Climbing in Kauai??????

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H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 10, 2015 - 08:33pm PT
Mitch, my climbing buddy, has put up a couple routes on basalt behind his house on the Wiamea river. I was checking out his handy work when I noticed a bolted route to the right of his work. It turns out he was unaware of it and was the work of someone else.

We asked an old timer who said there was someone at the end of the 80's early 90's who was back there. I'll get some pics later.

We were wondering if anyone out there knows about this route and if there is more in the vicinity. Its just past the end of the asphalt and across the river in Wiamea.

We also rappelled down into a subsidiary of Wiamea about two canyons over from Waipo o falls. Down stream and several raps later we found a pin and some old tat, someone had placed to continue down stream. This section of the canyon ends in a fall of at least 400 feet! We were not prepared to go farther but it was breathtaking to behold.

Anyone out there been playing around out here? I can't imagine there is many who have done this and can't think of a better place to ask the question. Guido, Bodawg I know you've spent time here, any ideas??????
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Jun 10, 2015 - 08:57pm PT
I ran into some bolted limestone by Poipu. I was not expecting limestone, nor bolts, nor the cave we checked out, but sure enough it was there. The bolts looked like mid 90's and totally rusted crappy danger.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 10, 2015 - 09:41pm PT
I'm no geologist but I don't see how there could be limestone anywhere in Hawaii.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jun 10, 2015 - 09:42pm PT
The Hawaiin islands are OLD most of em..seen quite a few ups and downs of sea levels.

NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Jun 10, 2015 - 10:40pm PT
Climbski, where is that? Pretty rad looking.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jun 10, 2015 - 10:52pm PT
Po'ipu, Kaua'i
H

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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2015 - 12:34am PT
Yep, those bolted climbs are pretty cool at Poipu. When we were climbing the a docent for the cave right next to them opened the gate and let us in. Apparently it is an old site one of the oldest for the inhabitants of Kauai.

I think there is climbing at glass beach too. Tom, I climbed there five years ago and it was not that bad.
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Jun 11, 2015 - 08:04am PT
Yeah Reilly, I was surprised too.

http://www.cavereserve.org/resources.php

It's pretty neat.

Also- I will check out Glass Beach. I'll be there again in July.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jun 11, 2015 - 08:13am PT
Jay Smith put an 11c up on Kauai a few years ago.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Jun 11, 2015 - 09:14am PT
I'll be in Poipu next week, should I bring my shoes and chalk bag, any bouldering?
H

Mountain climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2015 - 09:26am PT
Thanks Jim, That could be it. It was beyond our first attempt and only got up three bolts before lowering off. I'll get a picture of it.

Still curious about the descent too.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jun 11, 2015 - 09:54am PT
H, my time in the islands has been on boats, need any tips on anchorages, wind, life?

Roots

Mountain climber
Tustin, CA
Jun 11, 2015 - 12:20pm PT
Whoa glad to hear there's some climbing on that island, but darn it as we were just there in March...and did not know of these routes. We brought our shoes for the bouldering that was referenced on MP, but the one day went it was high tide and the waves were big, so it was all underwater.

Brock Wagstaff

Trad climber
Larkspur
Jun 11, 2015 - 03:15pm PT
Found some pretty good bouldering on the Poipu side of the Island at a place called "Glass Beach". It's near the town of Port Allen, which by the way also has a great brew pub. Glass Beach was an old dump site from back in the 50's and lots of interesting relics of that period are lying about. Wish I'd brought along my shoes and chalk bag, but made due with Teva's.
Glass Beach
Glass Beach
Credit: Brock Wagstaff
wstmrnclmr

Trad climber
Bolinas, CA
Jun 11, 2015 - 09:55pm PT
Hey Harrison,
We'll be Kekaha in Sept. Maybe you can PM me with Mitch's info and we can give the climb a go.

T
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 11, 2015 - 10:14pm PT
So when is one of the ST rockheads gonna enlighten us as to the limestone etiology?
BJ

climber
Jun 11, 2015 - 10:21pm PT
The limestone resources of Hawaii are derived chiefly from emerged fringing coral reef and coastal dune deposits of Pleistocene age. These deposits are most abundant on the island of Oahu and other older islands and least abundant on the island of Hawaii, the youngest. Their origin and depositional environment were influenced by glacio-eustatic rising and falling of sea levels during Pleistocene time. Dredged reef limestone deposits from two deep-water harbor projects have provided additional resources. Limestone uses include cement and lime manufac¬turing, concrete sand and aggregate, road base material, beach sand replenishment, agricultural lime, and golf course construction.

http://www.onemine.org/search/summary.cfm/Limestone-Resources-of-Hawaii?d=12345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012347985
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jun 12, 2015 - 06:38am PT
Post a picture of the climb. Jay will be here tomorrow and can tell you it is the climb he put up.
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 12, 2015 - 01:45pm PT
Thanks Jim,
OK its at the end on Menehune rd. Just across the river on the right. I am having trouble getting the ST photo link to open up?????? Please ask Jay if he knew about the canyoneering. although I think that piton was put in a while ago.

Ya Tony, Mitch would be happy to show you around. You'll be able to send it. He has some routes to the left of this one and some right across the river from his back yard.

Thanks for the photo Brock. I had fun there too. Up until this place on the river the limestone was probably the best I knew of. But there is potential all over the place here.

I appreciate everyone input and will endeavor to get a photo of the 11c?
H

Mountain climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 12, 2015 - 01:50pm PT
Batrock, definitely bring your shoes at least for glass beach. If you have a partner then bring a rope and draws. My pal Mitch is out of town for a while. otherwise he'd be happy to show you around.
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