This past weekend I traveled to the Big Island for a 2-night, 3-day backpacking trip. Our destination was Halape.
Located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Halape is accessible by the old Keauhou Trail on the Puna-Ka'u Coast. According to the National Park Service Site, it is 7.7 miles from the nearest trailhead.
This trip was reminiscent to me of the time in college I hiked the Napali Coast to Kalalau. I met new people, got huge blisters, and had an amazing time. No different this go around.
Camping is rad. It's always memorable. Campfires, gritty, but delicious fresh ground coffee (thank you Justin), hammocks, epic sunrises, and a good book on a secluded beach.
And no cell phone service.
One thing about camping at a place like this is the people you get to meet. This trip we met 2 brothers from Canada staying on the island for a month and then going to Kauai for another month. They were enjoying this time in their lives. And we spent the night bantering and discussing Quantum Physics, Star Wars, Hawaii and the fact that you can always count on Europeans to pick you up when you're hitchhiking. One brother, Kyle, traveled from Vancouver to Toronto on $10 in 3.5 days.
Halape is a must-visit for sure. The hike in was not that bad, the hike out is a bit taxing if you don't take the coastal trail. You climb about 3,000 ft of elevation over 8.5 miles and no shade. And you're on a volcano. Needless to say it's hot.
Great memories made with the group: Nate, Chase, Justin, and Bonnie. I met Justin and Bonnie at the airport on our way. Bonnie is 6-months pregnant. Much respect for her doing this hike!
Justin and Bonnie taught us all a new card game: euchre. Apparently it's a midwestern thing. Regardless, it was a lot of fun.
Thanks to my buddy Nate Luzod for the invite, love his passion for the outdoors and hiking. It was great getting to spend more time with Chase Norton, superstar hiker and endurance athlete and met some new friends Justin and Bonnie. Solid people. Solid Trip.
I snapped some photos with my Nikon D5500 and iphone. You can see all the photos on my flickr page.