Mahalo to all the awesome volunteers and Oahu Na Ala Hele for coming out this past weekend to work on the trails! Great results for all the efforts put in! Improvements along Kalawahine & Manoa Cliff trails make them almost highways! Was great having old & new friends working together! Hoping to setup another trail maintenance day soon. Happy holidays everyone!
With the high amount of wet & windy weather we've been having, the trails have become both overgrown & blocked by debris. Please lend your kokua as we join up with Oahu Na Ala Hele to help make much needed repairs to the Tantalus trail systems.
We will be meeting at the Na Ala Hele base yard (top of the HNC driveway) to gather equipment then traveling out to areas needing work. Please wear clothes that won't restrict movement yet provide you with adequate protection from any debris. Wear good covered shoes, such as those for trail running or hiking. Na Ala Hele will provide the majority of the tools; however if you have any non-powered tools you wish to bring, please do so. But please be aware that you will be responsible for whatever you bring. Also bring adequate water for at least 5-hrs of work as well as snacks.
The awesome team at Oahu Mountain Bike Ohana, IMBA and the State of Hawaii have been working hard arranging a weekend full of classes to help us learn about and maintain our trails. Come learn about trail design, technique and about the invasive species and how to eradicate them when you see them on the trails. Skills apply to both runners and bikers alike and this course is open to anyone interested in attending.
Or for those of you that want to relax after running the 100 mile event this weekend, this is also the day we'll be having our annual Potluck & party at Ho'omaluhia gardens...but I'll post more on that next week ;)
Note you MUST attend the morning classroom session to participate in the field project. Wear pants, closed-toe shoes, a hat, gloves and bring water for the trail project.
See you all at Tantalus for 36 hours of fun this weekend!
This Saturday, January 10, we will be working with Na Ala Hele (NAH) to perform various types of work on the Tantalus and Nu'uanu trails in preparation for the big event in two weeks. We will be meeting up at the Na Ala Hele offices/base yard at 7am (just up the driveway past the Nature Center) to sign waivers, get instruction, and pack equipment before heading up to the areas of work. Those wishing to partipate should be able to willing to do put in a good day's amount of manual labor as we will be hiking in from the trail heads (and back out) with tools as well as performing the necessary trail work (i.e., vegetation clearance, trail widening).
If you would like to volunteer in this effort, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the morning of Thursday, January 8, as we need to get a approximate number of people NAH. Volunteers shoud bring water and snacks/energy as well as wear appropriate clothing (i.e., old pants, shirts, hiking/trail shoes). We should be finished and back at the Nature Center by about 1:30/2pm.
Jeff and Cheryl have been hard at work coordinating a trail work day on the Aiea Loop Trail (with DLNR's permission of course). Join H.U.R.T. and spend a morning giving back to the trails that give us so much in return. Please rsvp to Jeff if you would like to attend at: jwkfong at hawaii dot rr dot com by no later than October 12th.
Mission: We will be doing some
removal/trimming of non-native vegetation that has overgrown onto the
well used trail system. Although work will concentrate on the upper
section of the loop, a few able-bodied people may be asked to lug some
gear down to get areas further down the trail. We should be finished by
11/11:30am so we can also picnic at the park after, so please bring
something to share if you attend.
What to bring:
Vegetation cutting equipment (shears, hand tools, machetes)
Old clothes - you WILL get wet and dirty.
Potluck dish to share
Extra special thanks to all who are participating in advance!
Today the H.U.R.T. group combined forces with the Mānoa Cliff Forest Restoration project to do some maintenance on our beloved Tantalus trails in preparation for Triple Trek on August 31st.
Photo by Wily Woo
Many of you likely pass through the two gates regularly without giving more than a passing thought as to why they might be there. These gates actually exist a) to keep out feral pigs and b) to outline the perimeter of the 6 acres of land that is being conserved by the Manoa Cliff Restoration Project. While the land is still owned by the State, in 2005, with the assistance of the Conservation Council of Hawai'i, the Project received a permit from Na Ala Hele to restore a section of the Mānoa Cliff Trail between its junctions with the Pu'u 'Ōhi'a and Pauoa Flats Trails. The effort involves manually controlling invasive species and to protect and promote native plant growth. What's amazing is that just about every plant you would think of as being 'Hawaiian' is in fact non-native. From most species of hibiscus, ginger, plumeria, mangoes, avocados, strawberry guavas, bamboo and various other ferns and plants that line that trails, these were all originally brought in from outside sources. Many are a direct threat to the survival of native species such as the well known Koa and Kukui trees.
