OHE May 23, 1998 (HOAH)

Date: Sat, 23 May 1998 22:09:25 -1000
From: "Dayle K. Turner" (turner@hawaii.edu>
Subject: Hike-of-all-hikes (HOAH)--Day 1 report

At 8:15 this morning, Gene Robinson and Pat Rorie began the long haul across the Koolau summit crest by setting out up the Laie trail.

Both topped out on Laie a few minutes before 11 and after a 15-minute break, they headed south on the KST, bound for Poamoho, their first-day campsite.

The weather was super on the ascent of Laie--high overcast, brisk trades, and a cloudfree summit crest. And Pat and Gene were in good spirits and in fine form when they made their way along the KST. From a vantage point at the foxhole at the summit of Laie, I watched them wind their way along the low foothills that make up the Koolau summit in that area. In 15 minutes, they had disappered behind a pu'u. A few minutes later, ominous clouds began sweeping upslope from the ocean off the Laie coast. Hopefully, Pat and Gene were spared from the rain and whiteout conditions that would make their first leg more difficult.

At just past 8 tonight, I received a message that the duo had reached Poamoho safely. I wasn't home when the call arrived so I don't have any details about how the first-day leg went. But the main thing is that Pat and Gene safely negotiated the 12.5-mile first leg. Stuart Ball calls the 6.5-mile stretch from Laie to Poamoho, the "roughest" in his book, *The Backpackers Guide to Hawaii*.

Tomorrow, they'll depart Poamoho bound for the summit of the Kipapa trail. They have a tentative lunch date with Pete Caldwell, Don Fox, and Torrey Goodman (if she can make it) at the summit of Pu'u Kaaumakua, the distinct peak that sits atop the high point of the Waikane trail. Tomorrow's leg isn't overly long (approximately 6 miles) but it includes a nasty, overgrown stretch between Waikane and Kipapa as well as a magnificent 2-mile segment on the windward-facing side of the KST between Poamoho and Schofield. Hopefully, they'll have clear conditions.

I plan to talk with Pat and/or Gene via cell phone tomorrow evening and will report their progress if contact is made.

Wishing them well,


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