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12:59:19 AM
ahh sand, sun, waves and cliffs. Cliffs??? Yep, it took a little time to discover but a little decent rock can be found around the volcanic hills of Hawaii. I must admit but us Victorians are just a little spoilt when climbing amounts to one small basalt cliff line and guide that fits on a single piece of paper.. With a walk in that reminds me strongly of the Jawbones, just add a little more heat and a bucket load of humidity. Mokuleia Wall offers some 30 or so sport routes from about 5.8 onwards. Most climbs are about 20metres high. Local climbers have gone to great pains to ensure that Mokuleia is respected by all. Carpets can be found in a big box to help protect ropes from the fine red dirt. Most routes are equiped with thin rope so you can drag your rope through if your inclined to top rope. The cliff line offers fine views of the ocean and local airfield, gliders occasionally glide over and parachutists land in the distant. did I tell you it was damn hot.....all the time, year round!!!!

As I had my gear withme (planning to climb alsewhere - stay tuned) what the heck, climb Hawaii, why not. I loitered by the side of the road and hoped some other climbers would turn up, not really wanting to walk up and find no one there. Within minutes another car pulled up with said occupants staring up at the cliff line, what luck. I asked if I could team up and they where more than obliging. I neally died on that walk up it, it's less than a km but bloody steep. Then I climbed, well I tried to, I was pretty bad. I badly led Pig Tree (5.8), dogged the crap out of Fusion (5.10d) on top rope. Attempted to lead Beat the Burn (5.9) but couldn't work out the funky crux, ended up top roping after been shown the moves. My feet tended to skate all over the place, no Araps like friction here. Overall I had a great morning, the company was fantastic. Scott and Will showed some genuine US hospitality. The rock itself was interesting and all the routes well protected. Hang on, I'm in Hawaii, time to hit the surf...................


12:44:12 PM
Sounds like you had a good time.
Although I did not 'climb' while there I stayed at the Mokuleia 'beach colony' (crashed on the floor as a rent share); went gliding; 'bushwalked (climbed) to top of Mt Kaena (sp?) ie the one with the Radar Balls on top of it, via its steep back door; and oh yeah (nearly forgot), surfed as well!
You have bought back fond memories of my 3 month sojourn there.

How did the surfing go?

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