"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." - African proverb
It's been a productive Holiday season on Oahu. The island has been yielding new rock and new routes – the best Xmas gifts we could ask for. Two spots over two months have been opened up on opposites sides of the island: Kimo's and the Triads. These gifts of rock, sitting under the tree (paperbark and Kukui nut), have already yielded some of the best climbs on the island, and there are a lot more yet to be unwrapped.
Like other spots in this part of the Oahu's Eastside, Kimo's carries a rock similar to that of the Paradise Boulder: sandpaper slopers, sharp edges, a little chossier than you'd hope. The quality of the first two climbs put up here alone more than makes up for the latter. The Dust (V4), and Choke (V6) are both classics.
Sitting at 1700' elevation, the Triads is Oahu's alpine bouldering destination. It doesn't sound like much, but it is the only spot on the island where you can actually feel a slight temperature drop. This elevation combined with what feels like a colder than normal December/January meant that we got to enjoy sessions in the mid- to low-60s. Full blown HI sending temps!
I've had the pleasure of a number of extraordinary sessions of climbing and boulder hunting at both spots over the past couple months.
Joining in on the fun was Phil Langford, Paul Robinson, Beau Kahler & Nina Williams -- all here on an escape the slightly colder temps of Colorado. Out at the Unicorn Brothel, at the much hotter Kaena Point, Paul nabbed the second ascent of Hiro's Spider Tears (V10), but not before enduring the "worst hike of his life" in order to get there. Aside from the climbing, Phil and Paul surfed a ton and scored some chongers.
It's been a good two months, and I came to the realization that, in order to stay motivated, to keep this as exciting as it was when we first started, we need to keep exploring, go into that next valley over, keep finding. Throughout 2014, I was motivated primarily to climb what had already been established. Now: I want the new.
It might be a matter of running out of established problems I feel capable of climbing, or it may be a matter of if you climb the same shit day after day, it's going to get old. To put it another way, I'm starting to feel that finding new blocs is the best part of our sport, even better than the climbing them. Nothing is better than the new and the potential of more.
That quote at the top about going fast and going far struck a chord with me when it comes to looking for new boulders. It's simple really: Sometimes it's better to search alone, sometimes it's better to search together. Let's keep this going.