Ascent of Mauna Kea on 2003-07-10

Climber: Stephen Wark

Others in Party:Wendy
Date:Thursday, July 10, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mauna Kea
    Elevation:13796 ft / 4205 m

Ascent Trip Report

My wife and I parked at the observation center at 6,000 and decided to take a crack at the most distant of the high peaks. Our plan was a fast and light approach, and it worked. We followed a trail up the side, and it got progressively colder. This trip was like hiking on the moon, with craters everywhere! At about 12,500, we found the most amazing mountain lake, watered up, and made our way to the true summit. Once there, it was interesting to see that there was a prayer alter of some sort on top. We paid our respects, had a very late lunch amd prepared to walk down. As it turned out, we were offered a ride down at the service road and accepted - very comfy!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear

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