High In The Sky With Smoke On The Water!
After being in Bora Bora we had tried to climb to the top of the mountains on the island but we struggled to find the trial head. Our guide books discussed the idea that one could hike to the top peeks of Bora Bora. We stopped by the information desk at the ferry dock to be told that you need to hire a guide to hike the trail. I guess the reason behind the guide is because last year 3 hikers fell to their death on the mountain climb, and they don’t want that to happen again. So doing what I do best, I went to happy hour and talked with others that had been up the trail and got the location of the trail head. The plan was then made to hike to the top of the mountain starting at 10am and anybody that wanted to come could. We would hike to pt 1 and if possible pt2 as shown in above photo.
At 10am everybody was at the dock and a few more people than I thought but I was stoked to see so many crazy people like me to climb a mountain with no guides and no idea what was up there! I should have known because they are all cruisers that came across the Pacific Ocean. Yup, we are all nuttier then squirrel turds, speaking of squirrels that’s what you needed to be to climb this mountain.
Part of our problem finding the trail head was that you had to walk through a nice and cozy back street off the main street of Bora Bora. Most of the houses were made up of tin and palm leaves with lots of broken down cars but very happy, and wonderful locals waved to us and said hi.
Even the dogs were happy to see us and like this one didn’t even care that we were walking through there neighborhood. Take it easy big guy, what a dogs life!
O yeah remember all that crap about needing a guide well as you can see the sign says that it is strongly “recommended”, not that you need a guide.
Ok so this trial is straight up a mountain and with steep areas that had rope already tied up for your to climb. I won’t lie I did not trust the ropes because I had no idea what they were tied to, I just put that thought out of my mind and went for it.
I was about half way up the mountain when Brain from Osprey snapped this picture. But we still had a long way to go.
Almost to the top of pt1 and you can see my friend Ben up at the top of the picture right at the summit.
Finally made it to the top of pt 1 and what a view.
Looking out you can see the city of Bora Bora and the passage to the right were we sailed into. On the left you can see pt 2 were we climbed next.
This is a 360 degree shot of Bora Bora Island taken by Brain and Richard from Osprey. We were all sitting on pt1 discussing if we should try to climb to pt 2. I was not very excited about the idea but after Ben, Sarah, Adam, and Mark went for it I followed. I always hate missing out.
Well no one fell off the cliff and you are looking back at pt1 from the summit of pt 2. It was a very small area to stand but a amazing view.
I took this video of us standing on pt 2 and held my camera out over the edge and you can see the thousand plus drop off. It was a little intense and made me feel amazing inside to be up there.
Dan from “Red Sun Rising” took a this group photo of us up on pt 2. Just don’t take a step backward because it will be air guys! From Right to left you have Adam, Mark, Ben, Jacques, Sarah.
What goes up must go down so Mark from “Compase Rose” took a video of me climbing down from pt 2 and you can see from the shot that we are on the peak between pts 1 and 2. There is nothing on either side and it was a really cool place to be, loved it.
As we hiked down the mountain we started to hear explosions and then balls of flames. We looked out at the city in a clearing of trees and saw a huge fire on the water front. The smoke was flowing out over the water and Ben saw tanks shooting up into the air exploding. We found out later that its was a tent that had food venders that cough the place on fire. We all made it safely off the mountain and went to happy hour and rested our feet with a beer in hand by 5pm. Not a bad day!