I'm currently en route back from Maui, and what an adventure did I have this weekend!
I flew in last Thursday, where I was picked up at the airport by the Roxy crew. After getting settled into the hotel, our group went out to dinner in Paia for Rosy Hodge's (professional surfer) 26th birthday.
The next morning, the girls all had super early call times. Luckily for me, I was able to spend the day relaxing because of delays in shooting. It was nice to walk around the city and hangout on the beach as well.
On Saturday I got to deep water solo for the first time ever! I would like to give you a huge shout out to the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa for so graciously letting me climb on black rock and to the Climbers Association of Maui for guiding us, you guys are stellar.
The routes were awesome, over a clear blue pool of water. I cannot wait to get back and climb some more.
The next day I got to climb at two different locations. The first area, Secret Beach, was a small band of rocks literally right off of the beach. The established problem was basically a traverse, but there are many direct lines that need developing as well.
The second area we went to was incredible. To get to the problems I had to swim to the beginning of the problem and be lifted up by one of the crew. Big waves were coming in so I was lucky enough to have Matt from the Climbers Association of Maui on the lookout and most of the Maui crew in the water. The bottom of the area we were in was covered in sea urchins so Todd from Roxy helped me swim to the base of the problem for each attempt.
It was definitely crazy bouldering with waves rolling in, and sometimes even hitting me when I was climbing! But I loved the problems and I am so psyched on developing climbing in Maui.
So now I am headed home and off to Colorado on Sunday. I feel like I have been doing a whirlwind amount of traveling and I'm excited to be home for a few days.
On to the next adventure...