Like how many “H’s” I got into that title? Yeah, me too!
So I am not a hiker, nor do I like to label myself a “hipster,” cause, lets face it, I am not very hip. But I do have certain hipster-tendencies, so I figure that qualifies me to write this post.
When Husband and I went to Kauai one of the items on our must-do list was hiking the Kalalau Trail
on the Na Pali Coast. Only thing is, we don’t hike. We don’t have the shoes, we don’t have the gear, or the experience. And yet, we wanted to make this hike happen!
In the weeks leading up to our trip, we read up on that trail – rough terrain, flash floods, and generally unpredictable hiking conditions. It didn’t sound like something we could actually handle. But the foolish confidence that comes with being on vacation took its toll and before I knew it, we were setting out on the trail…
Note my hiking ensemble – Converse, skinny jeans and a t-shirt I made myself using the Beautiful Mess app
on my iphone. Clearly ready for adventure!
Now, for the tips:
#1. When hiking in Converse the main thing to remember is that you’re a hipster, and you’re a bad- ass. You CAN hike in these ill-suited, slippery shoes, regardless of the looks you’re given from the more experienced, athletic, “outdoorsy” types who are passing you on the trail. Have confidence, watch your step and you’ll be fine. I hiked the first two miles of the Kalalau Trail in my chuck taylors and I didn’t slip once! Endorsement for Converse! Yay!
#2. Take plenty of pictures along the trail and Instagram them as you go… It’s like a hipster security blanket. As long as there is something to Instagram you’ll feel like you belong.
#3. Skinny jeans are actually a fantastic piece of clothing when hiking the Na Pali Coast, as they totally protect your ankles from bug bites and the like. Plus, you’ll look cool. Bonus!
#4. Humming the theme song to Jurassic Park is a sure-fire way to keep your energy up!
#5. When fording a stream, you may want to just keep your shoes on. I did not and it was unpleasant when trying to put them back on with all the massive ants that dominate the Kalalau Trail.
The end of the first two miles of the trail spits you out at a beautiful lagoon, bridging over to a hidden beach with tides too strong for swimming, but just right for watching with a sense of wonder for 10 minutes before heading back up the trail.
So that’s my hipster hints for any of you who may be thinking of tackling this hike. I guess the bottom line is if we can do it, I am sure you can too. Just be sure to wear your skinny jeans!