Artsy Climber

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Kalepa Ridge Trail Hike

Kōke'e State Park | November 26th, 2021

Hike | 1.9 miles | 610 ft elevation gain

This was my last hike in Kaua'i with my friend, Lizzy. While the hike itself is short, it isn't for the faint of heart. There are steep exposed sections that require attention and it's fairly easy to slip. We were able to see the Nā Pali Coast and other neighboring valleys in full clarity and enjoy looking at native Hawaiian plants along the way. I would definitely do this hike again!

Kilohana Lookout Hike

Kōke'e State Park | November 26th, 2021

Hike | 8 miles | ~1,400 ft elevation gain

I was able to meet up with some Seattle friends and hike in Kōke'e State Park. We saw incredible views of the Nā Pali Coast and walked through a beautiful bog until we reached the Kilohana Lookout for a relaxing lunch. We saw many native Hawaiian plants along the way and enjoyed incredible views of Hanalei Bay from the lookout. I highly recommend this hike to anyone as the trail is well maintained.

Hihimanu Hike

Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge | November 21st, 2021

Hike | 5.5 miles | 2,398 ft elevation gain

This was my first Kaua'i hike and it was super challenging! We started on the Okolehao trail in the Hanalei National Wildlife refuge. It starts off gradual with a fairly maintained trail but quickly changes as you get closer to the twin summits of Hihimanu. We encountered muddy trails, ropes up steep terrain, narrow ridge lines, and incredible views of Hanalei Bay. Getting down is as challenging as getting up so I highly recommend this hike to only experienced hikers with good footwear and a tolerance for hard terrain.

Climbing in Red Rocks

Red Rocks Canyon | October 16th - October 22nd

The climbs I did on this trip:

  • Day 1 - October 16th

    • Big Bad Wolf - 5.9

    • Physical Graffiti - 5.6

  • Day 2: October 17th

    • Lady Luck - 5.7

  • Day 3: October 18th

    • Rest day

  • Day 4: October 19th

    • Beulah's Book - 5.8

  • Day 5: October 20th

    • Black Magic - 5.8

  • Day 6: October 21st

    • Cookie Monster - 5.7

Ingalls Peak via the East Ridge

Central Cascades | September 6th, 2021

Trad Multi-Pitch | 5.7 | 6 pitches

We were a team of two who successfully climbed the East Ridge route on Ingalls. Erika and I hiked up the night before to meet up with some other folks in our Intermediate Mountaineers SIG. It was pretty rainy and dark so that evening was pretty uneventful. We had a very lazy start the next morning and got to the base of the climb before 11AM. We didn't rope up for the first pitch as most of it was class 3 but getting to the key hole notch involved a low fifth class move so we roped up there. I led the remaining pitches which involved super fun climbing through gendarmes and exposed ridges. We were behind two other parties so we moved somewhat slowly and reached the summit by 3PM. We descended the iconic South Ridge with three rappels and got back home late that evening. Another favorite to add to the books!

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