OHE January 7, 1999 (Manana)

Date: Thu, 7 Jan 1999 14:29:53 -1000
From: "STONE, J. BRANDON" (802005%cchpd@co.honolulu.hi.us>
Subject: manana/ohe-l

Our post-New Year's campout was up Manana Ridge. Day One involved going about halfway up, setting up, and then descending a spur about 400' to get water, down in the stream on the Waimano side. (I described the route down the spur in an Oct. 7 posting.) I had purchased a 2 1/2 gallon collapsible water bag (weight: only 3 1/2 oz.), sort of like the bag in a box of wine. This proved to work like a charm, holding enough water for the 3-day trip.

Day Two was spent slowly botanizing our way to the summit and then returning to our ridgetop campsite. We were socked in and often rained on all day, so there were no long views, but there was plenty of mystery as we walked along the narrow open ridge near the top.

Day Three was dry, good for packing up and hiking out.

Peering with great difficulty through the mists, it looked like it might be possible to descend one or two of the spurs right at the top down to the Waimano side. There is probably water down there, but that exploration will have to wait for next time.

Ah, life at the top--of the Ko'olaus!


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