When I started this blog, I had intentions of also doing some Hawaii posts, in the event some non-local readers wanted to see what life in the islands is all about. I haven’t been very good about it, for which I apologize. I’ll try to do better, starting now. This post is about a hike I did a while ago with my friend Tiff (aka TiFunk). I won’t name the hike, only because it is a little sketchy in some parts and I don’t want to be responsible for anyone falling off a cliff (and trust me, these cliffs are steep). Let’s just say this hike is somewhere along the Ko’olau mountain range, which is like the spine that runs down the middle of the island of O’ahu. It’s a short trail that leads to this little lookout (that just so happened to be clouded over on the day we visited).
The Ko’olau Summit Trail, more commonly known as “KST” is pretty long and very sketchy in a lot of parts. It’s so long, in fact, that only one person (at least in recent history) has ever done the entire summit from start to finish, and it took him 8 days.
This section of the trail that we were on probably represents the more easy sections of KST, and it was more than enough to let me know that I don’t really want any part of the rest of it. It wasn’t even that dangerous, relatively speaking, but it was windy and high enough for me. Here’s Tiff, looking over the edge of a 300+ foot cliff.
The day that we went it was pretty shrouded in clouds, which is pretty typical for most mountain regions in Hawaii.
This was my sketchy little tripod set up for the day. I basically had my Lumix propped up on my portable tripod.
So basically I would set my tripod up on the ridge like this, hope and pray that the wind wouldn’t send it careening down the face of the mountain, set the timer on 10 seconds, then scramble my way down this ridge …
So that we could take photos like this.
We also spent a lot of time hanging over the edges. Because hey, why not live life on the edge. (Sorry mom!)
She’s a little bit crazier than I am, this one.
And then the rain started to come, so we started the scramble back down. As much as I don’t recommend this hike if you’re: 1) Afraid of heights; or 2) Not so agile on your feet, I reallllly don’t recommend it in the rain, for anyone. It’s slippery as heck in the rain, and one wrong move could send you hurtling in the wrong direction.
Oh, this is called the curse. It’s an invasive species plant that you’ll find on all Hawaii trails, and I always take a picture of it on every hike and give a shout out to my boy Baby Kekz, my clip-and-drip partner.
Okay maybe just oneee more.