OHE November 28, 1999 (Heleakala)

Date: Sun, 28 Nov 1999 18:29:19 -1000
From: Wing C Ng (wing@lava.net>
Subject: Heleakala

Went to Club hike today at the Palace at 8. No leader. About 10 people congregated, mystified, and elected me temporary leader. So I took them to the classical trailhead in the subdivision, crossed the ditch, and proclaimed "My leadership is over, go for it, I'll hang a few ribbons here."

An hour later I met Evelia, who informed me that the Club hike starts at 7, and she came up the short ridge, and is coming down the long ridge, without doing the Saddle etc., "because she is tired from Mauna Loa this past week".

It is beautiful weather for this hike, cool and very windy, and the solar energy is partially blocked by clouds. Since I last did the whole thing in Dec. '96, quite a while ago, I decided to go for it.

As usual I was last to get to the top, and everybody turned back long ago, except for Paka, who sat there, must be, for a very long time. We talked about things, and I invited him to go down the ridge into Nanakuli valley to the south, which look super-doable, and he declined, saying he will go to Keaau to set up ribbons. Then I remarked on the ridges going to the north, how awesome they looked, and "maybe I'll put them on my "Very Difficult Trails" list". We both lamented having missed Kamaohanui and Pohakea, for various reasons.

Return was uneventful, except that my left boot experienced catastrophic failure!! It was "logger" type with Vibram soles, looked indestructible, and looked like it was stitched together. Found out that in at least this specimen, the stitches are fake: the bottom rubber was glued on!!

Managed to get back to car with no mishap.


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