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SFMountaineerDrove to the top
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2006


Alas, my sister got altitude sickness so I didn't have a chance to walk over to the actual summit. However it doesn't really matter, it is one of the most serene and beautiful places in the world.
Posted Apr 17, 2007 12:17 pm

JPFINN81Mauna Kea Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2007


This was unreal! The views were amazing and the landscape was out of this world. I felt like I was on the moon, not on a tropical island! The air was thin and the final push was tough, but it was all worth it.
Posted Apr 3, 2007 8:32 pm

atavistams in paradise  Sucess!


I actually felt some altitude sickness. It doesn't help to go from sea level to the summit in <6 hours.
Posted Apr 2, 2007 11:23 am

Jerry SWelcomed the ride down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 24, 2007

Jerry S

Left Kona around 6:30am, arrived at visitor center at 8:00. It doesn't open until 9, but there was a ranger there to provide instructions to the trail head.
After that, it was a pretty straight forward hike to the summit. I took the detour to the lake at 13,000ft, and it was well worth it. Hung out there for 20 min to eat, then made my push to the summit. I was huffing after 12,500, but made it to the summit after a total of about 4:45. Left the summit at 1:00pm, at about 12,500ft, the ranger drove by and offered a ride down, I took it.
Nice hike - the ranger said they get about 5-7 hikers a week, so if you want solitude in HI, this is the one.
Saw two patches of snow covering a total area of about 2ft.
Posted Mar 26, 2007 7:55 am

The edgeHP #36  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 9, 2002

The edge

Right in the middle of a school session...
We flew there and stayed two days...
One day to summit and the other one to tour the island...
Thanks again Philip for the opportunity!!!
Posted Mar 14, 2007 3:54 pm

lizrdboyRoad Trip  Sucess!


Yeah, we drove it, not very sporting. The telescopes were in interesting though.
Posted Mar 5, 2007 3:22 am

WallylongridgeThe Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 5, 1984


The road and the trail. Feel a little slow at about 12,000ft, but was able to made it to the top. Saw lots of people sitting around in Downsuits and me in shorts and a tee-shirt.
Posted Feb 15, 2007 10:47 pm

forjanHumu`ula Trail from Onizuka Visitor Center  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2006


Left my hotel in Kona just past 6am. Arrive at the Onizuka Visitor Center (9,200') by 7:45am. Started hiking from there at 8:15am on the Humu`ula Trail (Mauna Kea Trail). Took a quick side trip to visit Lake Wai`au then traveled clockwise to check out all the telescopes (from the CalTech submillimeter telescope to the UK infrared telescope). Made the summit by 12:05pm. Stayed there for about half an hour. Started going down at 12:35pm. I tried hitch-hiking but no one gave me a ride, so I had to walk back down the trail. Got to my rental car by 2:15pm (6 hrs car-to-car). Fun, easy day on top of Hawaii.
Posted Nov 29, 2006 4:13 pm

Joerg MarretschSorry for driving!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2006

Joerg Marretsch

Start hiking Humu'ula Trail from Onizuka Visitor Center early in the morning. Due to more badly becoming weather (strong winds, clouds and falling temperatures) I gave up after one hour. Hike down to the rental-car (4WD) and drove up to the summit. Visibility at summit below 50 ft.
Posted Oct 28, 2006 2:38 pm

Matt WorsterHoneymoon and a high point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2006

Matt Worster

Done during our honeymoon on the Big Island. Ain't my wife grand? :-) I check the "successful" box with a wry grin. Heehee!
Posted Oct 8, 2006 6:00 am

Dan the JonesSnow
Date Climbed: Jan 23, 2005

Dan the Jones

Snow on Hawai'i - how crazy is that.
Posted Sep 19, 2006 3:42 am

regolitheLongest Day!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2006


This was an interesting day, We saw volcanoes, and were at sea level, and on top of a near 14,000 footer in the same day. Amazing.
Posted Sep 15, 2006 10:19 pm

osatrikNo snow!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 2, 1986


My daughter and I reserved a potential ski adventure in Hawaii in 1986, alas a year of little to no snow in the islands. We hiked from Hale Pohaku. This was Vanessa's first 10,000 ft peak, but we hitch-hiked down to get back to the beach! I remember a fuel truck passing us on the way up -- he was going about 5 miles an hour. This was number 9 of my 49 state high points and Vanessa's 39.
Posted Aug 14, 2006 8:07 pm

JohnMcPikeMade it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2006


It was an awesome terrain like no place else on earth. We did one of those tours at dusk because we didn't want to cope with driving. It was great we didn't have to drive to the top but we didn't think it was worth the price they charged. Anyhoo--still glad we did it.
Posted Jul 28, 2006 3:42 am

blmcclainRoute Climbed: Road end to true summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2006


Drove to the top, slipped on some pants and a jacket (board shorts and a tee isn't what the natives had in mind up here!) stumbled over the cable and hike (or jogged rather) to the top of the summit (maybe a 1/4 mi away). Great views, spectacular sunset, and more stars than I've ever seen in my entire life. Got a good look at my next Hawaian peak to conquer....Manua Loa.
Posted Jun 20, 2006 10:21 pm

SkydiveKenQuick Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 12, 2005


My third highpoint. Met my friend Wayne at the airport, drove to the observatory and walked over to the summit. Not very strenuous but this is Hawaii and I was on vacation with the family... quick and dirty.
Posted Jun 18, 2006 4:30 am

NavySeabeeMy First Highpoint!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2005


Took the easy route to the summit via the road. Ran into the author of one of the best tour books written for Hawaii called "Big Island Revealed". Look for my wife and I posing at the summit in the 4th edition when released. Weather was pretty mild. Absolutely amazing place!!
Posted May 3, 2006 7:31 pm

nayrbHighest Mountain in the World ... from the Sea Floor  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2002


Made it to the summit w/ my lovely bride. Since I probably will never get the chance to summit Everest ... I thought I would try to climb the highest mountain in the world ... if you consider it from the sea floor of the Pacific Ocean.
Posted Apr 9, 2006 11:57 pm

NanitaDHiked up the road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 23, 1998


When we started in the dark and missed the trailhead so just hiked up the road about 3/4 of the way. After several people stopped to offer rides we finally accepted one from someone who worked at one of the observatories. Once on top we hiked out to the true summit then ended up getting a ride back to the visitor's center.
Posted Apr 1, 2006 1:40 pm

Larry VHumu'ula Trail, March 2006  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 25, 2006

Larry V

Good trail when you could see it. Lots of snow above 12,500'. Two feet of rime ice on summit. Lots of threatening clouds, visibility below 50' at times. I was relieved when the trail route joined the road. Cold, high winds on summit. I got down just before a rare hailstorm ensued. 7 hours round trip from visitor center trailhead. 13 miles round trip.
Posted Mar 28, 2006 4:34 am

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