Here we go… The Napali Coast Trail (3rd time’s a charm)!
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In this episode you’ll learn about the… The Napali Coast Trail (3rd time’s a charm)
- How we missed our chance due to a storm the first time
- We were thwarted by high water the second time
- The rain hit his hard the third time
- But we made it and you can too
- And much, much more.
Links from show
– Napali Coast Camping Permit Hawaii Camping Reservation Page
Hiking the Napali Coast Trail
First Try Failure
1.5 years ago a group of us showed up with permits in hand at the Napali Coast Trail. Only to find that we were 1 day after a major storm that had washed out the trail parking lot, several parts of the trail, and many homes in the area.
It was so bad that people were being rescued by helicopters and jet skis.
The trail stayed closed for over a year before being reopened.
Having a trip planned to Hawaii for the month of November we were all over trying to get another permit to hike or run the trail.
At the time of the trail reopening they were only giving out permits 2 weeks in advance. So, after the trail reopened we put notifications in our calendar to apply for permits 2 weeks prior to being in Kauai.
But when we looked to apply we found that they had changed the permitting process again to being able to reserve permits 90 days in advance.
Again, we were in jeopardy of missing out, but this time it was due to a misfortune of timing.
To our great surprise, we found one (and only one) day with a permit available for the time we’d be in Kauai.
Things were looking up!
This Time We Run
This time we wanted to run the trail. We’d been doing quite a bit of running while living the #vanlife over the last 6 (or so) months, and thought it would be a fun challenge. Also, we didn’t want to haul all of our backpacking gear out to Hawaii for one night.
Running the trail in one day would be a challenge, but 22+ miles was something we’d done several times, and looked forward to the challenge. The interesting part was going to be the 6000 feet of elevation.
22 miles with 6000 feet of elevation isn’t a walk in the park, and we were taking it very seriously. So, we loaded up our running packs with 10+ hours of high energy food, electrolytes, and PerfectAminos
On the day of our scheduled run…
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