Piliwale ridge through K1 & K2 to Manoa falls

This is my first crossing of the Ko’olaus, and first real trek with my new climbing buddy Kenji.  With us are his pals Gary, Chris and Shirley.  We immediately were lost amongst the clouds and our original plans for a trek down the Pali Notches were voted out once we found the fork in the ridge.  My white whale hike will have to wait.  It was a muddy and wet endeavor, the discomfort was pardoned by the joy that climbing up very steep ridges lends.  The crew was great, I look forward to more of the same.

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Getting to the trailhead early, I was alone to walk along the deserted road and enjoy the sounds of the birds waking up.  The faint trickle of a stream broke through the chatter, smells of the wet foliage lingered.

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Olomana peaks in the distance.

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Finally united with the crew, we trek up to the base of Piliwale ridge.

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Soon we were socked in, we continued on wondering if the notches were still going to be part of the plan.

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Trying my new spike scenario out, uncomfortable but did a great job with traction.

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Kenji leading us through the most technical parts of the trail.

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Shirley building her reputation as a competent member of the team.

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She gets the Instagram pose, good job!

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Kenji being a goofball.

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Made it to the top of K1, no dry sock in the crew.

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Snacks and a round of two truths and a lie, I don’t think we impressed Shirley…

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Grrr.

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Gorgeous orchids peppered throughout the trail.

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Hiking through the Pauoa flats trail on our way to the upper Manoa lookout and down to the falls.

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You can barely make out the Nu’uanu reservoir.

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Back to my turf, the upper Moana falls trail, <3

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Manoa was particularly fierce today, which makes sense given what we hiked through getting to it.

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Darby the tropical storm

Cloudy day, rainstorms on the way, when the clouds broke for a moment I zipped down on my faithful whip to Kokohead to do stairs in the rain.  Haunama bay was an apparition that looked upon me through dense skies, rain brought out little centipedes who seemingly enjoyed the spectacle as much as me.  When the foggy spritz turned into a downpour I booked it home and saw the biggest storm hit the island since I had moved here.

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Some epic thunderstrikes too!


National hammock day

national hammock day

The hammock isn’t just a hammock, but a mindset.  The more I do and faster life gets, the more I feel the weight that business puts on my shoulders.  Take time to purposefully experience quiet and stillness, see the world breathe and race and enjoy the spectacle from the outside.

Makapu’u Lighthouse hike

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It was a cloudy day, rain blanketing the region in patches, I left just after 0700 to meet my lovely friend Shannon in an attempt for a hike, we didn’t go but ended up spending the day catching up.

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This man lives and breaths the call of the wild, after sending him a message over the internet he was kind enough to respond and meet up.

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The man, the myth, Kenji.  I am very excited about this climbing partnership and can’t wait for the adventures that await.

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Omakase sashimi at my favorite place Yanagi Sushi, they almost know my name there.  I can still taste the buttery salmon and maguro.

Magic Island, Oahu

Live in your own world I told my friend.  I don’t care what you think about people, or the world at large, what’s the difference anyways because here you are in your own little space.  You created this moment, your decisions led you here.  So choose a perspective that leaves behind the icky things.

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Half a world away, my blastlane bro is off on his own transcontinental national park tour.  I sit here thinking good thoughts to him and his adventure, and count my own blessings.  Good things happening to the people around me, and I can have this moment worry free to just enjoy a beautiful evening on Magic Island.

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Ka’au crater to Mt. Olympus, Oahu, Hawaii

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We started off the hike in the lush jungle in Palolo valley, there were lots of mountain apples lingering about which were ripe and delicious.  The sweet sent of fallen fruit filled the air.

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It was a bit on the muddy side.

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We arrived at the first waterfall, and ascended to the next series of waterfalls climbing alongside them.  It was a blast mixing up some jungle hiking with a little bit of bouldering.

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This sign reads.

“In Loving Memory Heidi Marie Page 1971-1997 rest here and give thanks for the love you give and the love you receive, the world was her neighborhood”

I was told Heidi had fallen from the top of this waterfall.

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Ka’au crater finally presents itself, it’s the least accessible crater on the island (of which there are 3 total, 4 if you count Haunama bay), we continue on the southwestern ridge until the steep and muddy climb to the Ko’olau ridgeline.

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Once we ascend to the ridgeline, we found a barefoot hiker who was trekking the ridgeline in the opposite direction.  He was very pleased to acquire an apple from us.  We bushwhacked it through the overgrown ridge trail to Mt. Olympus and continued down the Wa’ahila ridge trail back to our parked vehicles.

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At the bottom I was asked if I wanted a beer from a fellow hiker.  “Of course!” I said and she handed me a 7 Up, I was confused until she told me it was a beer in disguise.  Brilliant…

Waipuhia peak, near Pali Puka, Oahu

Decided to continue beyond the Pali Puka today to explore and document the trails beyond.  Just past the puka the trail traversed a muddy region and then broke right into a class 4 climb with many ropes and roots to cling onto for the steepest section.  Was easily navigated with meticulous foot placement and solid handholds.  Too cloudy and wet to permit further exploration beyond the first peak, will defer to another day!  Trail overview here, very short & steep.

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Great just what I want to find in the geocache…

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Some of the ropes are dangerously frayed, be cautious.

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Will save the rest of this hike for a clearer day.

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Cool little Easter egg, see if you can find it.

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Crazy steep section, great roots to cling to.

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