November 11, 2007 7:24 PM
Mo'orea Hiking Adventures
Hiking here is extreme - or can be, if you'd like to tackle razor-thin ridgelines and climb to the peak of the tallest mountains possible. Beauty everywhere.
Pointing at Mt. Rotui from 3 Pines
Hiking through Hibiscus tiliaceous
The Mouaputa crew
Cul Mouapu was my first adventure on a mountaintop here in Mo'orea. A friend and I scrambled up a near-vertical slope of mud and rounded basalt rocks, through Inocarpus fagifer and Hibiscus tiliaceous, (dodging a very angry pig on our way down). It pushed me to an extreme of hiking that I had never experienced before. I was glad that I did it, though, because later that week I realized it was just a baby trail, a primer for those that were to come.
I've climbed Rotui twice- making it to the peak only the second time. I was rained out 3/4 of the way up on my first attempt. It's incredibly challenging to climb up vertical waterfalls of mud in the middle of a torrential tropical storm.
Also did the far-easier, more tourist-friendly (hearty tourists, still) to 3 Pines peak and cross-island trail. Wandered through the trails by the Belvedere and several other minor, but fun, touristy trails in Opunahu Valley.
Today I climbed Mt. Mouaputa. It's 762 meters high, with beautiful views of the island. With the assistance of Victor, the friendly English-speaking local, our group of 4 undergrads and 1 PHD student made it through the forest, up mountainside and ropes to the peak
Ropes of Mouaputa
Me climbing a rope at Mouaputa.
Going home in a week. More trails to come.
Posted by Marissa Ponder | 2007-11-15
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