Showing posts from January, 2013

Gonna get my ice climb on!

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

Mt. Major (1,780ft) Trails: Mt. Major Main Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft Distance: 3.4 miles roundtrip Duration: 1 hr, 55 minutes (includes stops along the trail and at the summit) Difficulty: Easy to Moderate This hike was an awesome easy workout! I wanted to make the summit in one hour and I did so! The only time I really stopped along the trail on my ascent was when I had gone off trail. I had to stop and search for a bit for those blue blazes. I had brought my snowshoes just in case, but didn’t need them as the trail was nicely packed.      I took the Mt. Major Main trail all the way to the summit. It provides a short and direct route to the summit but near the top it has some really sketchy and steep pitches. I opted to take the alternate route to the left to avoid the ledges. I may be a crazy hiker girl, but I’m not stupid, the ledges were full of ice.   Those ledges There were great 360 degree views at the top but man, was it windy cold! I could only s

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

H aiku 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 be aut y of lush , tropical r idges and the Haiku Stairs summit in cl ouds coupled with high winds made this hike both beau tiful and a mazing! Not only did this hike peak my curiosity , i t commanded my re spect. A tr uly 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