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

regolithe

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

osatrik

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

JohnMcPike

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

blmcclain

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

SkydiveKen

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

NavySeabee

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

nayrb

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

NanitaD

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

Mountain JimInteresting summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 23, 1998

Mountain Jim

Climbed via the road.
Posted Mar 11, 2006 4:19 am

HerbRoute Climbed: Road end to true summit Date Climbed: May 11, 2004  Sucess!

Herb

Nice experience to travel from 0 m to 4.205 m in a very short time with my girlfriend Irene. Big Island has so many beautiful and partly unique experiences to offer - from lava to snow and from giant-bamboo to waterfalls - densley packed on this exceptional island. Note: We met a pink VW Beetle on the Saddle road... :)
Posted Jan 11, 2006 10:46 am

dysctiDate Climbed: December 23rd  Sucess!

dyscti

No snow, but no other people either which made up for it. :)
Posted Jan 3, 2006 4:03 pm

climberbenRoute Climbed: Drove Date Climbed: 2 May 2005  Sucess!

climberben

We walked out that short little bit with high winds. I feel stupid signing this since we drove up.
Posted Dec 26, 2005 5:31 am

Joseph BulloughRoute Climbed: Humu'ula Trail from Onizuka Visitor Center  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 6, 2005

Joseph Bullough

A clear and excellent day, surprisingly warm (45-ish?) at the summit. Saw a number of cars driving up the summit road, but no other hikers on the trail that day. Saddle Road from Kona was no where near as bad as I expected.
Posted Nov 14, 2005 8:38 am

edlRoute Climbed: Mauna Kea Trail Date Climbed: April, 2000  Sucess!
Most surrealistic hike I've ever done. Topping out among those huge telescope domes is a unique experience. The crux of the climb is driving the Saddle Road.
Posted Sep 23, 2005 4:19 pm

Ed FRoute Climbed: Trail from Visitor's Center Date Climbed: August 25, 2005  Sucess!

Ed F

This is an otherworldly experience. We started the day at our hotel on the ocean, and climbed to almost 14000 feet. The landscape here is truly amazing. The clouds hung at about 6000 feet the entire day, so looking out over the clouds was stunning.



15 miles round trip to the summit, and a start at 9000 feet makes it a long day. Well worth it, though. The altitude didn't really affect me much - I guess I climbed it while I was still acclimated from Colorado.



The only downside is that the final 1.5 miles forces you to hike on the road, which is kind of a bummer after having perfect solitude for 6 miles.



Trip Report: Sea to Sky
Posted Aug 28, 2005 5:45 pm

shknbkeRoute Climbed: from visitors center Date Climbed: July 24, 2005  Sucess!

shknbke

climbed this unique volcano from the visitor's center. I felt the altitude even though I am from CO. Very out of this world experience although the trail isn't too much fun. Met my wife on top.
Posted Jul 31, 2005 6:01 pm

Shane MichelleRoute Climbed: Humu'ula Trail Date Climbed: 6/26/2005  Sucess!
My friend Michelle came up with the bright idea to "hike to the summit!" ... and me being almost equaly crazy said "let's go for it!" We got to the visitor's center and hung out for an hour then began the Humu'ula trail hike at 12:30 pm wanting to make summit by sunset and hitch a ride down, and it was an absolutely beautiful day for the "trek." We both are in pretty good shape, for 47 (me) and 20 (her) year olds, but the trail ascent (steepness) and thin air made it clear that we would "never do this again!" But we did it, hiked to the summit of Mauna Kea in just under 5 hours, watched an amazing sunset and hitched a ride down with 4 crazy englishmen, and it will live in us for the rest of our lives. Thank You Michelle, because if it wasn't for your "bright idea" i would never have gone there, even living here for almost all my life. Having a fear of heights i couldn't drive up there, so hiking it was the ONLY WAY i would experience something so incredible. Now, for Mauna Loa!
Posted Jun 29, 2005 6:28 pm

fortaz107Route Climbed: Main Road Date Climbed: 2001  Sucess!
I've driven up this mountain several times. It's strange to go from sea level to 14,000 in one hour. Getting up there and hiking the remaining few feet to the summit is really tough when youre not used to the altitude. I like the little Hawaiian display of arts and crafts on the summit.

The views from the summit are great. When its clear, you can see Maui and all of the Big Island. Most times the clouds are way below the summit. The last time I was up there, it was the middle of June and it was snowing!

The most popular time of day people go is around sunset so they can catch the day views and then see crystal clear night sky with no city lights.
Posted Jun 27, 2005 8:25 pm

annaleiserabinekDate Climbed: November 20, 2004  Sucess!

annaleiserabinek

Route Climbed: Da road.

Date Climbed: November 20, 2004

Date Signed: Nov 24, 2004 01:14 AM

Big props and much love to Cornvallis for making this a must do on our things to do in Hawaii list. Absolutely beautiful sunset. I'm ready to go back!
Posted Jun 7, 2005 7:06 pm

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