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Jagger Valley

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Spending the day in a Hawaii forest is a wonderful escape.

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Even if you get stabbed by these every once in a while.

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On this day we’re at another spot rock climbers in Hawaii have been bouldering. There are free standing boulders all over the place in this valley.

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Many first ascents were had on this day.

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This Hawaii bouldering spot is called Jagger Valley.

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We hiked up to the valley a few weeks ago to check it out.

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When I arrived a bunch of the guys were already climbing.

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Crash pads were layered under the boulder.

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Men held hands.

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It was overcast and rain sprinkled on us throughout the day.

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The guys were projecting a difficult boulder problem.

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The route starts low and traverses the bottom park of the rock.

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The holds are tiny and slopey.

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There were many falls trying to make this reach.

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Notice how small the left and right hand holds are.

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Once you get your feet over to the other side, you’ll have to figure out a way to climb up the arete.

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It is not easy. No one completed the problem on this day.

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After many attempts, it was time to take a break and move on.

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We also worked on a route that started low and went straight up the face of the boulder.

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The start is easy, but the lip of the boulder had very tough slopey holds.

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Up above the lip there’s a small rail you can grip on to.

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It’s much more difficult than it looks and careful spotting is required.

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The route is completed by topping out.

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After we had grown tired of the first boulder we walked up the valley to look for more.

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This river rock seems to get plenty of water.

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Then there was this boulder.

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This side of the rock is probably more for keiki.

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Dogs ran through the forest.

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Endless energy in this one.

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We inspected another boulder with potential for some good climbing.

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The guys brushed off moss to reveal potential climbing holds.

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Matt climbed to the top to have a look at the view.

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At the top, he gazed about in wonderment.

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Phil got to the hard to reach places.

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It took some teamwork.

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With everyone pitching in the boulder was clean in no time.

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Justin stretched out.

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This problem starts low on the rock and goes up the arete.

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The hill slopes down sharply so a fall here could send you tumbling down the hill.

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As they climbed, the guys struggled to figure out which cracks and bumps in the rock could be used as holds.

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One by one they figured it out.

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And eventually the problem was completed.

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There was another problem on the other side of the boulder.

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This one takes you up the face of this boulder. While it’s not that tall, the problem is difficult. A fall here would put you on a pile of sharp smaller boulders.

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Jagger Valley is tucked away in a remote part of the island.

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The forest is lush.

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And it’s full of life. Watch where you sit though. I almost sat on this sleeping lizard.

To learn more about bouldering in Hawaii, talk to the folks at Volcanic Rock Gym.

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This story was last modified on March 25, 2013. (Originally published in March 2013.)

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