About Hawaii Girl

You're never too old to learn to have fun, LOVE the outdoors and LIVE!

This blog serves as a personal journal to document all my outdoor activities. It helps me keep track of all the places I've been to, things I've seen and done, and wonderful people that I've met along the way. But most of all, this blog serves to document my 'journey of climbing' and to inspire other women to climb, no matter what age!

I’m a late bloomer to the sport of climbing. I started climbing in 2010, just shortly before turning 51 years old. As you can see from my list of climbs, I started out sport climbing. Since then I have learned to boulder, ice climb and trad climb. Presently, I’m learning to crack climb and hope to soon learn to climb "off-width" cracks!

Although I don't consider myself a hiker, I sometimes enjoy hiking all 4 seasons, but mostly winter hiking and hikes which are technical and/or require rock scrambling. I took up hiking a year after I started rock climbing only because someone told me that I had to "hike" to get to the climbing crags. Go figure!

I just recently took up skiing and am wondering how I never got into this sport sooner - better late than never! 

I also enjoy golf, kayaking (prefer whitewater), snowshoeing, SUP, martial arts, yoga, as well as the occasional game of pocket billiards. I am not an extreme athlete, just a very passionate weekend warrior! 

Because I'm crafty, I also love to make jewelry! I sell my outdoor and nature-inspired handicrafts at SummitShaka.com.

About My Jewelry Pieces
As an avid rock and ice climber, I'm drawn to unusual and interesting stones and fossils. The pieces I use in my work come from various sources. Sometimes I purchase beautifully cut and polished pieces from several different reputable resources. But I also love and purchase rough and unpolished pieces. I have also found many beautiful rocks while out climbing and hiking.

I make all my rope bracelets and necklaces with Accessory Cords by the Sterling Rope company. For several years now I have been using climbing ropes from the Sterling Rope company. As a climber, my most trusted and strongest pieces of climbing equipment are my ropes. Sterling Ropes are of high quality and you can trust that the quality used in their climbing ropes are also used for their accessory cords.

and so the addiction continues....
Hawaii Girl

Header Info:
Left photo: On the Lakeview route of Cannon Mountain, Franconia Notch, NH. Photo by Sean Bowen, 2014.

Right photo: Exiting the cave of Standard Route of Frankenstein Cliffs, NH. Photo by Richard Doucette, 2015.