The pursuit of adventure is all about challenging yourself. This weekend we went next level. All last week Sage, Yoshi and I had been visualizing new dives to try out. Big Dives. We met up Sunday morning and messed around for a little while warming up on the cliffs and doing lead-up. Yoshi was the first to drop something big. I was just setting up my camera, and yelled out for Yoshi to do something so I could practice tracking. He stepped up to the jump spot and then took a little longer then I was expecting, but then out of no-where; Front Triple Half. Thats 3 front flips with a half twist at the bottom. I was stunned, and quickly checked my camera to see if I had actually recorded it!
It wasnt too long after that Sage stepped up and threw down. His big dive was gainer triple, and while he has done it on springboard in a pool, it was the first time ANY of the squad had ever done on off a cliff!
The bar has been set high for this year, and so far every aspect has been delivering! Im excited to announce that Sage and I will be launching a collaboration youtube channel soon, so we will make it even easier to follow our Pursuit of Adventure.
A good friend once told me “its hard to mess up a photo of stairway.” He is absolutely right, it doesn’t matter if you get the heavenly mist, or a clear sunrise, the Stairway to Heaven always provides a breathtaking experience.
The stairs were constructed in 1942 to assist with construction and provide access to the Naval Radio Sation at Haiku Valley. Now they are unmaintained, and technically illegal to hike on as there is a guard who patrols the trail head 24/7. However there is a back route up a ridge-line that is a bit longer of a hike, but still provides the same amazing views at the top. (This is the route I recommend as you do not trespass and bother the neighbors who live in Haiku Valley, or have to deal with the guard.)
This adventure we ended up going very early so that we were able to shoot some night photography of the stairs. Even though there were clouds most of the night Matt (@mattGeophotography) and Sage (@diversage) were able to get a few spectacular shots with the stairs and some stars.
I believe adventures are as much about who you have with you as they are about what you are doing. This trip could have been a huge bummer as the weather conditions didn’t cooperate for the shots we had hoped for. But the squad that came made this trip one of, if not all time, favorite time hiking around the Haiku Stairs!