bases.
A volcanic plug, also called a volcanic neck or lava neck, is a volcanic object created when magma hardens within a vent on an active volcano. The Pitons rise abruptly out of the eastern Caribbean Sea.
“It took us 4.5 hours to hike up and down, but it was so worth it when we saw the view at the top,” Combs said. “We had several local guides that went with us and it was a great way to integrate into the Lucian culture!”
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