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Winter Mountaineering on the Big Island

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  • Join me in bagging the high point of Hawaii! Mauna Kea stands 13,802 ft above sea level. Climbing it in January is not recommended due to winter conditions. But hey, we're Alaskan Mountaineers!! As a summit reward, we can soak our cold, tired feet in hot sandy beaches afterwards.

    Much of the mountain is under water; when measured from its oceanic base, Mauna Kea is over 133,000 ft tall, making it the world's tallest mountain from base to summit, surpassing Mount Everest. Mauna Kea is about a million years old. There's a high likelihood of snow travel to reach the summit.

    Another summit goal is Mauna Loa. The largest subaerial volcano in both mass and volume, Mauna Loa has historically been considered the largest volcano on Earth. It is an active shield volcano with relatively gentle slopes, with a volume estimated at approximately 18,000 cubic miles, although its peak is about 120 feet  lower than Mauna Kea. Lava eruptions from Mauna Loa are silica-poor and very fluid, and they tend to be non-explosive. Mauna Loa has probably been erupting for at least 700,000 years, and may have emerged above sea level about 400,000 years ago.

    Besides these two peaks, snorkeling & caving are on the agenda.

    I plan to camp, but others are welcome to suggest alternate accommodations.

    Lots of information is available on-line, so please do your research if you have questions.

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  • Shaun E. S.

    Scheduling hand surgery is problematic and it seems the delay may cause recovery to extend into the dates of this trip. Therefore, I am backing out for now. I may rejoin if I find I am able.

    November 10

  • Bernadette

    Looks like a fantastic trip. I can't make the dates but would love to do this on another week. Great idea Jennifer!

    1 · November 1

  • Dave P.


    I am moving back to Hawaii next week and will be living on the Big Island building a hostel.

    Give me a call, I can transport a maximum of 5 people and provide pretrip logistics.

    Dave Park,[masked]

    1 · October 20

    • Dave P.

      you can call me. it's a 135 mile trip, about 13 days due to 0 to 13.5k altitude change.

      October 21

    • Shaun E. S.

      What're the best days and times to telephone? What time zone are you in this week????thanks.

      October 23

  • Paul H.

    Aloha to all participating,
    I live in Maui for 30 years, explored Haleakala from sea to summit and plan on participating in your Mauna Kea summit.

    Certainly have tremendous training ahead mahalo for bringing this amazing adventure in to focus.

    Look forward to communicating with all interested parties over diverse range of inquiries leading up to and after Mauna Kea summit bid 2017

    Mahalo Nui Loa,
    Paul Garrett Hugel

    1 · October 21

  • Shaun E. S.

    I will check my schedule and assess participation when I get home to AK next week (I hope)!

    October 20

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  • Jennifer D.
    Event Host

    Born & raised in AK. Love any new outdoor adventure.

  • Dave P.

    New to mountaineering­ and interested in learning more.

  • Paul H.

    Principal Investigator Scientific Analysis & Visualization of the Environment Program Maui... more

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  • Shaun E. S.
    Assistant Organizer

    Arrive in AK in 1981 and stayed. Retired and playing catch-up on outdoor life.

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