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Ascent of Sleeping Giant Mountain on 2015-03-26

Climber: Dustin Erickson

Date:Thursday, March 26, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sleeping Giant Mountain
    Location:Fiji Islands
    Elevation:3816 ft / 1163 m

Ascent Trip Report

We stayed in the village Abaca in the hills outside of Lautoka. Very nice people with some great local trails. The kiwis (New Zealand) have built a fabulous hut up on the ridge with amazing sunset views out to the Yasawa and Mamanuca groups. It is stocked with bunks, dishes and fuel, but unfortunately when we were there the rooftop rain catchment was broken so the last fill for water was in the stream an hour or so down the hill. From there you can follow a trail that goes up the ridge behind the hut, it is pretty overgrown and a machete would help fend the vegetation back, but it was manageable for the 1st hour to a saddle whereupon I stumbled upon a very small lean too shelter the kiwis must have also built and the roof catchment worked and the water was clean and tasty! From here there was windfall for a few hundred yards to the summit that made travel more like a kids jungle gym than hiking, but I made it! Beware of ginormous spider webs and their residents on the ridgeline. There are some large Dakua trees especially down in the upper basins, but they are hard to reach. I am told the largest is above the waterfall near the village and take 5 people to reach around. Believable after seeing the Kauri in New Zealand. Too bad most have been logged for war canoes long ago. This is an underutilized peak ever since the landslide washed out the northern access to the peak and it is growing over slowly. Take a machete and clean it up a bit as this is some adventurous solitude for your Fiji trip before you get back to the beaches and diving.
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