The scenery was so beautiful that it was difficult to turn my back on such an amazing sight but after soaking up as much of the environment as a could and getting some much needed rest there was no choice but to go back down the same way that we had come up. The almost two hours on top of La Soufriere had restored my energy level and we were ready to go again.
Descending back to the beach
Almost immediately after starting down, I slipped on some loose gravel and fell backwards landing on my backpack which was carrying my camera, completely destroying the camera.
The hike down was similar to going up but going down is always easier physically although the extra time required to navigate through the hurricane damaged forest meant that our expected six to seven hour hike was now going to take over thirteen hours and the last two hours would be in the dark.
Darkness in the jungle is not the same as it is in the city, dark in the jungle is near black. Not expecting to be hiking back in the dark, no one had brought a flash light but we did have our cell phones so we used the light of the cell phone to guide our steps and keep us from falling.
Once we emerged out of the slot canyon and made our way back to the beach we were met with cheers by the others staying at the base camp. While I never felt that we were in danger of injury, when hikers are significantly late from a potentially risky hike, people start to get worried!