The Rowlenkes on the summit

The Rowlenkes on the summit

Paul K. and Michelle R. on the summit on a picture-perfect early March day in 2007. The summit (Puu Wekiu) is just little taller than Puu Kea (where the observatories are behind us). You have to park at the observatories and cross a small saddle to get to the top. Even at that short distance it can be a workout at the high altitude. I mean, look at me. I was trim and neat when I started from the car. In the picture I look a disheveled mess. Or do I always look that way? Hmmmmm?
on Mar 13, 2007 4:42 am
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Don Nelsen

Don Nelsen - Mar 13, 2007 4:18 pm - Voted 10/10


not always, but often enough to be entertaining. BTW, what do you make of that benchmark-on-a-pole? I was wondering if the ground has eroded that much since it was placed or if it started out on a pole for some unknown reason - I'm leaning towards the erosion theory.


Klenke - Mar 14, 2007 6:39 am - Hasn't voted


I've seen several benchmarks on a pole in my time (examples: Gypsy Peak in NE WA and Larch Mountain in the Capitol Forest). I don't think it's erosion exposing more of the pole, although Mauna Kea is known to be getting shorter. 500,000 years ago it was 3500 feet taller than it is today. I think poles are used when no suitable rock is available to stamp the benchmark onto.

I put up this lava page tonight with pictures. Have a look.

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