Poamoho cabin to Waimano ridge trail, Oahu

The last half of the journey. Due to a island-wide storm, I had to pack my camera for the bulk of the day. I can’t wait to hike the Waimano ridge trail again though, because it was lovely.

Cool shot of how the giant trees below almost look like lily pads or maybe even a coral reef.

Looking for the pink trail markers

Scrambling through a small landslide section.

Small encampment below used for workers on the range.

Taking a small break at the Tree of Life.

At the notch, camping not far from it on the remnants of an old cabin only visible through the rusted bits left behind.

Taking in a misty sunset, almost looks like it could be the moon.

Morning time provides some nice views of the Waianae east side, breakfast of some ramen and we are off.

All the sudden, after a cloud passes, we can see the next ridge over.

Lil bee holding on for dear life on a lapalapa tree.

Poamoho trail to Poamoho Cabin, Oahu

2 day backpacking adventure with Kenji and friends. This time Cisco & Chris join as well. The trek took us 14 miles and some change through some of the more scenic parts of the Ko’olau summit trail, unfortunately during a thunderstorm. Luckily, we knew what was coming and prepared as best we could. Even so, we were utterly soaked to the core for the 12 hour hike from our camp site near Kipapa all the way out through the Waimano ridge trail. The Poamoho section provided some wonderful views though.

Picked up in a badass Jeep, thankful that Kenji has friends with cool toys.

Baby cow in the road, I had to chase it a bit to get it moving.

Bench with a nice view of the Waianae mountain range.

Kenji walking up to one of the most epic views on the island.

Reads “Aloha I ka aina a me na mea ulu. Love our land and growing things.”

A rare Ko’olau mountain plant that has a beautiful bloom, so I am told.

Small swamp visible below.

Poamoho cabin, time to chill a bit and filter some water.

Ka’au Crater hike, Oahu

Left at the pipe.

Some old water pipes with rusted holes through them.

First waterfall.

Second waterfall.

Lots of fun climbing, and up the third waterfall.

Nice panoramic of the Ka’au crater once we start up it’s ridge.

Gets steep pretty quick.

Smiles at the summit!

Through the wind and fog to the first set of power lines.

Take a left at the second set of power lines.

View of the windward side.

Time to descend back down the crater rim.

Diamondhead in the distance.

A little of mud, and some scratchy bushes.

Through the ridge to complete the loop, and back to the water pipes, a quick rinse before we head back to the car.

Sapporo trip, Hokaido, Japan

High speed train to our hotel for the night, followed by sushi that Hokkaido is known for, scallops galore and some delicious salmon.

Morningtime in Sapporo.

Heading to Rusutsu for a day of some fine skiing. Colder and snowier than last year.

Whiteout at the summit of the ski mountain, we stayed close to eachother so we didn’t get separated.

Insane sunset on the gondola ride back to the bus.

Ramen at the pitstop where Anthony Bourdain showed up years ago, Aji No Karyu Ramen. I ate miso ramen with mussels & scallops. Insane rich flavor, like nothing I’ve ever had.

Taxi to the flight home.

Waianae Summit Trail Attempt, Day 1, Kaena Point to Mount Ka’ala

Starting in the dark so we can not draw too much attention in our dubious hiking.

Early morning lights, the top is Kaena point and it’s light tower, and below is looking back towards Waianae.

Slinking through the hunting trails east of the military installation.

Can you spot a Kenji hiding in the bushes?

Ridges still partially enveloped in the misty air.

If you look hard enough above, you might see a slight part in the vegetation, yeah that’s our trail -_-

High five for nearing towards 3 points, we sit and enjoy a small break while taking in the dramatic views.

Photo above is the ridges we had walked already, just a little way to go till we get to Ka’ala!

“Hurray a road!” 1 hour later, “This road is bullshit.”

One lone yellow tree in a forest of green.

Our humble roof for the night, we did our best to protect against the wet but it inevitably got a few of our things soaked.

Great view…

Top of Ka’ala at night, from the summit!

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Waianae Summit Trail Attempt, Day 2, Mount Ka’ala to Kolekole Pass

Morning meal prep, Kenji with his pho, and me with biscuits and gravy mountain house.

Consulting GPS way points to set us off into the bog, very rugged, muggy, overgrown and a challenge to navigate. I for the first time ever, actually had to pull out my compass and make sure we were heading towards the correct ridge.

Kenji up to his calf in a mud patch. We finally found the ridge an hour later and started descending the steep traverse leading away from Mount Ka’ala.

Thanks to Kenji for holding up the rock so I could pass.

Took every natural snack opportunity I could find.

Kenji leading through some of the more technical sections.

I thought it was an urn, Kenji said it was left by surveyors.

A moment of relaxation before we ground on.

Shaka stride!

I grabbed onto a moving stick, ended up being a Jackson’s Chameleon. Invasive apparently, but I’m not going to off the cute lil gal.

First sighting of Kolekole pass, we ended up doing a bit of bushwhacking through the jungle to get to the road. We passed a bunch of signs telling us that we had just trampled through an active impact zone for mortars and could have potentially stepped on unexploded ordnance. Great…

Kenji and I scoping out old bunkers on Kolekole road while we wait for my girlfriend to pick us up.