Anyone interested in fast-packing the Manaslu circuit in Nepal with me next fall (late Oct or early Nov)? Here's some pictures to whet your appetite. If you have United FF miles, you can get there for a mere 90,000 miles ;-) Mail me at runningmachine.nick AT gmail DOT com if you are interested. Nick.
Now that PEACOCK is over with, time to start serious HURT training and here is a neighbor island adventure because you will get sick of running the Makiki/Tantalus trail system.
MAUI. ULTRA .TRAIL. TEAM .that is Comprising oF JEFF Sanders . and PAUL HOPI. Its going to be a low key trainning /sightseeing tour
WHEN ! Event is friday the 18th nov THROUGH sun 20th nov.
WHAT ! - a 160mile team adventure /event to circumnavigate the entire island of MAUI, including the Kings trail, a fifteen mile section of remote rugged coastline starting at Lapereuse.
HOW! Starting at Kanaha bch park and heading to beach road we will then run the back side to kapalua and on to Kam 1 where day one finishes rotating a runner every hour. This was run last year and was a lot of fun ,think adventure not race! .Day two starts at Kam 1 where we left off aaaaaaaaaahhhh! No this was easy folks we were excited to see the kings Trail and day two was a blast. More of a fast paced hike/jog than running as terrain permitted. GOATS were spotted in abundance .We finish up at seven pools and camp the night.
MORE FUN!! Day three and the homeward leg takes us HANA RELAYS in reverse and a little extra , seeing as though we start at 7 pools. Last year was five hrs of running each on a two person team broke up of course hour by hour. So if you do the math on say a four person team you will be running just over two 10ks a day or equal to one half marathon,totaly fun and totaly doable without any ultra DNA in your legs . .SO Lets get out there and run !. More details will be provided to intrested partys such as start times ,safety issues ,more detailed logistics ect. by contacting Paul Hopi via email pablohopwood @yahoo.com
Meet at the Dillingham Airfield Parking Lot at 7:00 AM on Saturday 10/22 for a brief light run and some trail marking, followed by a Pot Luck.
Gordon has asked me to post a request for volunteers to mark the Peacock trail this Saturday Morning. We will be dividing up into groups and heading out of the Airport parking lot at 7:00 as usual. We will then meet up back at the airport at about 11:00 for a Pot Luck. All are invited to come and do a bit of trail marking, a light taper run, or more if you wish, and then we will do a Pau Hana to our Peacock training. You don't even need to go up the Kealia to show up for the Pau Hana.
Gordon needs some volunteers to do A. Upper Kealia and Are's Loop B. Gordon's and Lower loop. C. Cross Over to Rock Piles. D: The Kuaokala Makua Ridge from Balls to Stash.
Important Race Day Note: If you plan to enter the airport prior to 7:00AM you will be required to present current vehicle paper work. (Insurance, registration, inspection). Please check you paperwork prior to race day so you will not be barred from coming in due to this preannounced idiocy.
An Ode to Peacocks
The mountains have been climbed and re-climbed, the long stretches of twisting trails and fire roads have been memorized, the infinite ups and downs have been suffered and the culmination of another running cycle draws near.
Peacocks, which was so recently an audacious experiment, then born an ambitious 54+ miler, morphs into a full-blown madly-rugged 100+ K, and is now upon us! We've crammed in all the training possible and stand waiting, wondering what to do other than be out running hard along the northern ridges of the Waianae. One last chug up the hill perhaps? One last visit to the panoramic vistas we will have little time to appreciate on race day? Maybe, or are we just yielding to the unbreakable habit of over training?
Continuing in my series of training runs for the UTMB, last weekend saw a change of venue as I headed down south ("dan saf" as they say here) via riot torn London to visit in-laws in Portsmouth and take part in the local Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 trail run. The name derives from the fact that this takes in 5 river crossings; 4 hills; 3 stately homes; 2 castles and one cathedral. All very pretty, and weather cooperated quite nicely for a change. The 50k is part of a number of races and walks, all on the same day, that are in aid of the local fire brigade, and there were about 90 starters. Compared to my recent forays in Lake and Peak districts this was pretty flat going and was in fact 100% runnable and, again unlike the other races, the course was well marked for the most part. As with most races here, the aid stations were mostly just water stops and (like many of the other runners) I went out with virtually no fuel which was a mistake. After a few hours we were mostly running on empty, but thankfully came across one aid station that had delicious bread and butter pudding, so a few miles later got a second wind and flew for the last 5 or so miles. Winning time was a M50 runner from Portsmouth Jogging club who came in at 4:04 and I came in 29th (3rd M55) at 4:43, which I was quite pleased with considering the recent level of effort. Next stop Chamonix! Nick K.
