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Gonna get my ice climb on!

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Yea, you heard me.....gonna get my ice climb on at the 2013 Mount Washington Valley Ice Festival! This will be my first time attending the ice festival as well as taking an ice climbing clinic. The fest is hosted by IME (International Mountain Equipment) and takes place Feb 1-3, 2013 in North Conway, NH. I'm really looking forward to this event, actually I'm totally psyched! I'll be taking a climbing clinic from two guest guides; Art Mooney and Emilie Drinkwater and also have the op to meet other ice climbers. There will be videos, shows, free food and oh-la-la, lots of gear demos!! Bringing my camera and hope to get lots of photos! Ice-ice baby!

Mt. Major - Solo Winter Hiking

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Haiku Stairs & Pu’u Keahi a Kahoe – O’ahu, Hawaii

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Haiku Stairs (2,800ft)
aka Stairway To Heaven
Elevation Gain: 2,560ft

Pu’u Keahi a Kahoe (2,820ft)
Elevation Gain: (2,580ft)

Trails: Kamananui Valley Rd, Kulana’ahane Trail
Distance: 8.5 miles
Duration: 6.5 hours(includes stops for breaks along the trail and at summits)
Difficulty: Easy to Very Strenuous
Danger: High (exposed/narrow ridges with steep drop-offs, steep staircase, high winds)

The beauty of lush, tropical ridges and the Haiku Stairs summit in clouds coupled with high winds made this hike both beautiful and amazing! Not only did this hike peak my curiosity, it commanded my respect. A truly unforgettable hike! Shoots, an unforgettable walk from Honolulu to Kaneohe!

My cousin Darrell and I joined up with Lita and Marty to hike! Our original plans were to hike all 3 peaks of Olomana but the night before Darrell and I checked weather reports for rain and it looked like it would be way too slippery for Olomana. Lita had invited us to hike to Haiku Stairs via the Moanalua Middle Ridge from…