Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Stairway to Heaven

A couple of weeks ago, Ryan Tolley, a mate of mine from my mission (Brett Tolley's brother), his sister Alissa and I woke up at 4am and hiked the illegal Stairway to Heaven (Haiku Stairs)... 3,922 steps up the Koolau Pali to the 2800-foot summit of Puu Keahiakahoe overlooking Haiku Valley. It was unreal. We had a little trouble finding the trail head in the dark, but eventually found it and started our gruelling climb.

We all felt sick by the time we had our first break, so we slowed the pace a little. As we climbed into the clouds, it got windy in fact, that they rain was falling UP. It was the weirdest thing I've seen. It was hard going, but well worth it (even though we couldn't see anything from the top cos we were in the clouds). Coming down was a little hair-raising too -- Ryan and I even resorted to sitting down and sliding from step to step at one point, for fear of dying!!! :)


Jake said...

wish I could have been there. I did it a few years ago before it was illegal. Not as much fun.