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!)
Just got off the phone with Mauricio. Cheryl had called me too after Bozo called her. Apparently there is a very fresh slide and tree down on Nuuanu trail. It is somewhere close to the lower of the two ropes on the trail. Mauricio was able to get through it but he said it was difficult. He said going down was one thing but coming back up was pretty hard. He will probably post his own comments here a bit later. Be safe out there!
Below is a photo of over 50 pounds of trash removed from Maunawili Falls Trail. I led a group from two high schools and a Rotary club up to the falls and removed every piece of trash we could find. As we always promote during races, never leave trash on our beautiful trails. If you are out on this trail, please enjoy the clean beauty while it last! Aloha - Paul
We have a Trail Advisory Council mtg tomorrow in the afternoon. Does anyone
have anything they want me to add to my Trail Runner's report? News, trail
conditions, etc (we know about the pig on Manoa Cliff)
Curt Cottrell will be honored after the meeting (4/14/09- 4 to 5 or 5:30
mtg)- he will be transferring out of Na Ala Hele into an assistant's position to
the head of Parks and Recreation. Anyone who wants to attend is invited.
Let me know if you are interested in attending and bringing a
I thought you guys would like to know a little bit about the Trail Advisory Council- we meet every other month (just met Tuesday 2/17) to let Aaron, the Na Ala Hele Trail Technician (the main guy up there) bounce ideas off of us regarding current and future handling of NAH trails. There are reps from motorsport, equestrian activities, hunting, biking, hiking, trail running (of course), Nature Center programming, and now we will soon add Roddy Akau as our cultural practitioner. It is a congenial group. Anyone is invited as a guest to attend and observe the meetings.
We start off with Aaron’s staff report. NAH is working on adding a couple new trails to the inventory. The first, “Honouliuli”, is on the Waianae Mountain Range near Makakilo. The second, in Moanalua Valley, at the top of the hill, “Kulana’ahane Trail” and “Kamana Nui Valley Road”.
Aaron indicated that all the NAH trails are scheduled to be “brushed” 4 times a year. Maunawili, now getting overgrown, should be cleared within the next month. I assume the same for Dillingham (Cheryl recently told me it is getting hairy up there now too).
Aaron will be looking into the problem of the recent dirt bike/ ATV usage at the Ditch Trail in Waimanalo- we noticed last week that there were very deep ruts about half way down the trail, and our equestrian rep said the horses can’t even get by it. Worse, the guys on the bikes (motorcycles) were very threatening to the horseback riders! You might want to avoid this area for a while, especially late afternoons.