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Old April 8th, 2007, 08:08 PM
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My wife has a bad ankel, she broke it last year in several places, and wants to know how hard it is to climb the falls, how long it takes and any other info you can share.
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My wife has a bad ankel, she broke it last year in several places, and wants to know how hard it is to climb the falls, how long it takes and any other info you can share.
IIRC, the climb takes about a half hour. The climb is pretty easy, but not one that I would recommend for anybody with a bad ankle since one slip could translate to real trouble. Your wife should attempt it only if her physician has ended all -- and I do mean ALL -- restrictions on her activity.

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I agree with Norm. The climb is not difficult but it can be slippery. If you would like to climb the falls and your wife chooses otherwise, then she can walk "along" with you on the stairs next to falls and take pictures. There is a craft market at the top of the falls and a beach at the bottom.
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Since your wife has a bad ankle i would advise against her physically climbing the falls, yes it is a fairly easy climb, but why risk it when there is a stairway all along the falls where you can see all the folks climbing and you can experience the beauty of the falls.
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Since your wife has a bad ankle i would advise against her physically climbing the falls, yes it is a fairly easy climb, but why risk it when there is a stairway all along the falls where you can see all the folks climbing and you can experience the beauty of the falls.
It's not the same. The climb, up a stairstep falls in a crystal clear mountain stream, is so refreshing and rejuvenating....

But as I noted in my earlier reply, it is not a good idea for somebody who has a bad ankle. The climb is on rocks that have jagged and otherwise irregular surfaces on which a person with a bad ankle could easily slip, causing a worse injury.

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I totallyagree with you Norm, there is nothing quite like the actual climb itself, that cool refreshing water feels so good.
The stairway gives you basically a "birds eye" view of the beauty of the cascading waters and all the silly people climbing those falls.
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The rocks are slippery, and the sharp. You are holding hands with a group, so if someone slips in front or back of her, and cause her to slip, she may suffer a serius injury. I would not recommend it.

But, it is sooooooooooo much fun. I posted another message today if she decided to go, I placed a few tips there.

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While the climb up the Falls is not too difficult, the rocks can be slippery. I would not recommend it to anyone with a bad ankle. It is possible to walk along with the climbers on the side of the Falls. The Falls are pretty and it is a great place to take pictures.
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I did the climb this week. For an average person, the climb is OK. The slippery stuff were scraped off mostly by the employess before each day I guess. However, as you say, if you have a bad ankle, it may get too risky

More than that, please make sure that you book a good tour. Not with the guys like "Island Marketing" and others. I was trying to save a couple of bucks by booking through these guys but I have to say I just escaped a big trouble. The tour took us into a roadsie place and they literally forced us inside their place to have a look at their snuffy stuff.

Be Carefull!!!
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Is Dunn River Falls safe for a 7 year old to climb? We are planning a trip to Ochos Rios in January and would like to try the falls. We will have my family ages 74 through 7.
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We visited Dunn River Falls in '05. From what I can remember, it would be fine for your 7 year old as long as they are comfortable with being in water. You are close to each other so it shouldn't be scary for them. We loved it...
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WE did the climb right after hurricane wilma went through (one of the first ships to get to Jamaica, so there was a LOT of water coming down the falls.0 It was great fun but is tricky if you have a bad ankle.

As for kids going, we had 10 kids with us (22 people in all). The kids ranged in age from 8 to 16. One 8 year old got to the top and tried to get us to go again he had so much fun (even with the swift waters). The other 8 year old hated it but she isn't much of a daredevil. After she was through she decided it wasn't so bad. the rest of the kids loved it and would do it again in a heart beat! My 13-year-old (at the time) thought it was incredible.
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I would suggest anyone climbing the Falls wear water shoes of some kind. My very fit, strong, young, son-in-law slipped and fell and banged up his knee so bad that he had to seek medical attention on the ship, we thought his knee cap was broken.
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Thanks so much for your replies. I appreciate it. Sounds beautiful and like quite an experience. My group hasnt decided yet if they want to get off the ship and immediately get in a van to drive an hour and a half to Dunne's Falls then back or if they want to just sight see locally, relax and shake off their sea legs.. hahaha. Either way, I am sure we will have fun!
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Thanks so much for your replies. I appreciate it. Sounds beautiful and like quite an experience. My group hasnt decided yet if they want to get off the ship and immediately get in a van to drive an hour and a half to Dunne's Falls then back or if they want to just sight see locally, relax and shake off their sea legs.. hahaha. Either way, I am sure we will have fun!
I did the climb seven years ago (I was 36 then, though) , and I, too, have alway had weak/bad ankles. One has been broken and sprained to many times it had to be surgically corrected. I don't recall the climb being so dangerous, but I was a little younger then, also. I'm doing it this March and just plan to be VERY careful with my footing.

Is it okay just to wear those water shoes (the cheap ones) like you get at CVS? I cannot remember what I wore the other time, but am sure it was not water shoes b/c it was a spur of the moment thing.
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You will have an amazing time. My mother visited Dunn's River Falls as a 20 year old and was too frightened to climb it at that time... We went back with her 7 years ago and at 60 - she climbed to the top. I am extremely unfit - and had to have my father (who was not climbing the falls - but did the stairs) carry my inhalers, epi-pen and other medications... but I too made it. What a wonderful experience. PS - Dad enjoyed watching everyone else having fun during the climb. Mom and I were concentrating so much on our own footing and making it to the top - that we couldn't really enjoy the "shenanigans" of everyone else.
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7 - yes, wearing water mocs and holding an adult's hand 8)
74 - not unless you want an early inheritance

Bad ankle - not recommended, but if you insist - you could do it wearing a 5 mm dive bootie, or a fishing wander felt boot for ankle support and grip.
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I would not recommend the climb with a bad ankle.
Tell her to go shopping....nothing hurts when you shop!
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not with a bad ankle. take the stairs and snap pics.
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Jamaica is not the best of places to shop (or anything else) by yourself. The stalls at the top of the stairs can be a bit of a zoo.

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oh my god!!! dont let your wife climb the falls, I had no trouble as I have no health problems, but my husband broke his foot climbing them, and did not feel it for two days. There is a walkway right next to the falls, so she could take pics of you doing it!, bring water shoes and wear your suit you get wet!
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my mom and i took the stairway and we ejoyed the falls there are place to rest and take pictures the only place i didn't like is going throu
the market a person grab at my arm because i did't top in there shop
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I would not recommend doing the Falls with a bad ankle. It's gorgeous and like the other people posting mentioned you can walk on land along side the falls. It is gorgeous either way and good photo ops along the way. Must have creek shoes though. Watch the shop at the top of the falls - they're terrible for people selling you stuff. They say it's free and push you to buy something terrible. It's annoying. It's the most gorgous Falls I've seen thus far in my travels and high recommend making the trip. Have fun!
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Thanks so much for your replies. I appreciate it. Sounds beautiful and like quite an experience. My group hasnt decided yet if they want to get off the ship and immediately get in a van to drive an hour and a half to Dunne's Falls then back or if they want to just sight see locally, relax and shake off their sea legs.. hahaha. Either way, I am sure we will have fun!
I certainly do not remember the falls the falls being an hour and a half away. Probably 15 Min. But perhaps ships dock at different places. A mature 7 yr old with parent probably would be OK but a 74 yr old might have problems unless in excellent health.
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