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#AToZChallengeJamaica: C is for Catherine’s Peak

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In Jamaica today, when most people hear “Catherine’s Peak”, they probably think of the brand of bottled water by that name. That isn’t unexpected, but there are others – myself included – who think instead of the peak in the Blue Mountains…Catherine’s Peak itself!

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Catherine’s Peak is located in the parish of St Andrew, and is about 4430 feet high. (1350 meters)

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It is just above the Jamaica Defence Force Training Depot at Newcastle. A paved road has been cut up to Catherine’s Peak, but when I was a child and we used to spend time at Newcastle in the summers, there was no road, just a path. My brothers and cousins and I looked forward to our obligatory climb to the Peak. We were quite in awe of the fully equipped recruits who would run to the Peak and back as part of their training; they completed their run in the time it took us to go halfway up to the top!

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Catherine’s Peak was reportedly named after Catherine Moore, wife of Lieutenant Governor Henry Moore & sister of historian Edward Long. In 1760, she is supposed to have been the first woman to climb the Peak (though this does discount the fact that a Taino or Maroon woman may have done so before her!) A more mundane origin for the name is suggested in the book “Jamaican Place Names”, however.

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Shrouded in mist or shrouded in legend, there she is…Catherine’s Peak!

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6 thoughts on “#AToZChallengeJamaica: C is for Catherine’s Peak

  1. There might even have been a Spanish lady who’d trekked up there, too 🙂 Funnily, discovered Clifton Mount a few months back, and love anything up there in the Blue Mountains as a place of reflection and spectacle. Nice!

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  2. Wow, there’s a paved road up there now? I’ve always wanted to walk to the top. I absolutely adore this whole area…

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  3. Reblogged this on Petchary's Blog and commented:
    Here’s the latest from my fellow blogger Susan Goffe in our #AToZChallengeJamaica series for the month of June. Catherine’s Peak is such a familiar sight, even looking up from the City of Kingston. I love the whole Newcastle area – it has hardly changed in the past 30 years or so, and I hope it never will! But I didn’t know there’s a paved road to the top of the peak, now.

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