Scheduled Date: Tuesday 5th August, 2014
On the 14th May 2014 The Abbey of Mount St Benedict will celebrate 100 years since the blessing of the three Bells in the monastery. This area was known as the Lower Monastery and at 1800 feet above sea level the Higher Monastery was built at Mount Thabor. This beautiful mountain played an important part in the early history of Mt St.Benedict ,the first mass celebrated at Mt Thabor was on the 13th May 1916 however due to the difficulty of getting supplies to the summit, the Higher Monastery was eventually abandoned and all is left today are the ruins.
Mt Thabor is distinguished because of it’s picturesque landscape and graceful outline of pine trees which can be spotted for miles around.These trees were planted by the forestry division not only to beautify the land ,but to assist in forest fire control and soil erosion .At the summit there is a plateau ,where it’s is inviting to sit among the pine trees,relax in the soothing breeze and enjoy the splendor of the fantastic views around.
The journey begins from Benet’s Hall in Mt St Benedict and the trek along the rugged hill tops to the El Tucuche Bench Road in the Caura Valley will take at least two and a half hours.Along the way you will see the remnants of the old tapia castle built in 1918 at the crest of Mt Thabor.The trail along the ridge leads to a junction where the left path descends to Caura and the right path to Tunapuna. For more information contact:Mario749-2956 or islandhikers.com
Mt St Benedict to Caura exploration .
Assembly :7.00 am Hilo Car Park, St. Augustine
Rating :6 challenging
Bring along extra water
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