Mo'ole Ridge to Lanihuli

By Nandor Szotak - May 25th 2020 Sometimes I just sit down in front of the computer, log in to my Gaia account, open the topographic map and start looking for new possible ridges to climb. That's how I found this ridge which runs almost parallel with Kapalama Ridge and the Pali Highway. Usually when I find an interesting, possibly doable ridge, I start looking for write ups, old blogs, to see if anybody did that actual route. That's what I did when I decided to try and hike

Manana "Corner" Windward (first ascent)

By Nandor Szotak - December 5, 2020 "Steve are you hiking tomorrow?" "No, I don't have any plans. Why?" "I am thinking of doing something fun like Razor's Edge or try the Mañana Corner maybe..." "Ok, let's try Manana then!" "Great! See you tomorrow at 7:30am" Basically this was the conversation between my friend Steve and I, which lead to another documented first ascent of a Windward ridge the next day. But let's just jump back a couple weeks to our scouting mission. As a pea

Climbing Ahuimanu Uka in the footprints of Pete Clines

By Nandor Szotak - July 11th 2020 Lately I was lacking inspiration to write blogs about my recent adventures. I was more occupied to shoot new episodes for my YouTube channel, which is a lot of work... This climb supposed to be on camera too, but for some reason I felt it is not going to happen, and it didn't. So now I decided instead to write a blog about this awesome adventure we had with Stacy and Steve. This particular windward ridge was on my to do list for a while. Firs

Windward Olympus

By Nandor Szotak - May 2nd 2020 I didn't do a new, exciting so called extreme hike for a while. I was more occupied with peak bagging, doing other trails, and lately got into creating YouTube videos for a new challenge I set to myself, climbing Hawaii 100 Highest Peaks. All those peaks could be a good motive to write blogs, but I still think I am a better video creator than a writer. I am more of a "documenter" if that word exists. Okay, so a little bit of history about Wind

Climbing Eleao Windward

By Nandor Szotak - June 1st 2019 It was a long time in plan to climb up Eleao Windward, but as usual, life happened, so I had no time to hit the trails. My friend Mike was still here from mainland, so he was a good push for me to plan this hike already. It was a wet and humid Saturday morning, when the guys picked me up in Kaneohe. Randy (another friend) drove us to the "unmarked trailhead" of Eleao Windward where we could start our long journey to the top of the Ko'olau Moun

True Manamana

By Nandor Szotak - April 16th 2019 Climbing the 1600 feet tall Pu'u Manamana (True Manamana) was on my list for a long time. This peak not to be confused with Turnover Point (2076 ft), the highest point of Pu'u Manamana ridge. If you look at topographic maps you will find this peak as Pu'u Manamana, but to be differentiated from the ridge with the same name people call it "True Manamana". The actual ridge continues after you reach the peak, drops off 200', then reaches "2 Ape

Kalahaku Teeth to Waimalu Middle Ridge

by Nandor Szotak August 19th 2018 A long journey up on one of Oahu's less traveled ridge line. After finishing all my KST sections, and had to bail from my KST traverse, I needed a new to do list: Windward ridges. Still not clear to me from where to where people consider those ridges, but looking at the old Ko'olau volcano inner part, for me it looks like from Makapu'u to Kahana or Punalu'u Valley. The Kalahaku Teeth was on my list for a long time, especially because it is ri