Ka'awali'i Gulch - April 7, 2013

Short and sweet first descent of a classic and very unique route on the Hamakua Coast. 5 rappels up to 190 feet, couldn't have asked for a nicer way to spend a sunday.
  • Best shot of the day, drop 4, 190 foot plunge.
  • Looking up into our target canyon as we shuttle a car to the bottom.
  • Trailhead in the Eucalyptus Forests.  Love the wide angle lens.
  • Joshua on the approach, pushing thru the reeds.
  • We quickly approach drop 1.
  • Quite the nice way to start of the canyon, a scenic 50 footer.
  • A not so scenic rappel 2, 65 feet.
  • We reach the top of rappel 3 and the start of the fun.  150 foot drop and a 190 foot drop in quick order.
  • A massive keeper pothole separates the two drops  We reset our anchor and are fortunately able to angle the rappel around it.
  • Though I had to find out the hard way it was a significant obstacle.  A look up from the depth of the doom room.
  • Exit lip, a gnarly 20+ foot overhang.  Backpack on the left hand side for scale.
  • Looking straight up.
  • My only friend(s) in the pothole.
  • Joshua and Tyler successfully angle the rappel around the pothole.
  • Yours truly in the pothole.  Lower me a damn rope!
  • Much better.  Another view of the pothole.
  • Top of drop 4, a 190 foot chute.
  • Big ledgy chute.
  • Tyler pulling the rope as we carry on.
  • A spring emerges and a beautiful pool forms.
  • Joshua earning some major style points on the jump.
  • Final drop of the day.
  • Checking out the diversion tunnel for the creek.  Pretty cool.