Backpacking on the Big Island (Waimanu Valley)
Trip Start Dec 31, 2008
16Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Waimanu Valley Campsite
Next couple of days were spent relaxing (plus recovering) on the beach's camp. Since it's the windward side of Hawaii, swimiming on the Waimanu beach during this time of the year didn't seem like a good idea (surf was pumping)
Tuesday (3/24) was the journey back to civilization. We woke that morning to find the valley's stream be to at it's highest level. The stream was impossible to across just by wading thru the water. A fellow hiker and i strung a large hemp rope that was coiled on the stream's banks. This enabled us and the other hikers to forge the stream and begin the hike back. The hike started with an 1600 ft ascent in the first mile. That was definitely the most grueling portion on the way back. We cruised thru the trail with a time under 6 hours due to our packs being much lighter. A celebration beer was to be had on the front lawn of the local post office.