Eddie Henry, Director of the Waitukubuli National Trail Project greets Jerry Brisbane (left) and Clement Rabess (right) at the end of the hike

At 7.30 on Thursday evening local hiking enthusiasts, Jerry Brisbane and Clement Rabess arrived at Fort Shirley, Cabrits National Park, ending their six day hike across Dominica and thus becoming the first Dominicans to complete the whole of the 115 mile Waitukubuli National Trail (WNT) from one end to the other.

They were greeted by their wives, staff of the WNT, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr. Samuel Carrette, and other supporters.

During a short ceremony Mr. Carrette presented the hikers with wood carvings by craftsman Francis Richards depicting the logo of the WNT and a map of Dominica as a trophy of their achievement.

The Director of the WNT Project Mr. Eddie Henry was the first to congratulate the two man team as they walked in from the darkness of the forest on the Cabrits to complete segment 14, the last segment of the trail.

Jerry Brisbane said that the most enchanting and challenging parts of the hike were segments eight and nine. Spectacular views, majestic rainforest, streams, waterfalls and masses of parrots and the demanding terrain made these segments of the trail the most memorable.

Brisbane thanked all who had helped them on their way especially the staff of the Marigot Hospital for assisting him when he suffered from dehydration, and also hunter Peter of Marigot for his help and guidance in the mountains.

Rabess extolled the virtues of the trail for education, tourism and building national identity. He is a leading representative of the Waitukubuli Ecological Foundation (WEF) which, when led by Bernard Wiltshire, laid the groundwork for launching the trail project.

A relieved Rabess (left) and Brisbane after the hike