Showing posts with label Hawaii. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hawaii. Show all posts

Monday, April 20, 2020

Aloha, My Hiking Cousin, Darrell

Pali Puka Lookout

Cousin Darrell, rest in Aloha.
When I hiked on Oahu,
my cousin Darrell hiked with me to keep me company and look out for me. 
I will miss him and will always remember his quiet confidence.

At the base of Mount Olympus summit

Hanauma Bay Rock Bridge

Peacock Flats hike

Aiea Loop Hike

Descending Pali Puka
(Pali Highway in background)

Mount Olomana 
Mount  Kaala

Lulumahu Falls - testing his underwater SmartPhone

Hike up to the Haiku Stairs via Moanalua Middle Ridge

Haiku Stairs Descent (video)

Here's a list of all the hikes that cousin Darrell and I did. We also had great company with us as well - mahalo to Neil for joining us on these fun hikes.

Manoa Falls
Aiea Loop
Awawaloa (Mt. Olympus, 2,486 ft)
Peacock Flats

Crepes and Lulumahu Falls
Mt. Olomana (1,643 ft) 
Mt. Ka'ala (4,025 ft)
Pali Puka (1,670 ft)
Koko Head/Hanauma Bay Rock Bridge (642 ft) - Views of Hanauma Bay, Portlock, Hawaii Kai, Maunalua Bay, Diamond Head/Koko Crater and Koko Head
Kuli'ou'ou Ridge (2,064 ft) - Views of the back of Diamond Head/Koko Crater and Koko Head and Kuli'ou'ou Valley
Haiku Stairs (2,800 ft) & Pu’u Keahi a Kahoe (2,820 ft) - Extreme ridge hiking  (3 videos)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

2013: A Year Review

This has been one amazing year for me! My husband and I were in Hawaii to visit with my family and celebrate Christmas 2012 and the New Year 2013! Not only did I get to work on my NH 48 4000 footers list, but I got to go on a lot of hikes while in Hawaii and do some pretty cool climbing in New Hampshire as well! It certainly was a busy year for me, I was fortunate to get valuable climbing education and I met a lot of wonderful people along my hiking and climbing journey - mahalo nui loa for making this an unforgettable year for me! Here are a few 2013 events highlighted:

Bringing in 2013 was an unforgettable day! I celebrated the New Year 2013 by hiking with the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club. Every New Year their members hike the Koko Crater - Kohelepelepe (not to be confused with Koko Head). And my cousin and I joined a small group to hike to Haiku Stairs via Moanalua Middle Ridge. When I returned home to the east coast, I took an ice climbing clinic through the Mt. Washington Valley Ice Festival. Hiking in Hawaii to ice climbing in the Whites, it was a wild winter, but sweet! 

One of the things I really wanted was to get some training through AMC’s Rock Climbing Program. Not only did I learn how to set TR (top rope) anchors, but I learned to second a Trad leader and met some pretty awesome folks! I also had the opportunity to take an AMC Self-Rescue course.

The summer was a very busy season for me! I completed my Belknap Ridge hike and applied for a Belknap Ridge Hiker badge.  I participated in my first Seek The Peak 2013, went Waterfall Rappelling for the first time, and in August I spent 3 weeks on Oahu and got in 10 hikes! 

Fall is usually the time I to try to get in as much rock climbing as I can. I attended the Northeast Craggin’ event by the American Alpine Club and learned how to set Multi-pitch anchors.  Rhonda and I took a Technique Class from Mike Thompson at Vertical Dreams and it was this class that got me started on Bouldering. Where I was only climbing once a week, I now climb 3-5 days per week (indoors & outdoors) and designate two days per week just for Bouldering practice. And I finally became a member of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club!

More climbing opportunities opened up for me as the year is coming to an end. Rhonda and I tested and passed the Lead Test for leading indoors at Evolution Rock + Fitness. I became a member of “EVO” as well and started attending their Rockin’ Ladies clinics which are valuable in getting feedback on my climbing technique. And I have all new ice climbing gear which will, no doubt, be put to use on a regular basis. At this writing, I just received an email from AMC stating that I've been accepted into the Boston Ice Climbing Program 2014! Woot!

Looking ahead - 2014!
The year 2014 is going to be a busy one for me - I have several goals. For climbing, I plan to do more ice climbing and have scheduled ice climbing practically every weekend in January and February. I continue to climb indoors and hope to do more outdoor sport climbing and Trad seconding after the winter season. For hiking, I have 20 more 4000+ footer peaks to hike and hope to finish at least half this year. I’m also working on my 52 With A View list and I plan to visit Oahu again getting in as many hikes as I can. I'm looking forward to continuing my climbing and hiking education. And I'm also looking forward to sharing my adventures, experiences and photos with you!

What are your hiking/climbing goals the year 2014?

Cormier Magness (5.6) - Multi pitch Rock Climb

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