Adventure travel

Hiking Mt. Olomana (re-edited / improved).

On Friday July 22, 2011 my wife Brenda and I hiked the three peaks of Mt. Olomana on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

After having both hiked to the second peak, Brenda filmed me as I proceeded down the saddle and further to the third and most dangerous peak (dubbed Oahu's "Matterhorn" and officially named "Ahiki"). The footage speaks for itself. I would classify this section as technical and more of a scramble, with sheer drops on both sides and crumbly rock to negotiate (with or without ropes). One misstep would seal one's fate in numerous spots. Three hikers have died and more have injured themselves on this trail since 2011.

Our aim with this re-edited version is to document this hike extensively and to show how difficult and dangerous this trail can be if not prepared, experienced, focused or when attempting this in adverse weather. Otherwise, you will be treated to spectacular 360 degree views of the ocean, the adjacent peaks of Olomana, and of the Ko'olau spine.

A good summary of hiking Mt. Olomana in Section 5 at examiner.com/article/oahu-s-gnarliest-trails.

My only mistake was not carrying a supply of water with me from the second to third peak and back … I was dehydrated by the time I reached the third peak.

Bravo to my wife Brenda for making it to the second peak and filming me as I hiked the 3rd peak !

Footage taken with the original GoPro Hero 1 HD head-mounted cam as well as video taken by the Canon T2i DSLR. Edited and uploaded with Final Cut Pro.

Music from Unwond" and "Sacred Dub" podcasts, and the track "Flying Foxes" by Moby.

***DISCLAIMER***
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 ;-)

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