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Mt. Olympus to Konahuanui (GoPro POV)

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Uploaded on Oct 12, 2010

Music:
Steve Jablonsky - My Name is Lincoln
Steve Jablonsky - The Shard
Steve Jablonsky - Scorponok

If you are glutton for punishment, try this 9 to 10 mile hike. It starts at the Wa'ahila Ridge State Recreation Area, climbs up Wa'ahila Ridge to gain the summit of Mt. Olympus. We shoved off the state park at around 6:30am and gained Olympus at around 10:45am.

From Olympus, we began the 1.6 mile traverse along the Ko'olau summit ridge towards Konahuanui K2, the massive peak that is normally shrouded in the clouds. Not today though. The sky was just the right mixture of blue and white with most of the clouds hanging high over the Ko'olau, but never socking any pu'u and the trade winds were light, but refreshing, making summit walking conditions pristine. After 2 or 3 pu'u from Olympus, we come upon a section dubbed "Ironwood Ridge" and "Sedan Boulder". It consists of two dike formations with a small pu'u nudged in between. On the climb up to this pu'u is a sedan sized boulder with a rope on the leeward facing side, but it is vertical. We tackled it by going up on it's windward side, despite being right on the edge of the massive pali leading down to Maunawili Valley. We secured a cable on this side of the boulder to add some sense of security. We also placed another cable on the othe side of the small pu'u leading down to "Ironwood Ridge" with a grove of Ironwood trees that the trail makes a beeline for and through it, which harbors another small climb with the aid of a green cable. After this section, the rest of the hike involves a relentless march through numerous pu'u before finally gaining the K2 summit. I have to note that the last 2 or 3 pu'u before the final climb to K2 is extremely steep and if time wasn't against us, we would have laid down more rope on these pu'u, but maybe next time.

We reached K2 by 5pm and with darkness fast approaching, we triple timed it down Konahuanui and reached Pauoa Flats. With flashlights in hand, we carefully navigated through the rooty trail of Pauoa Flats trail and turned right on the 3rd junction to Kalawahine Trail and we were finished by around 7pm, just as the last traces of light diminished.

Thankful to make it out in time, we did our usual post hike "recharge", heading over to the nearest 7-eleven and gulping down their biggest gulp faster than you can say "double gulp"!

A fantastic day in our beloved mountains.

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