Canadian dies on Gros Piton hike

Canadian dies on Gros Piton hike

A hike to the summit of Gros Piton on Saturday ended in tragedy when a Canadian national, identified as Christopher Diachuk, died on the mountain peak.

The CEO of the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF), Walter Francois, told the Times that the tour had not been organized by the foundation.

“My understanding is that the individual hiked to the summit and there was some mishap and the person passed away,” Francois said.

He added:

“We have warned against this and persons keep doing it.”

According to Francois, the SRDF provides coverage when it organizes tours and has trained guides accompany hikers.

He explained that the guides provide information and advice on water consumption, as well as explain the rigors of the climb and the estimated time of arrival and return.

Soufriere police are currently investigating the incident.

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1 Comment

  1. The Commentator
    March 8, 2016 at 11:44 pm Reply

    A very unfortunate outcome but he is not the first visitor to expire on that mountain. The Gros Piton trek can be quite strenuous even for the young and fit so senior citizens who do not normally go mountain climbing should exercise caution when ascending that peak and should be conscious of their body’s warning signs. One should really condition the body for these strenuous hikes but that said death can come in so many ways at any time. My condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and I trust that this incident will not be blown out of proportion to the detriment of our tourist industry.

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