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Oahu Rock Climbing 

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On Oahu's North Shore

Oahu Overview 

The majority of climbing on Oahu is sport climbing and bouldering. The Mokule'ia Wall hosts Hawaii's largest crag with nearly 60 routes on one wall and The Arch hosts Hawaii's largest bouldering area. Several other bouldering areas are spread around the island. Makapu'u is a good option for brand new climbers or those looking for short, easy routes. All crags on Oahu offer a 365-day per year climbing season. The climbing at Mokuleia Wall is probably better than you think, and good enough to have had routes featured in a few major climbing magazines over the years.

Climbing Gear Retailers 

You can find just about any climbing or hiking gear you might need at Oahu's only climbing gear retailer, Climb Aloha. If you forgot some gear, Climb Aloha rents shoes, chalk bags, crash pads, harnesses and a few other items.

You can also use the Facebook group to find partners or ask questions to the locals.

Camping and Showers 

Camping is not technically allowed at any of Oahu's crags and there are no campgrounds within walking distance to any of the crags, but there are several other options for camping elsewhere on the island. Below are two resources for finding camping on Oahu:

Showers can be found for free at any public pool. Oahu has over 20 public pools located throughout the island, all of them have showers and all of them are free for use by the public. Also, most major, public beaches also have outdoor showers which are free for the public. A list of public pools can be found here:


Weather on Oahu tends to be very localized. It's not uncommon for Honolulu to receive rain while the rest of the island does not or vise versa. Accordingly, always check the weather radar before deciding it's too rainy to climb as the crag could be completely dry despite rain where you're staying. The radar will tell you if it's actually raining at the crag at the present time. The best way to check the radar and future forecasts is by using the links below:

Mokule'ia Wall:

Makapu'u Point:

If it is raining, the crag will typically dry out quickly. After light or moderate rain, you can usually climb again after about three hours. After heavy rain over the course of multiple days, you should only have to wait one day in most cases. The rock dries quicker than the approach, so if the ground on the approach is dry then so is the crag.

Local Cuisine 

There is no shortage of options for food on Oahu. We offer many types of unique foods that cannot be easily found in the continental USA. A good option for a solid dinner after a day climbing can be found in Haleiwa which is located 10 miles directly east of the Mokule'ia Wall. If you're climbing at Waimea Bay or the Mokule'ia Wall, it's worth stopping by for some eats after a day of hard climbing. Local favorites include Spaghettini for great pizza on an open-air deck and Kua Aina Sandwich Shop for great burgers. If you want something a bit more unique or local, there are no shortage of other options.

Rest Day Activities: Surfing, Hiking, Diving and More 

There are absolutely no shortage of rest-day activities on Oahu--we have more to offer than any other state in the nation in that category.

Surfing There are over 20 world-class spots to surf on Oahu if you want to learn. Waimea Bay is typically considered to offer some of the best surfing in the world, and winter swells can produce waves up to 25' tall. However, the best place to learn to surf is probably in Waikiki where the waves tend to be much smaller. There are a million companies out there that can teach you, just Google it. For those looking to snorkel, Hanauma Bay State Park, located on the southeast section of Oahu, offers great snorkeling.

Diving If you want to learn how to dive, Hawaii is a great place to learn. Search Groupon for PADI dive courses, and you should be able to find a place to certify you as a PADI open water diver for about $250. Likewise if you dont want to get certified, companies on Groupon still offer PADI's try SCUBA course for under $100. If you want to swim with sharks (in a shark cage or outside of one), you can do that too. Again, just search Groupon for deals.

Kayaking Oahu also has fabulous open ocean kayaking opportunities. If you can obtain a katak either by renting one or borrowing one, many people kayak from Lanikai Beach to Moku Nui island. Moku Nui island is an unpopulated island located about 1.25 miles off the coast of Oahu on the southeast side of the island. You can also kayak to the Kaneohe Bay Sandbar, which is a unique mound found about a mile off shore in the middle of the ocean. The sandbar is high enough that you can stand on it and even bring out a BBQ grill and cook on the sandbar.

With any water activity, always ensure you're with a partner. People die on a regular basis from drowning on Oahu and even strong swimmers have drowned. The ocean is a serious environment to navigate in and it's power should not be underestimated.

Oahu also has some of the best hiking in the world ranging in difficulty from basically walking on the sidewalk to highly-exposed 4th class ridge hikes. There are many websites that offer information about hiking on Oahu.

Climbing Season

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111 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',44],['2 Stars',39],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Oahu

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Oahu:
Groove Tube    V0 4     Boulder   Waimea Bay Bouldering
Shoulders   V2 5+     Boulder   Waimea Bay Bouldering
Dr. Hook    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokule'ia Wall
Pig Tree   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 50'   Mokule'ia Wall
Beat the Burn   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Mokule'ia Wall
Flower Tower    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokule'ia Wall
Route 9   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR   Makapu'u Point
Spice of Life   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Mokule'ia Wall
Rainy Wish    5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokule'ia Wall
Dragon's Breath   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokule'ia Wall
Fusion    5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokule'ia Wall
Face The Music   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokule'ia Wall
Nurse Hook    5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokule'ia Wall
Blankety Blank   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokule'ia Wall
Torpedoed Youth    5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokule'ia Wall
Copper Dragon   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 83'   Mokule'ia Wall
Winnie Roast    5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokule'ia Wall
Mission Nearly Impossible   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokule'ia Wall
Double Dragon   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Sport   Mokule'ia Wall
Insecticide    5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Mokule'ia Wall
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Featured Route For Oahu
Rock Climbing Photo: Sayar putting the hurt on winnie roast

Winnie Roast 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Hawaii : Mokule'ia Wall
Great route! Winnie Roast is a really solid and fun line directly to the left of Insecticide. Start pulling on a bomber jug, clip the bolt, and complete an awkward mantle onto the face. Work up the arete and move quick as the route gets progressively harder until you hit a difficult clip (bolt five), then fire the crux which involves a big, powerful move, and then cruise easier terrain to the chains. This route is probably the hardest 5.12a at the Moke and a solid lead for a 5.12- climber....[more]   Browse More Classics in Hawaii

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By Matt Nelson
From: Pueblo, CO
Jun 6, 2009
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.
By Michael Daignault
Jul 27, 2015
Anyone up for bouldering in waimea bay in Sept 8-13? I'll be flying in from Brooklyn for that time... message me!

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