Photo by Wily Woo
Starting our day, 12 of us met at 8:30 near the pumping station in Makiki to disperse tools and carpool up to the Moleka parking lot on Roundtop drive. From there we hiked in roughly 1.5 miles to the site. On our hike in, our personal guide and regular Manoa Cliff project volunteer, Juliet identified many native plants and gave us tips on what to clear and what to be careful not to disturb. Seeing Mamaki plants (which can be dried to make delicious tea) was a highlight for me! On the hike in, the group slowly split in to two. The first went ahead to the actual work site while the rest of us spent some time clearing as we hiked in. Once we made our way in to the gated area, our main focus was on cutting back palm grass and ginger along the trail. Clem got to work with the weed whacker to put the final touches on our efforts and after a few hours of work, we broke for lunch and made our way out elated by the great work we had accomplished during our day.
HUGE thanks to everyone who came out and special thanks to Juliet Langley for taking such good care of us all and sharing her extensive knowledge and passion for conservation efforts. Thanks to Mashuri and Brandon of the Manoa Cliff Project as well for organizing and welcoming so many of us out to participate.
Participants & Organizers:
Triple Trek RD - Heather M.
Photo by Wily Woo
Triple Trek RD - Fish A.
PJ & Bob
Please visit www.manoacliff.org to learn more about the project. They have work days each and every Sunday from 9am - noon. It's important to give back to the maintenance and support of the trails that give us so much in return!
After a few quick e-mails this morning we have an opportunity to do some trail maintenance in preparation of the Tantalus Triple Trek. I was able to run a couple of loops up there this weekend and overall the course is in pretty good shape with the exception of the area on the Manoa Cliff Trail between the two pig gates.
So...if you would like to work with the people who are doing the native plant forest restoration project and help clear the trail, please let PJ know. We will coordinate with how many people are going to make sure we have enough tools. There are a lot of native plants along the trail so this will be selective clearing and trimming. The plan is to meet at the parking area where Moleka and Manoa Cliff trail cross the road at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday and hike the cliff trail up to the area. Alternatively you could run up there from another starting point.
Please let PJ know though so she can let the Project Coordinator know how many people to expect.
Her contact is three-five 1 dash fourteen 53. You know the e-mail right? hurtpals at a oh L dot com.
Mahalo for your help in advance. This will be a good relationship to foster since we use that section of the trail so extensively for both Trail Series races and also the HURT 100.
Next time you are on the Maunawili trail and it looks like this:
Think of the hard-working crew that transformed the trail from this:
Thank you SO much for the hours, the sweat, and the brawn that was generously donated by the following people:
Steve DeWald Larry Inouye Jeff Fong Freddy Halmes Cheryl Loomis Mike Muench Scot Kuwaye Gordon Lau Rosie Warfield Jeremy Dow Clem Aleka Gorai Susie Stephen Heather McCafferty Jacque Tellei Augusto DeCastro Neal Yasuda Johnny Landezza Doug Baker Keith Campbell Barbie McAllaster Marian Yasuda
Saturday, June 16 will be an opportunity for us to assist Na Ala Hele with the maintenence of the Maunawili trail and also prepare for the trail for hoards of people wanting to Run With the Pigs! Na Ala Hele has generously agreed to work with us to make this work day happen.
What to bring:
Sunscreen and hat
Lunch and snacks
Tools such as; weedwhackers, hedge trimmers, machetes
The tenative plan is to meet at the Maunawili trailhead at 10 am. We will load into State Vehicle(s) and be driven a couple of miles up the jeep road access (making the hike significantly shorter for access to the middle section).
If you are interested in helping out, please respond with a comment or email me at mnyasuda at hawaii dot rr dot com. Indicate in your response the number of people and any tools that you might be able to provide. If you are needing certification of trail work for a planned trail race, I will facilitate that certification. Just provide your necessary form to me on the day of service and I will get it signed.
Let's take time to give back and celebrate National Trails Day .
Well, we are in the gut of the beast. If you have been putting off the distance tests, the night runs, or even the full loops then now is the time to plan on getting onto the trails and doing the do. Best make what ever bargains you have to at home, because the weeks are ticking down fast and we are sitting at about four. And depending on what kind of tapering freak you are, you may not have much time left to actually practice before you justify sitting around telling yourself that rest is the answer to doing the HURT.
