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!
Route Climbed: The road Date Climbed: Aug 2 1985??
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.