OHE March 19, 2000 (Wailupe East Ridge)



Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2000 18:16:37 -1000
From: Wing C Ng (wing@lava.net)
Subject: Reached the Wailupe East Ridge

I used to live in Aina Haina, and was fascinated by that easternmost of the three middle ridges, and frustrated by the watertank there blocking access.

About a year ago I tried to reach the ridge by going through an empty lot, but I wasn't thinking: to reach to ridgeline fast, I should bear right as much as possible. Instead I was going up straight, and so it was a longer line as the ridge gets higher towards the left, and I was stopped by a band of vertical rock.

Since I slept too late to go to the Club hike, I thought it would be good to finish this old business. I drove to Aina Haina and parked a block away, to distract attention, and walked up to the empty lot. There is now a for sale sign, but the lot has been empty for 20 years, if not forever since the beginning of time, and this is the abject bottom of the market .... Still it's possible that next time I go, there will be construction going on; so much more for urgency.

Without further ado, I went in the opening I made last year. My old ribbons are still there, but at the first opportunity, I veered off to the right instead of going up. So if you want to check this out, there will be a place where an old ribbon points left, and a new ribbon points right. Follow the new ribbon, right fork.

The going was good, not vertical rock, but there was a lot of clearing to do. After 2.5 hours, I finally reached the ridgeline at the bottom of a rock. I looked up and there is a white sheet fluttering in the wind not too far up the ridge, and I decided to go there and have lunch.

Total time 3 hours to the white flag. I placed a triumphant red ribbon on the same brush. I can see another ridge branching off to the left as I look down, into Kuilui valley. Stuart Ball proposed going into Kuilui valley and picking up this ridge. The ridge looks very gentle at the top but steepens at the bottom. No idea what the bottom is like, and I decide not to chance it, but rather, just return the same way.

Return was uneventful and took 1h 10m, still doing clearing.

People probably access this ridge by climbing over the fence at the watertank: most direct route. Or perhaps they went into Kuilui valley and picked up that side ridge. The latter route is perfectly legal, and this can be made into some future club hike. The ridge is something like twice as long as the middle middle Wailupe ridge that the Club has done several times.

Wing


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