Ascent of Mauna Kea on 2009-01-01
|Others in Party:||Duane Gilliland|
|Date:||Thursday, January 1, 2009|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Summit:||Car|
| Elevation:||13796 ft / 4205 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe road had been plowed and the gate opened for the annual New Years Day access to the peak so folks can load their pickups with snow for snowball fights in the tropics. We benefited from this unexpected opportunity, drove to the observatories in an extremely windy white-out, donned our warm clothes, and followed the GPS to the pre-loaded waypoint, following the go-to arrow to the summit that we would NEVER have found without the GPS in those conditions. Actually, we wouldn't have even tried without the GPS because there was no guarantee we would find our way back to the car either!
Duane Gilliland and me on the summit of Mauna Kea
|Summary Total Data|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cold, Very Windy, White-out|
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