A Mountaineer Dips a Toe in the Ocean....


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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 20, 2013 - 02:56pm PT
You wanna know something pitiful?

In all the times I've been to Hawaii?

I've never been on or IN the water. Not once.

Oh I had me ankles in the surf don't get me wrong. And I might have taken a quick dip in Waikiki back in the 90s, memories faded somewhat. But seriously in the water? Nope.

Might as well go along with this bloke. He's a chef and he's cooking lunch.

Hey this is pretty dang nice!

Can't help but feel a little Lost here.

The rains came but we dodged them and had sunny skies all day.

Do you know what those things are?

They call it Snuba. Breathing tanks are on a raft, divers on a 20' umbilical cord. Its pretty cool, training wheels diving with 15 minutes instruction.

Put me down with the turtles.

A bunch of them!

Flying along through the water like weird spaceships off the shoulder of Orion.


A real beauty

Cool underwater camera eh?

Wassup Taco?

Making bubbles.

Some of my fellow 'divers.' I kinda chuckle at myself - this is like top roping in the gym I am sure. But still... a blast. And it occurs to me, other than holding one's breath this is probably the oldest form of diving, innit?

Some of us got it better than others :-)

The coral was beautiful

I mean... well a lot of you know way better'n me.

I can sure see the attraction (if you live near warm, clear waters that is)

The dive master

Dude was ok - Jason, I think?

Got us some turtle he did!

Crazy cool

I was swimming with turtles

Over coral reefs

With all the little aquarium fishes swimming about

Other worldly.

I hope we don't kill it all off!

I didn't even bother asking what they were. I wouldn't remember anyway.

I DID NOT expect to be diving in Maui. Not bad for 60 bucks.

Time to go.

Love these catamaran sailboats. Are these deep water, open ocean vessels or must they stick to the islands?

Son of a son of a climber...

Wait... what?

Holy shyte!

I wish I was diving near these bad girls

Pretty cool

But I really didn't know for sure what I was looking at.

Well we gotta go back some time.


Apr 20, 2013 - 03:00pm PT
Worth every pixel.

Trad climber
Apr 20, 2013 - 03:05pm PT
Way cool. Thanks for the underwater journey. You got all Jack Custow down there!

Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 20, 2013 - 03:06pm PT
John M

Apr 20, 2013 - 03:08pm PT
Now thats what I'm talking about. Though you being an adrenaline junkie you got to try some surf.

I miss living by the ocean.

Trad climber
Washington DC
Apr 20, 2013 - 03:08pm PT
Nice. I need a vacation
Big Mike

Trad climber
Apr 20, 2013 - 03:09pm PT
Wow Dingus!! So cool! Thanks!!

Looks like fun!

Trad climber
Hustle City
Apr 20, 2013 - 05:31pm PT
Under water bump!

San Juan Bautista, CA
Apr 20, 2013 - 05:49pm PT

Molokini from Makena Big Beach
someday there too

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Apr 20, 2013 - 07:11pm PT
Good on you for getting wet! Once appropriately indoctrinated you'll find it almost impossible to stay on land any where there is coral about.

And it's amazing that thirty five years later someone like you can hit the water and even see a Humpback first time let alone be in that proximity to one. Back in the late 70's there was only a fraction of the population there is today. I did a stint with UoRI doing Cetacean research there and on getting the protections of National Marine Sanctuary in place which required going head-to-head with Boeing (big hydrofoil ferries) and the fisherman's union to the point of multiple death threats. It was all so worth it to be able to hear stories like this decades later and to see the population so rebounded.

Hopefully you'll have many happy returns over the years to come...


Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
Apr 20, 2013 - 09:35pm PT
Brings back memories from my 12 years of working underwater here in the islands. I spent my morning paddling around the west side, you just can't get angry when in, on, or under the big blue pacific.

From the beach cats I've seen, I would stay close to land. Occasionally the wife and I enjoy one of these. http://www.moorings.com/charter-fleet/moorings-3900-catamaran-4-cabins

Have fun,

Edit: that didn't come out right, what I mean is, underwater is so peaceful, it's like your heart rate slows, blood pressure drops and even just by seeing those u/w pics, it's just relaxing, calming. Ocean good.

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Apr 20, 2013 - 09:48pm PT
Nice essay DMT.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 20, 2013 - 11:49pm PT
Thanks all. Its been a lovely trip, all expenses paid by my employer ;-) Not working, either.

Off to the Gala! Happy 420 to yall....

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 20, 2013 - 11:50pm PT

Cheers Will


Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
Apr 20, 2013 - 11:56pm PT
do you just urinate in your suit?
Captain...or Skully

Apr 21, 2013 - 12:30am PT
I like the High peaks on The Big Island and not much else.
Meh. Hawaii. Japs will buy it.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Apr 21, 2013 - 07:12am PT
Just got back from Hawaii myself, spent 3 weeks there.

Spent the first 2 weeks solo diving off the Kohala coast of the Big Island, then the last week I went caving.

The whale migration was in full swing off the Kona coast, all day long you could listen to whale songs. I liked to swim off the edge and go real deep. And then, lying on my back in the sand, totally stoned on nitrogen, I'd lay there in the deeps and listen to whale songs until my air started to get low.

The night Manta Ray dive off Kona is not to be missed.

(^^^This is not my video, but is shows what the night Manta Ray dive is like)

Caving in Hawaii
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Apr 21, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
That was just what the doctor ordered. Brought back good memories.

Makena is a very cool beach. Spent a bit of time there on holiday.

Time in the water is good too, lots of cool stuff just beneath the surface.


Social climber
Apr 21, 2013 - 12:19pm PT

Social climber
Apr 21, 2013 - 12:27pm PT
Green with envy. Mostly c'os I know the water there is WARM !!!!
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