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On Oahu's North Shore

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Oahu climbing is split into three separate areas; the Mokuleia Wall, Makapuu Point and Waimea Bay. The Mokuleia Wall is the biggest of the three areas and is located on Oahu's North Shore, towards the leeward (west) side of the island. Makapuu Point is located on the windward (east) side of the island. Waimea Bay is primarily a bouldering area that sits directly on the beach on the central North Shore.

Rock at all three areas is mostly basalt and can range from bulletproof to crumbling volcanic choss. Climbing is mostly sport routes, but some trad can be found. The cracks here can be dangerous to lead on... The rock inside the cracks can be very brittle, so traditional pro can break the rock if you take a lead fall. That is why a lot of the cracks here might have bolts next to them.

  • *BREAK-INS ARE PROMINENT ALL OVER THE ISLAND, ESPECIALLY IN THE MORE RURAL AREAS. DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING IN YOUR VEHICLES!!!!


Getting There 

Book your plane tickets for Honolulu, Hawaii and come on out!! Specifics for getting to each area will be posted under that area.


72 Total Routes


['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',31],['2 Stars',27],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',3],['5.8',4],['5.9',3],['5.10',17],['5.11',15],['5.12',12],['5.13',4],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',2],['V2-3',6],['V4-5',3],['V6-7',2],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Oahu:
Groove Tube    V0 4     Boulder   Waimea Bay Bouldering
Kitty Cat   V0 4     Boulder   Waimea Bay Bouldering
Shoulders   V2 5+     Boulder   Waimea Bay Bouldering
..   V2+ 5+     Boulder, 30'   Waimea Bay Bouldering
Dr. Hook    5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokuleia Wall
Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 35'   Makapuu Point
Pig Tree   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 50'   Mokuleia Wall
Beat the Burn   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Mokuleia Wall
Cactus Garden   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokuleia Wall
Flower Tower    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokuleia Wall
Overhanging one   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a PG13     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   Makapuu Point
Spice of Life   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Mokuleia Wall
All Itís Cracked Up to Be   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokuleia Wall
Dragon's Breath   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokuleia Wall
Rainy Wish    5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokuleia Wall
Face The Music   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokuleia Wall
Nurseís Hook    5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokuleia Wall
Impossible Overhang   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     Sport, TR, 35'   Makapuu Point
Torpedoed Youth    5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokuleia Wall
Black Tower   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokuleia Wall
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Spice of Life 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b  Hawaii : Mokuleia Wall
Route climbs a shallow dihedral passing three cruxes. First crux is a thin hands/ off fingers crack. The seconds surmounts a small roof with good jams above. The third crux is reminiscent of the the last pitch of Swansons Arete, a super thin crack in an open book that disappears into a blank face. The whole route is well protected, albeit not by the cracks but by bolts. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Hawaii

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By Matt Nelson
From: Divide, CO
Jun 6, 2009

Oahu should be split between the Mokuleia Wall, Makapu'u Point and Waimea Bay.

Also almost all of the routes at the Mokuleia Wall have strings that run like top ropes through the anchors. These strings are used to pull your rope though the anchors so that each route may be top roped. If a string breaks or you want to lead the route, make sure you try and put the string back up. Another reason that these strings are here is because the top of the cliff is very crumbly, please do not top out completely.

The cracks here can be dangerous to lead on... The rock inside the cracks can be very brittle, so traditional pro can break the rock if you take a lead fall. that is why a lot of the cracks here might have bolts next to them.