This was the leg of our backpacking adventure that I had been dreading. The trail from Paliku Cabin to Holua Cabin would be the longest single leg, at 6.4 miles. However, it wasn’t the mileage that scared me, but the elevation gain. Up to this point, we had been mainly descending from the summit of Haleakala. Paliku Cabin would be the lowest we would be, elevation wise. From Paliku, it would be an uphill climb to Holua Cabin and then to the summit road the following day.
Day two of our Haleakala backpacking adventure started off very early for me. I had a hard time falling asleep between the symphony of snores and tossing and turning in my bunk. When I did fall asleep, it didn’t last for very long. I awoke just as the sun was rising, to the sound of John rearranging his backpack and Mike boiling water in the kitchen. For breakfast, I had one of Joel’s famous Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies, hot chocolate, and some almonds. While preparing for the days hike, I made sure to apply some moleskin to some problem areas on my feet that I noticed the day before. By 9am, we were all packed and ready to leave Kapalaoa Cabin.