Ascent of Kilauea on 1986-10-05

Climber: Joe Stawasz

Others in Party:wife
Date:Sunday, October 5, 1986
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:4090 ft / 1246 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was part of aday trip that my wife and I took driving around the entire Big Island of Hawaii.We started the day from our hotel in Kona.I will only report on our trip to Kilauea in this report.You can basicly do many things in Volcanos National Park.Before actually getting to the Park Headquarters there are many trails that you can take.Some of the roads that you take in the park have been Lava flows over a lot of them.You can drive to the edge of the road and take many trails that have been taken by many.Depending on the weather it can be extremly hot when walking through the park.It would be a wise idea to take water,food, and insect repellent with you.As someone who is extremly interested in Geology,its very fascinating to actually go to the park HQ'S to see maps of the last few decades and centuries of lava flows,that continue to this day.You can actually drive on the chain of craters road.I found it actually interesting that you can walk to the edge of the volcano itself,with no ropes or barrierrs to the actual volcano.The day that we were there the volcano was not actually erupting.But we found out the next day it started again and has erupted continuously for the last 22 years or so.You actually have the ability to walk through Lava tubes and a lot of flora that appears no where else on earth.One thing that I would suggest to everyone.Whether you believe this or not its up to you.Many people have over the years have taken volcanic rocks and or black sand from the park.I would recomend that you leave ALL VOLCANIC ROCKS in the park.DO NOT TAKE ANY HOME TO THE MAINLAND.What we found was that things started to happen to us,Strange things.And when we actually mailed the volcanic rocks/sand back to the Volcano HQ,all these things stopped.The Park HQ'S have received literally hundreds of packages a year from visitors to the park who take them home with them. Its just a recommendation to you
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Trailhead:3790 ft / 1155 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
hot and balmy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 

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