Frankly I don't have much of an opinion of the taper and feel it makes you really soft and whiny on the dark muddy trails of Sunday morning. But its as hard to talk people out of the taper as it is to talk economists out of the neokeysian concepts of abundant money creation. Both are trying to make something out of nothing. And sooner or later both tend to end up quite badly.
Anyway....this week is a great time to do a lot of running. Starting Friday at 6:00pm there is that thing around and around the inner loop. Just as that ends we are scheduling another loop or two starting at the Nature Center at 6:00AM. If you've got any real idea of doing the HURT you ought to be thinking of coming out and doing a bit of the Hog Back and then doing at least a full loop. Real Ultra runners will be considering a full 18+ hours of trail time.
I urge everyone to post their alternative plans. If you are going out mid week please post the departure times and points. It really helps the new runners to go out with others during the week. Given the condition of the trails lately, some company is, perhaps, a wise thing.
Remember the Hog Back on Friday! Plan on a long run this week-end. The stashes have water! No excuses but to get out there and RUN!
---A point of planning. We are trying to arrange a trail maintenance day on some of the HURT trails in conjunction with Na Hele. The tentative date is January 7th. One of those 'taper' week-ends. Please mark that down and we will get back to you in greater detail as the time approaches.
Training Time: 6:00am Saturday UPDATED: Now on Saturday!
Place: Top of Manoa Road--Street Parking
What: Manoa/Jack ass Repeat(s) 12 miles a pop. + Trail Work (Sign installation) on Aihualama
So, there it is, after a few days of thrills and hugging and back patting everyone is back to doing what ever they do to keep themselves together. There will be one further spurt when the stats come out and we can all hug and back-pat and empathize for a few more hours, but then Peacocks is in the bag. History, and nobody gives a damn what you did last week, dude. We are all over it, get a life, or better yet an iphone.
A fork has been stuck in the bird! Its time to start dealing with the HOG! Not those cutsy piggys of the Maunawili, but a real HOG. This is the oficial beginning of HURT training, HURT trails, HURT loops, HURT stashes, HOG Back Climbs, and hurt body parts.
This Saturday we will do at least one Manoa to Jack-ass repeat; most of the bad parts of the HURT in just 12 easy miles. Some of us will do the Trail Work originally scheduled for Thursday too.
So come on out, run a bit of the HURT trail, find meaning in the mud, the roots, and the rocks and let's give back a bit to keep the trails in better shape.
Well, not really 'No Cuts Brah!' but the same thing in formalized state speech.
STAY ON THE TRAIL!!
What: Sign installation at major trail cutting points
When: 6:00 AM Saturday, November 5, 2011 (Could go on Saturday and incorporate Training run)
Where: Meet at the top of Manoa Road
Details: I have 4 fence posts to pound in, and the signs to go onto the posts. We plan to put them in at the bottom of the major cut at Manoa Trail/ Aihualama (Near Chief Ehu Rock) and then go up farther to put in two more at the first major cut on the Switch Backs. A future installation will be on the upper section of Aihualama to catch the people on the way down.
Why: I have been running/training the falls trail and Aihualama for some time and have long noticed the increasing number of morons cutting trails and causing severe erosion. This is more than just a matter of making the trail runnable, it boils down to places where major slides can and will close the trail at least temporarily. I volunteered to help Na Hele with this.
Who: I need two others to help. It should take 3 hours. Will be dark when we leave, so bring lights and water. It's always fun to see the night time 'Gee it gets dark fast' crowd stumbling out of Manoa. We will be carrying in the sign posts and the post pounder. One person to hold the post, one to pound, and one to attach the signs. We could probably use a few more to stand around and tell us what we are doing wrong.
If you can help please contact me, or leave a message in comments section.
Today, Carol and I went for a short Christmas run. We ran to where Nick K. reported fallen trees on December 22. We arrived at the fallen trees around 1 PM. There were two trees, both with trunks the diameter larger than my bow saw could handle. We did manage to clear some of the larger branches from the lower tree so passage is much easier. Even those branches were challenging cutting with my bow saw.
Some clearing was done and it is a little easier to pass through.
Here's some photos:
Fallen tree blocking trail on the way up to Kent Bien's chair.
Cutting the smaller branches of the lower tree.
Lower tree, yes this is one tree, cleared enough to pass through.
At Kent Bien's chair on the way back.
Back at my truck.
(Thanks Ed and Carol for doing this on Christmas day. Your gift to the HURT runners!)