Hawaii Crags Closed After Accident

Date: 8/16/2012

Mokuleia Wall (or the Moke as the locals know it) is a basalt cliff on Oahu with sport routes 40 to 90 feet tall. In June of this year, a 12 year-old girl was critically injured at Mokuleia while participating in a summer camp climbing event sponsored by a local YMCA camp. The girl had to be flown out by helicopter, and the following day the State posted signs along the trailhead closing the area indefinitely.

Concerns raised by the accident at Mokuleia caused the Department of Hawaiian Homelands to close another crag, Makapuu, which sits on Oahu's windward (east) side. Liability appears to be the main concern in both closures. Both crags are important resources for Hawaii climbers, and the Access Fund is working with a group of local climbers and business owners on short- and long-term options for re-opening both crags. Big thanks to all of our Hawaii members who are helping out with this effort.

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