OHE December 6, 1998 (b)

Date: Sun, 6 Dec 1998 21:09:20 -1000
From: Wing C Ng (wing@lava.net>
Subject: Re: Kawiwi II

> Pat, Wing, and I motored out to Waianae Valley yesterday (12/5/98) to 
> tackle Pu'u Kawiwi (elev. 2,975).  After a two-hour climb, Pat and I 
> summitted.  No ropes or cables were required. 

> Meanwhile, Wing, who's tried to climb this peak umpteenth times 
> without success, came excruciatingly close yesterday but decided to 
> save his date with glory for another time. I'm sure Wing will offer his 
> perspective via a reply to this post. 

Actually, it was a dinner appointment at 6:30.

The ridge is lovely, with steep rock to climb that offers a lot of friction. I was really enjoying myself.

Then come to the final cliff-face. I expected to slab right, go through the forest, and then hit the top.

So I was merrily slabbing away, and the goat-trail does continue, and then I took a look upwards, and saw this lonely ribbon _way_ up there near the ridge top, yelling out "wrong way!!"

So I backtracked, and attempted to gain that ribbon. The footing is hairy and the climb steep. If one falls, there are a few bushes that might arrest you, but if you miss those, it's straight down 2000 feet.

I did make that and got on the top, and then saw another rockface and the necessity to slab left.

It is not quite as steep, but there is loose dirt. I had to carefully pick a route, trying not to destroy precarious footholds.

When I got to the top again, it was 1:30. I figured that I would have to turn around then in order to make the 6:30 dinner.

Turned out that I could not make the dinner. There is some kind of activity going on downtown (parade??), and it took 2 hours, from 5 pm to 7 pm, to drive from Waikele to Kahala!!


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