Reverse Olomana

by kenji SAITO on August 9, 2020

Hiking Reverse Olomana

Having done Olomana many times warmed over, I decided to just do the most challenging section with Katie today and skip the front part. Thanks to Lilyn for dropping us off deep in Waimanalo country. Photo by Katie Bingham.

Trailhead

Trailhead

Starting on the foothill hike that was carved out by Dick Davis and goes all the way to the Pali Lookout. We were doing the abbreviated version today.

Maunawili Ditch Trail

Maunawili Ditch Trail

Turning a right at the junction.

Maunawili Ditch Trail

Maunawili Ditch Trail

Katie poking for Groot.

Maunawili Ditch Trail

Maunawili Ditch Trail

Climbing out of the trail to gain the ridge line.

Aniani Nui Ridge Trail

Aniani Nui Ridge Trail

Katie pulling herself up on one of the steeper parts of the trail.

Aniani Nui Ridge Trail

Aniani Nui Ridge Trail

Mother Nature wasn’t looking too inviting, but Katie wanted to crash the party. So off we went.

Aniani Nui Ridge Trail

Aniani Nui Ridge Trail

If a hiker falls in a forest and no one is around to see it, did it happen? Photographic proof by Katie Bingham.

Aniani Nui Ridge Trail

Aniani Nui Ridge Trail

Pulling ourselves to the base of the peak.

Ahiki

Ahiki

Katie bouncing on the elastic rope as she makes her way up the first climb.

Ahiki

Ahiki

Pulling myself up and getting temporarily stuck under the branch. Photo by Katie Bingham.

Ahiki

Ahiki

Katie trying her best not to get stuck as well.

Ahiki

Ahiki

Cliffs in the camera are steeper than they appear. Photo by Katie Bingham

Ahiki

Ahiki

Katie scrambling her way to the top of the rock pile.

Ahiki

Ahiki

Climbing up the steepest section. Photo by Katie Bingham.

Ahiki

Ahiki

Looking for that hand hold.

Ahiki

Ahiki

Taking in the cloudy views. Photo by Katie Bingham.

Ahiki

Ahiki

Contouring and climbing between the rocks.

Ahiki

Ahiki

Taking in the clear views of Waimanalo.

Ahiki

Ahiki

Stretching before the hike. Oh wait. A day late and a dollar short. Photo by Katie Bingham.

Ahiki Summit

Ahiki Summit

Group pic on the summit that was named after Chief Olomana’s favorite headman.

Olomana

Olomana

Traversing between the divided hill with the peaks of Paku’i and Olomana directly ahead of us.

Olomana

Olomana

Climbing down from the third peak. Photo by Katie Bingham.

Keyhole

Keyhole

Somebody was blocking the hole.

Keyhole

Keyhole

Bottom views.

Keyhole

Keyhole

Top views.

Olomana

Olomana

Going back to the third peak.

Ahiki

Ahiki

Katie coming down one wobbly step at a time.

Ahiki

Ahiki

Shaka for Sunday. Photo by Katie Bingham.

Ahiki

Ahiki

Katie stepping her way down.

Ahiki

Ahiki

Who’s going to retrieve the webbing?

Ahiki

Ahiki

Trying not to get stuck on the way down. Photo by Katie Bingham.

Ahiki

Ahiki

Katie making her way down the last climb of the day.

Aniani Nui Ridge

Aniani Nui Ridge

Following the barbed wire fence on our way out.

Aniani Nui Ridge

Aniani Nui Ridge

We came from there.

All pau

All pau

We ended our short and sweet hike right back where we started from. Thanks to Lilyn and Quan for picking us up. Post hike meal at Pampanga, can’t get enough of their Chicken Papaya. We also saw one of Jerry’s kids and witnessed a fleeing shoplifter who left part of their stolen loot on the sidewalk.

Note: I have been made aware that some hikers have been using my blog as a hiking guide and getting lost on the trails. Please note that this blog was made to document the hike for the crew(s) that did it. That is why some of my comments will seem to have no relevance or meaning to anybody outside of the crew(s) that hiked that trail. My blog was never meant as a hiking guide, so please do not treat it as such. If you find inspiration and entertainment from these hikes, that is more than enough. If you plan on replicating these hikes, do so in the knowledge that you should do your own research accordingly as trail conditions, access, legalities and so forth are constantly in flux. What was current today is most likely yesterdays news. Please be prepared to accept any risks and responsibilities on your own as you should know your own limitations, experience and abilities before you even set foot on a trail, as even the “simplest” or “easiest” of trails can present potential pitfalls for even the most “experienced” hikers.

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