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Leprechaun's Lement - Ice Climbing
YAAAYYY - my first day out on the ice this season - super stoked! Climbed with Jeni and Ken for some stellar fun conditions at Kinsman. Thank you, Jeni and Ken for your help and support for my "Turning 60 and Climbing About It" project! With today’s climbing, I’m at 87 pitches!
Earl Pawn Campground at Peacock Flats Mokuleia Forest Reserve Trail: Mokuliea Forest Reserve Access Road Elevation: Approx 1410 ft Elevation Gain: Approx 1400 ft Distance: 7.6 miles roundtrip Duration: 4 hours (includes 1 hour spent at the Peacock Flats) Difficulty: Easy, but hot! So bring plenty water! Danger: Low Took this easy, short hike with my cousins Darrell and Kat. Mokuleia Forest Reserve Access Road is a paved road for 3.8 miles and ends at the top gate at the Forest Reserve boundry. The road is popular with walkers, runners and bicyclists as well. As you ascend the paved road near the top gate, you will see the Peacock Flats Campground directly on your left. Mileage is marked - the metal pole every half mile and the dark brown signs mark every mile. This is the top gate that ends at the paved road Once you go around the gate you will see these signs. Follow the wide dirt path to get to the Campground "A" on the left and Camp
Bringing Jackie up the 1st pitch of Parasol Gully (me in the bright green pants) Looking up at Parasol Gully (WI2+) from the pullout, we had no idea if the ice was good. In fact, I was actually skeptical. But Jackie said, "let's go take a walk up there and check it out." And so we did. And I'm so glad that we did. Jackie and I had been considering Parasol Gully since last October, but weather and other plans always got in the way. Today we were staring up at fat blue ice, in the shade. I can certainly understand why this route would be on the list of the top 10 ice climbs in New Hampshire. The climbing is fun, straight-forward. And the views of the notch from along the route are gorgeous! We even bumped into Nick and Isa who climbed a couple of laps on the route. This climb was a little over 3.5 hours drive from my home in Massachusetts. So I opted to stay overnight in Colebrook. I had dinner and breakfast at the Wilderness Re
Kualoa Ranch - Hiking Solemates Hawaii Hikers Distance: 7 miles loop roundtrip Duration: 4 hrs (includes stops along the trail as well a lunch break at the top of the saddle) Difficulty: Moderate Danger: Low I finally got a chance to hike with the Solemates Hawaii Hikers! I had been in email contact with Tom Mendes and the only hike I would be able to join while on O'ahu would be to Kualoa Ranch. Kualoa Ranch is a working ranch with cattle and other livestock so dogs aren't allowed on the hike. Kualoa Ranch is also in the business of providing outdoor activities for a fee. So everyone paid their fee ($6 for seniors, age 60 and above and $10 for all others) and was also required to sign in with our names and ages. At the end of the hike we were also required to sign out as well. This hike is not accessible to the public. Our hike took us through the ranch, over a 600 foot saddle in the summit and into the beautiful Ka’a’awa Valley which has been the setting for many produ