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DigglerRoute Climbed: road & 'trail' Date Climbed: 17 February, 2003  Sucess!


Strange experience. At least the weather was good, and the views from the top were surreal. Check out my trip trip report . Maybe there should be a separate 'Drove my SUV to the Top' summit log.

Posted Mar 17, 2003 12:37 pm

ShawnRoute Climbed: Main road going up Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2002  Sucess!


Wow, what a place! The whole island is amazing, it has everything from S. American lush rain forests, to Southwest US scrub brush and desert landscapes, to white/black/green sand beaches, snowy mountains, active volcanoes ... you name it!

Arrived by 4WD vehicle before sunset and drive from 0ft to almost 14,000ft was a bit much, as you can imagine. As long as you took it easy, no worries, move around too much ... at least one guy was throwing up quite bad.

The top was surprisingly calm with absolutely no wind and chilly. The beaches were around 85-90 degrees F and the summit was around 45 degrees F. That all changes after sunset, the temperature dropped like a rock and even 2-3 layers and winter parkas didn't keep the cold away. Remember that acclimitization, which we didn't do, would have helped in body heating since the body can't do it very well up there.

The views were amazing, especially with the cloud cover around the island. All of the major volanoes were visibile, Hualailai, Kohala, Mauna Loa, etc. The observatories were also very interesting and majestic sitting on top of the world here in the middle of the ocean.

Very impressive place, must experience it.
Posted Sep 24, 2002 11:45 am

BodhiRoute Climbed: Date Climbed: 5.30.2002  Sucess!


OK, so I didn't walk up it. My wife & I rented a 4-Runner in Hilo & drove up. However, at near top, we got out, froze our arses off, & walked the last little bit to the top where the altar is made on the summit, w/ the US geological marker. Killer views (360 degrees) and an amazing view of Mauna Loa. As a mountaineer, I just wanted to stand (technically speaking) on the highest mountain on earth (from the sea floor to above sea level), considering, I'll probably never reach the summit of Everest. It was a trip, to be in shorts in the warm sun at Hilo, and then literally drive up Saddle Road, and up, up, up to over 13,000 feet from sea level, and see snow in Hawaii! I won't forget this day!
Posted Aug 20, 2002 5:01 am

JScolesRoute Climbed: The road Date Climbed: Aug 2 1985??  Sucess!


As part of the Sea to Sky relay race I ran the Marathon leg starting at about 1300m asl and then up form there.

I think my end time was something like 4 20 min all I know I finished but I do not remember much past the 3500m mark except there was a truck in front of me all the way up.

I and two chaps from the USMC were the only ones to finish that day. Only about 20~30 runners and most droped out before the peak becuse it was about 35c out and about 100% humidity.

I the two Mariens came in at about the same time and were driven quickly down and after about 2 hours I remember waking up next to the pair of them in an air conditioned ambulace at the bottom to the peak.

Posted Feb 17, 2002 10:03 am

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