Friday, August 23, 2013

Mt. Olomana - Hiking

Mount Olomana (1,700ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,600
Trail: Mt. Olomana Ridge   
Difficulty: Strenuous
Danger: High (ledges, cliffs, exposed/narrow ridges with sheer drop-offs, rock scrambling, steep sections along trail) 

Finally got to hike Olomana, and "ticked" it!, YEEEEEESSSS! Darrell, Neil and I met up with Daniel Howzitboy for this hike. It was raining lightly and Daniel texted me "oh oh!" but when we met up in the parking lot, the rain stopped. We walked passed the guard shack and instead of ascending the ridge from the trailhead, we took a shortcut, which was just a few feet from the guard shack. The climb to the summit was steady with cool rock scrambling near the summit. I either strained the tendon or got a cramp in my hand while on my way to the summit. Each time I put any weight on my palm, there would be pain from my wrist to the ring finger of my right hand. I almost turned back but decided against it, taking Advil instead and pushed on. It was interesting climbing and scrambling with just my left hand. When we got to the summit, my hand was still sore but the Advil had taken off some of the bite of the pain. I hated to have to leave, but after an hour at the summit enjoying the quietness, comfortable temps and 360 degree views, we descended. Please enjoy some photos I took of our hike to Mount Olomana!


**This trail contains many steep sections. This trail contains narrow ridge sections with vertical drops. If you aren't comfortable with heights or do not like rock scrambling or rope climbing, this is not the hike for you.



Peaks 2 & 3 from the 1st Peak
Cuz'n Darrell
Neil
Daniel
Oahu, Hawaii, hiking
On the descent, rock scrambling near the summit

And mahalo Daniel for the Olomana video!!

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