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

The Wailau Experience

By Patrick Rorie Thursday, July 23, 2020 "Wailau here we come!!!" On Thursday, July 23rd, 2020, five intrepid backpackers (Nandor Szotak, Alex Timely, Stacy Paquette, Steve Lin and Patrick Rorie) flew over to the friendly isle of Molokai to visit the huge, magnificent and remote north shore amphitheater valley of Wailau. For all but Patrick, it was the first time making the trek to Wailau. After completing final preparations at Molokai airport, local resident Kawika Ka

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

Climbing Pu'u Waiahilahila a.k.a "The Nipple"

by Nandor Szotak March 18 2018 The whole story behind climbing "The Nipple" started 2 years ago when I was hiking up Papali Uka with my friend Scott. After about 2 miles on the trail you come up to a signed intersection, which shows you the way to continue on Papali Uka trail. We took a break, and after I looked around I saw a steep overgrown trail going down on a side ridge. I took out my topo map and following the contour lines, my eyes got stuck on a peak called Pu'u Waia