Sunday, October 12, 2014

My First Trad Lead - Rock Climb

Powder Puff 5.6
Rock Rimmon
Manchester, NH

My very first Trad Lead climb! It was mellow and super easy as I had top roped and seconded this route very many times. Super stoked! Thanks so much for Jeff for the belay and to Geoff for letting use his Trad rack and giving me beta. Some photos taken of our day!








Jeff and Geoff on the same route


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Rainbow Slabs - Multi-pitch Rock Climbing

Gorgeous day for a couple of multi-pitch climbs along the Kancamagus Highway in Albany, New Hampshire! I assisted leader Jeff D. taking up a first-timer to multi-pitch climbing, he loved it. Good job Varma on your first multi-pitch climb! Enjoy some photos taken of our day.



The Pillars of Dickulese (5.6)
260 feet- 2 pitches
Rainbow Slabs
The Lower Kancamagus Area


 Varma up the 1st pitch with Jeff on his belay
 At the 2nd belay station (3)


 Varma up the 2nd pitch (2)

 Varma rapping down to the 2nd belay station

The Perfect Wave (5.7)
160 feet- 2 pitches
Rainbow Slabs
The Lower Kancamagus Area


The Perfect Wave is actually 200 feet and 3 pitches but since the 
last pitch (40 feet) is a 5.4, we only climbing two pitches.

Varma up the 1st pitch with Jeff on his belay

Jeff leads the 2nd pitch

Varma up the 2nd pitch

Making my way up the fun, 2nd pitch

Rapping down 

Catherine waiting to lead the 2nd pitch (2)


Badass Kevin!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Manoa Falls - Walking

Manoa Falls - Walking
Distance: 1.6 roundtrip
Time: 1.5 hr
Manoa Valley
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Difficulty: Very Easy
Danger: Low
Parking fee: $5 (discount for Kama'aina)

After staying out late the night before watching my niece and her band EMKE perform, I  didn’t want to do a long or strenuous hike. So I scheduled a wicked easy, short walk/hike to Manoa Falls with Darrell and Neil. When we pulled into the parking lot, I knew there‘d be a good flow at the falls as it was pouring. But by the time we were ready to leave the parking lot, the rain had stopped. We got to the 100-foot falls and took our time, spending about half-an-hour admiring the falls, watching tourists, posing and taking photos. On our way out, I showed Darrell and Neil the trail to the Lua’alaea Falls. We only went as far as the Lua’alaea stream and noted a large downed tree. Enjoy some photos I took on our leisurely walk to Manoa Falls through the Manoa Valley. And a Mahalo nui loa to both Darrell and Neil for such wonderful companionship on my hikes here in Hawai'i!








Beautiful, lush valley!

Dryland Taro


White Ginger

Yellow Ginger

Afterward our walk, we headed to my parents house for a post-hike
lunch with my family. Yes, that's Guava Chiffon cake in the top left corner! :)