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!

Write-up below.

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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.

Phantom Ranch & Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon

It’s awesome to trek over the iconic suspension bridges over the Colorado River on the South Kaibab Trail. These lead to Phantom Ranch, a camping area, and watering hole for weary hikers. Mitsy was able to grab a bandaid for one of her blisters.

The water is cold and refreshes the feet after a long trek down.

Kind of hard to believe how lush it is on the trail from Phantom Ranch. The greenery is complimented by the sounds of laughter and a babbling stream.

The second suspension bridge, and as far as I’m concerned the start to the Bright Angel trail heading up. It’s got a grated bottom to assist those of us with our fear of heights.

Little froggy I found on the trail. Below, Mitsy jumps through one of the handfull of stream crossings along the way up the Bright Angel Trail.

A long way to go, but we’ve also come a long way!

Tired but keeping the pace strong.

And then a wild batman appears! (Halloween is just a few days away)

This cave marks about the mile left mark, we are thrilled!! Below, we are just steps from the Visitor’s Center, and very happy to score some ice cream.

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