Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Hawaiian mauka (mountain) routes almost always follow a ridge, or head up a narrow stream valley, rather than following contours on traverses and switchbacks as they do in most mountain regions. Razorback ridges narrow down to a foot or so in places, with 1,000 foot drops to either side. The thick flora that buffets the routes disguises the hazard: you run the risk of stepping into a little turnout that turns out to be a tangles of greenery.
Hawaiians have been walking the islands for many centuries. If you don't see a trail, there isn't one. Follow the trail, and if you lose it, turn back.