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2014: A Year Review

I cannot believe how quickly 2014 has come and gone, but it has been another fantastic year! I still climb 3-5 days per week and have taken to actually enjoying practicing indoor climbing. Where I once abhorred color-coded plastic holds, I’ve come to appreciate their challenges with the simple thought of, “well, all that would be on if I were outdoors!”  :P Anyways, the start of 2014 couldn’t come soon enough. I had received all brand-spanking new ice climbing gear for Christmas (2013) from my wonderful husband. Although he isn’t a climber and has absolutely no idea about buying climbing gear, he came through with gear I could call my very own. No more borrowing, renting or using ill-fitting second-hand gear. It’s new shit from here on out!  Winter And all that new ice climbing gear couldn’t come at a better time. I signed up for the AMC Boston Ice Climbing Program. I learned a lot - networking and gaining new climbing skills. I got to rappel down ice for the first time.

Hau'ula-Papali Loop - Hiking

Hau'ula-Papali Loop - Hiking Distance: 7 miles Elevation Gain: 700 ft (Hau'ula), 800 ft (Papali) Difficulty: Easy Danger: Low Solemates Hawaii Hikers If bad luck comes in three's, then today was a day for it! I arrived late to the meeting place, I dropped my 2nd (and last) litre of Gatorade down a steep gulch, and I lost my iPhone (with its Mophie external battery).  First of all, I should've followed Stewart Ball's driving directions. Coming from Pearl City over H3, I should've taken the exit for the Kaheliki Hwy instead of following directions from Kaneohe along the Kamehameha Hwy. It probably would've saved me 10-15 minutes if I had taken Kaheliki Hwy to begin with and bypassed Kaneohe all together! :-/ Secondly, I should know better than to stand near the edge of a steep gulch and take in a drink from a container that isn't anchored to me!  And lastly, I should've brought my Mophie Beltclip with me on this trip. I usually snap my iPh

Aiea Loop - Hiking

Aiea Loop - Hiking Distance: Approx 5 miles roundtrip Duration: 2.5 hours Difficulty: Easy Danger: Low Out hiking with my cousins again, this time on the wicked easy Aiea Loop! This trail is located at the Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area at the end of Aiea Heights. It's a short hike with wide, rooty trails. The trail is mostly shady and winds through the foothills of the Ko'olau Range. For the most part, it was sunny but in the middle of our hike it started to rain. But that was brief and the sun came back out by the time we completed our hike. The loop hike starts at the upper parking lot and ends at the campground at the middle parking lot. We spotted two cars so we didn't have to walk back up to the upper parking lot. Enjoy some photos of our hike! At the trailhead Wide, rooty trails H3 from one of many outlooks on the trail Beautiful blooming i'e i'e View of Halawa Valley  You can see the back of Tripler Army Me

Mount Olympus - Hiking

Mount Olympus (Pu'u Awawaloa)  Elevation: 2,486 ft Elevation Gain: 1,562 ft Trail: Wa'ahila Ridge trail Distance: 6 miles roundtrip Duration: 5 hours Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Danger: Low to Medium (loose dirt, ridge near summit, some high winds) Up and down, up and down - my cousin Darrell and I bagged another peak! Mt. Olympus, with its broad summit, stands in the back of Manoa Valley. Renamed by Punahou students because of its commanding presence, it went by Awawaloa (long valley) by the early Hawaiians. We parked at the Wa'ahila Ridge Trail Recreation Area at the top of St. Louis and our hike was uphill from the get-go. The lower Wa'ahila Ridge Trail was hot and muggy. With the upper trail breezy and cool. We passed 40 other hikers including 4 hunters and about 8 dogs on this hike. And we got alot of inquiries about our Hillsounds Trail Spikes. Enjoy some photos taken of our hike! At the trailhead First utility pole At the Kolowalu Trail