Kalalau trail, but not to the Kalalau Valley

 | January 5, 2009 6:04 pm

Alas, I did not make it to the Kalalau Valley on my hike. The whole trail is 11 miles with a campground 6 miles in. My plan had been to go the first 6 miles, camp and then hit the rest the next day. The second half includes some pretty crazy cliffs off of a tiny trail. Or so I’m told. I didn’t make it past the 6 mile mark. Those first 6 miles took me 9.5 hours and when it poured rain all night and the next morning I decided I didn’t feel like doing those cliffs. So I turned around and did the first 4 miles back, camped another night and did the last 2 miles the third day. Hitched a ride down to Kaapa and hung out with my cousin for a couple days, (more on that in a future post). Perhaps I chose a rather ambitious trail for my very first backpacking trip. (It’s rated a 9 most places I read). By the time I got to the 2 mile marker I realized that I might be over my head when it was clear that my (I thought) conservative guess of 1 mile per hour needed to be changed to 1 mile per hour and a half.

Oh well, at least I got an idea of what backpacking is like, (even if I did spend only 3 days rather than 6 out there). I don’t think I’ll be doing the Appalachian Trail anytime soon, but I would still like to do some shorter trail (hopefully with more success than the Kalalau trail). In fact, I think I’m going to make it one of my new year’s resolutions to do either a backpacking or bicycling trip sometime this year.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • Sphinn
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Mixx
  • Google Bookmarks
  • MyShare
  • StumbleUpon
  • blogmarks
  • MySpace

3 Responses to “Kalalau trail, but not to the Kalalau Valley”

Daphne wrote a comment on January 7, 2009

That IS very ambitious.

Cat wrote a comment on January 17, 2009

I still want to do the Appalacian Train. It’s on my list!

Jessica wrote a comment on January 20, 2009

Let me know when. I’ll do a section with you.

Or better yet, I’ll stay home and baby-sit Lex while you go tramping through the woods, camping in the snow and wading across freezing rivers. (Not until after he’s pottie-trained though.) We’ll even send you care packages of ramen.

Care to comment?

I'm happy to use Increase Sociability.