OHE January 25, 1998

Date: Sun, 25 Jan 1998 18:09:23 -1000
From: Wing C Ng (wing@lava.net>
Subject: Kuliouou-Ahi again

I am obsessed with that dirt-wall that humiliated me in front of the women on Ahi one month ago, and so I try take revenge by bringing a rope to hang on that dirt-face.

Went up Kuliouou "middle ridge" side. It's a warm day, and took a long time to get up. I notice that the cable at the big rockface is frayed with wires showing already. Hope it won't just fail .... :( in the near future.

Got to the top and had lunch. Ribbon that I placed at the top 7 months ago during a successful traverse is still there. I placed another new one, one of those characteristic Xmas ribbons.

Traverse was uneventful. Got to the top of the rockface, and found a small grove of trees. I chose a very sturdy strawberry guava and tied my cheap rope to it.

Embarrassment again!!! The rope looked thick and sturdy at home, but when in the wild, it looks utterly flimsy. Moreover, it stretches like an elastic rubber band!!!

Dayle! Where did you get that thick yellow rope you have? Got to get some. This is embarrassing.

It is not even long enough. Well, it just stretches to the ledge that humiliated me last time. I did use it to go down the ledge and I didn't fall off. But I thought it would stretch all the way to the bottom of the dirt-face, and it did NOT!!!

Oh well, some other day!!

Got to the Ahi summit and wrote comments in the bottle. The paper is almost used up. Lots of people go up there and write comments there.


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