Photo by Christian Rodriguez
|Range/Region:||Central American Ranges|
|Difficulty:||Major Mountain Expedition|
|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec|
|Year first climbed:||2008|
|First successful climber(s):||Christian Rodriguez, Bruno Kuppinger, Douglas Leonardo, Pavel Dorosevich, Emilino Sho, Alfredo Cho|
|Nearest major airport:||Belize City|
|Convenient Center:||Belize City|
Thanks to Christian Rodriguez for adding this peak.
Doyle's Delight is the highest summit from Belize. Was named for its resemblance to the prehistoric setting of Arthur Conan Doyle's novel "The Lost World.'' Towering palms and strangler figs, their trunks wrapped in a green shag of ferns and mosses, rise and converge in a leafy canopy that keeps the moist forest floor in perpetual dusk. The ridge is so remote that the British Army's jungle training unit, scientist and other researcher with multinational expedition drop most of the expedition members in by helicopter.
With its elevation of 1124 meters (3717 Feet), it is the highest point in Belize.
The Maya Mountains, and specifically Doyle's Delight, are considered geologically old for this part of Central America dating back at least 65 million years. These high-elevation forests are sufficiently rare and unique in Belize.
The name Doyle’s Delight was first coined in 1989 (Matola, 1989). This name has meanwhile achieved widespread acceptance.
Thanks to Christian Rodriguez for this description.