On Friday July 22, Brenda and I hiked the Olomana trail. We successfully reached the second peak, from which Brenda filmed me as I proceeded down the saddle and further to the 3rd and most dangerous peak (dubbed Oahu's "Matterhorn" and officially named Ahiki). The footage speaks for itself. I would classify the section from 2nd - 3rd peak as technical and more of a scramble, with sheer drops on both sides and crumbly rock to negotiate with and without ropes ... and one mistep would seal one's fate in some spots. Someone just this past Easter fell to his death. A good summary of hiking Olomana in Section 5 at examiner.com/article/oahu-s-gnarliest-trails.
My only mistake was not carrying a supply of water with me as I left the weight of my napsack and camelpack behind to go from the 2nd to the 3rd peak and back ... I was dehydrating quicky during the hour and a half, stopping frequently.
Bravo to my wife Brenda for making it to the second peak !
Footage taken with the GoPro Hero HD head-mounted cam. Scenes sped up to show more footage.
Edited with iMovie (approx. 9 min).
Music from "Sacred Dub" podcast.
If you're a non-resident / first time visitor or novice hiker, start with the easy - intermediate (maintained) trails and graduate yourself on subsequent visits. Do yourself a favour and purchase Stewart Ball's "Hiker's Guide to Oahu" ... it's your best and most valuable resource. Do your homework and study topo maps, weather forecasts / radar / sunset times. There are numerous blogs and media posted frequently by local experienced Oahu hikers (these folks are super-friendly and will give you directions and advice). Wear proper gear and don't forget lot's of water and a fully charged cell. If hiking alone or with others, tell someone where you're hiking and keep in touch. Above all there's no shame in turning back if you don't like what you see ... better to stay alive and continue on a subsequent visit. You are solely responsible for your own safety and the risks you take . Hikers, including locals have gotten lost, suffered serious injury and even died while hiking these trails, so be careful. Mind your insurance coverage limitations as well.
Last but not least ... RESPECT THE LAND! Stay on the trails, don't litter (in fact if you come across any and are able ... take it out with you). Do not unneccessarily disturb the flora, understand and respect historical / cultural ethics, wash, brush or bag your boots upon completion of the hike, and do not intentionally tumble any loose rocks / boulders from ridges as there may be hikers / hunters on trails below or houses that you are unaware of. Be a SAFE, CONSIDERATE and RESPONSIBLE hiker. Enjoy and bask in the privilege of being able to hike some of the most beautiful and unique trails in the world ... you'll be rewarded ... and get addicted ;-)