After months of preparing gear, testing equipment and dropping some stash the Memorial Day weekend finally arrived. Me and a couple HURT runners have made it a tradition to backpack the length of the Ko'olau Summit Trail (KST). It starts at Pupukea and ends at Kipapa trail. The Kipapa section is legally closed so will exit thru Waikane valley via Waikane trail. This year making the trip would be Ernest Tay (ET), Jim Masterson, the Fishman and me Gordon Lau dubbed the "Captain" since I was leading the way and always writing in my captains log.
Through past experiances with the KST we were all packing pretty light for a three day jaunt. Ernest had the heaviest pack since he was carrying about six liters of water. The morning of the first at Pupukea was beautiful. Cool and no rain. As we went further and climbed higher the weather started to change and it got windy and misty. The wind would stay with us for the whole trek. We bashed thru guava and uluhe fern past the Kahuku and Malaekahana trails and finally arrived at the Laie trail in the late afternoon. A short while later we reached the Kawailoa campsite. Hiking the KST is extremely slow at times. Maybe a mile an hour at best. Pitching our tents in the gusty winds was a chore.
We filtered our water from a nearby stream and made dinner. Freeze-dried meals and Ramen is the choice for KST backpackers. My favorite is the freeze-dried Lasagna! Just as the sun started to set it started to drizzle and get cold. Everyone settled in for the night. I didn't get much sleep that cold, wet and super windy night. I was glad when the sun started to light up the sky on Sunday morning. It was still cold and misty when we packed up and left Kawailoa. I had a good laugh when I came across a ribbon on the KST put up by Tom Yoza of the Hawaii Trail and Mountain Club wishing us good luck. He had come up Laie trail a week before to clear some of the trail for us. Mahalo Thomas!
The leg between Kawailoa and Poamoho is my favorite. It passes thru O'ahus pristine forest and bogs. Very close to the Hawaii hundreds of years ago. The KST thru Puu Kaainapuaa and the old Kahuku cabin area was very muddy but fully passible. When we reached the awesome lookout at the back of Kaipapau gulch we took a break from the cold and wet conditions. We shared Granola bars, trail mix and Jim's dried fish jerky.
After you are finished with Run with a View and want a few more miles, feel free to join me on my South Loop 40 miler. Below are some approximate splits allowing for a popsicle, coffee and water. This run is my last prep run for a charity event in Baton Rouge on May 20th benefitting cancer research.
Aloha - Paul (497-3911)
4:30AM Start at 1393 Nanialii Dr, Kailua 6:00AM Makapu Pt. 7:00AM Koko Head 8:00AM Aina Haina 9:30AM Pali Hwy 11:00AM Kam Hwy Junct. 12:00PM Finish at 1393 Nanialii Dr, Kailua
In recognition of the increasing number of active, reserve, and retired military personnel who run with HURT we are gong to be raising funds for the Wounded Warriors Project as a part of this adventure. I started it out with a donation of a dollar a projected mile. We urge anyone who would like to support us to visit a web page set up to track and accept dontations to the WWP. If you wish to contribute we urge you to donate on line. We may reluctantly accept checks and cash during the run. Please remember we are not particularly set up to carry or protect donations.
1. Wear plenty of reflective gear. Wear more than you feel is necessary. You are basically invisible to to traffic so anything you can do will help you. Please use night lights, strobes, and blinkers.
2. Please do not attempt to do the Kaena Point alone. Please be aware of womens or mixed teams and coordinate the Kaena Point and Waianae sections. Night time at Yokahama is a bit lawless. Night time in Waianae is difficult as water is not that easy to come by and beaches are a bit strange.
3. Please use the rail road tracks from Nanakuli to Kapolei and then turn east. Do not use the highway as it becomes a freeway with limited pedistrian safety. Women's teams should be escorted here as well.
4. This is a self-support event. There is likely to be people out there to help you but do not plan on it. Bring a camel, bring money. Be prepared for long periods of self support.
5. We are all alone out there. Observe the HURT rules of concern and courtesy for other participants.
6. contact me at mmuench01 at gmail. or three-seven-two 26threezero.