Views from the Pu’u Hapapa hiking trail on Schofield Barracks, Oahu.
We did a super fun hike on the west side of Oahu last weekend. It was one of those short and sweet trails that shoots straight up the mountain. Within an hour and a half you can be at the top of a Waianae Range ridge with stunning views of Waianae, central Oahu, North Shore and even Waikiki. More info on this trail to come soon.
I’ve got a mild finger injury at the moment but I cruised out to the gym the other day for a climbing session with Daniel Dae Kim and some friends. I’ve known DDK since back in the day when I used to live in San Diego. You might know him from two very important shows to us folks in Hawaii: Lost and Hawaii Five-0.
I love seeing Hawaii on TV shows or movies. You get to try to figure out where they are filming and it’s cool to see them turn a town or building into something completely different. And the exposure for Hawaii is good for us all.
Dude is strong.
Sweaty men need not stand too close to each other. Even for photo ops.
Speed flying Makapu’u, Kaena Point and Kalalau. (HD is available in the video.)
I like love hiking up on narrow ridges. You get a birds eye view of the island and feel completely free. On the super narrow parts, you get a nice adrenaline rush. But, these guys take things to another level. You can call it “ground jumping” or “speed flying” and it’s beautiful.
The folks in the video are local Hawaii skydivers. One of the skydivers in it is a friend of Troy. (Troy used to pilot a skydiving plane.) This is extreme stuff but these guys are highly experienced and professionals. The first half of the video shows them speed flying at Makapu’u and Kaena Point. The second part, around the 5:20 mark, shows them launching off the Kalalau Trail (Na Pali Coast, Kauai). The views are absolutely incredible. My palms got sweaty just watching this.
(And, here’s a hint, make sure you watch the video to the very end. There’s more awesomeness there.)
There be boulders in the rainforests around town. Big ones and small ones. Local climbers are putting up new problems almost every weekend it seems. You’ll find the best town-side bouldering here but you better be experienced or be with some experienced climbers. The landings are very sketchy so you’ll need a bunch of pads.
This post is just an introduction to this bouldering spot. I checked this place out for the first time a few weeks ago with Nick, Nick, Justin, Dennis and Freddie. It was good to see the rock but the weather wasn’t on our side. It kept raining on and off and after a couple hours, the rock was too wet to climb.
The location of this place is not a secret but I don’t want to post it up on the blog just yet. If you’re interested in checking it out, just ask around at the rock gym and someone should be able to give you the scoop.
Last weekend, we explored the steep cliffs of Oahu’s coastline. To be respectful to the fishermen that frequent this area, I cannot explicitly say where this. But, I’m sure a lot of you can already tell where we are.
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