The Pali Notches

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It was an early start for the notches, left with a lovely view of Diamondhead just after 6.

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On the lookout, waiting for my friends to arrive, all ended up bailing except Kenji.

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It was a popular trail this morning, a large team was to do the southern KST from this point so we heard, passed a few others along the way.

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“Every step I take is the furthest I’ve gone” I told Kenji, just passed the second notch here.

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Eyeballing the gnarly spur ridge off of the notch here, we were going to tempt our luck on it’s back.

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Kenji working his way up the chimney.  Soon I followed.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought.

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This was the worst part for me.  One slip up and you had about a 100 foot fall below, unstable footing, crumbly rocks.  I needed rope, and Kenji climbed up and threw some down to me.

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We climbed down the spur ridge a little bit.  I’d go further, I told Kenji, if we had more rope.  It was just too risky to do without insurance.

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Coming back up, this was our anchor.

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Working our way up to the K1 summit.

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The mudwall.

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Passed K1 and K2, on to the backside of Manoa falls now.

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Pretty views when below the clouds.

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