This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge prompt from Frank is “Steep”.
This photo could have been one of my last if not for my wife grabbing onto my shirt with all her strength as I slipped, about 100 feet from the top of the trail head, on our return from the top. She was my life saver on that day. Had only a few bruises to show for the fall with no broken bones.
This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge prompt from Frank is “Height“.
My entry for this week is from my trip to Hawaii last year. This photo was taken on my hike up the Koko Head trail. The trail is about 1.5 miles round trip from the parking lot, 1200 feet high ( ~ 1000 feet elevation gain) and up nearly vertical and steep 1048 steps of abandoned railway steps. But the trip was also memorable to me as providence, in the guise of my beloved wife, saved me from near death ( or at least a broken body as I slipped during my return trip. I do not know where she got the strength ( I weigh roughly 1.5X her weight ) to hold on to my shirt without herself slipping and stopping me from rolling down steep 500 feet.
Koko Head Trail, Oahu, Hawaii – September 2017. Last 500 steps up is really steep. As per veloviewer.com statistics, average grade is 39.8% with a maximum grade of 85.8% (https://veloviewer.com/segment/1577261/Koko+Head+Trail+Climb).
As I promised Frank, below is my photo from Capilano Suspension Bridge taken during my trip to Vancouver, BC in December, 2004.