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Arch, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Makapu'u Point 3 / 8 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Mokule'ia Wall 13 / 42 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 61
Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary (Town Boulders) 0 / 0 / 0 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Oz 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Palolo Valley Crag 0 / 0 / 1 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Sacreds 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Waimea Bay Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Yi Wall 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
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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 Mokule'ia 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 and Gyms

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.

climbaloha.com/
facebook.com/groups/ClimbAl…

You can also use the Facebook group to find partners or ask questions to the locals.Further, you can rent crash pads from Climb Aloha or from the link below.

boulderinghawaii.com/store/…

Oahu has two indoor bouldering gyms, Volcanic Rock Gym and Arch Project Climbing.

volcanicrockgym.com/
archprojectclimbing.com/

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:

https://camping.honolulu.gov/campsites/search?park_id=2

http://www.to-hawaii.com/oahu/camping/

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:

https://www.honolulu.gov/rep/site/dpr/dpr_docs/pool2.pdf

Weather

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: https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/hi/dillingham/96791

Makapu'u Point: https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/hi/waimanalo

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.

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. http://hanaumabaystatepark.com/

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.

Hiking:
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.

http://www.unrealhawaii.com/hikes/

http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/September-2013/20-Great-Oahu-Hikes/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/113997325365764/

Oahu's Roped Climbing History

Some interesting climbing history and photos from Oahu climbing in the early 1990's can be found here:

http://www.boulderinghawaii.com/?offset=1454449062273

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Classic Climbing Routes at Oahu

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V4 6B PG13
Timmy's Tick
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Dr. Hook
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pig Tree
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Beat the Burn
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Spice of Life
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Dragon's Breath
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Rainy Wish
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Face The Music
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Fusion
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Copper Dragon
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Torpedoed Youth
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Mission Nearly Impossible
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Weenie Roast
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Slice of Death
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Insecticide
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Timmy's Tick Arch V4 6B PG13 Boulder
Dr. Hook Mokule'ia Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Sport
Pig Tree Mokule'ia Wall 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Beat the Burn Mokule'ia Wall 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Spice of Life Mokule'ia Wall 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Dragon's Breath Mokule'ia Wall 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Rainy Wish Mokule'ia Wall 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Face The Music Mokule'ia Wall 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Fusion Mokule'ia Wall 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Copper Dragon Mokule'ia Wall 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Torpedoed Youth Mokule'ia Wall 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Mission Nearly Impossible Mokule'ia Wall 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Weenie Roast Mokule'ia Wall 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Slice of Death Mokule'ia Wall 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Insecticide Mokule'ia Wall 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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Becca Steinbrecher
Boulder, CO
Becca Steinbrecher   Boulder, CO
Anybody want to climb Thanksgiving week 2016?

I'm visiting some family outside of Honolulu and would love to be able to climb some rocks while I'm here! I boulder v2-4 and lead 5.10d. Let me know! Nov 18, 2016
Anyone up for bouldering in waimea bay in Sept 8-13? I'll be flying in from Brooklyn for that time... message me! Jul 27, 2015
Matt Nelson
Pueblo, CO
Matt Nelson   Pueblo, CO
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. Jun 6, 2009

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