OHE January 5, 1999 (Pakui backside)

Date:	Tue, 5 Jan 1999 17:04:00 -1000
From:	"Beaton, Dick" (dbeaton@aighawaii.com>

Inspired by Paka's write up back in November, John McCarron, John's friend Mike and I set out to achieve the Olomana Traverse this past Sunday morning. We actually had planned to do it the same day of the HTMC Olomana hike but do to a bout with the flu, I had to postpone it for a week. In retrospect, I should have waited another couple of weeks or at least until I felt stronger (whew! what a climb).

In any event, Paka's write up spells out what to expect as one ascends up the backside of the third peak. I would like to reemphasize that there are some real hairy sections where you have to totally rely on the climbing aids available to continue upward. I had problems with an outcrop section where you actually have to go beyond vertical to get up and over. There is a cable there but I couldn't manage to find the any foot holds to get the leverage I needed to maneuver up and over.

No way did I want to go back down either, those gnarly sections I just came up have got be much more difficult going down. At this point, Mike, who was just ahead of me, anchored a rope around a boulder and with the additional aid (cable in one hand and rope in the other) I was able my muscle my way up. Believe me, this hike has some real serious climbing and is undoubtedly the most treacherous one I've ever been on. To put things into perspective, after I finally reached the summit of the third peak (2 hours 20 minutes), the rest of the traverse seemed like a piece of cake.

Anybody wanting some real excitement, give it a try.

--Dick


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