Completion on Mauna Kea

Completion on Mauna Kea

Joined: August 10th, 2009, 8:53 pm

March 12th, 2012, 7:24 am #1

I completed the 50 state highpoints last week on Mauna Kea! We had perfect weather until we reached the final mile, where we encountered very heavy winds. A ranger told us the wind speed was 51MPH at at one of the observatories. It seemed even higher than that on the actual summit but that merely served to add a nice exclamation point to my final state highpoint.

I also completed my State Highpoint Album over on SummitPost.



-George Naxera
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

March 12th, 2012, 11:40 am #2

That's awesome, George. Glad that you got to finish on a great mountain in interesting conditions. I hope I'm not too many years behind you in completing the quest myself.

-Puma/Catamount
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Joined: August 2nd, 2001, 8:13 pm

March 12th, 2012, 1:20 pm #3

I completed the 50 state highpoints last week on Mauna Kea! We had perfect weather until we reached the final mile, where we encountered very heavy winds. A ranger told us the wind speed was 51MPH at at one of the observatories. It seemed even higher than that on the actual summit but that merely served to add a nice exclamation point to my final state highpoint.

I also completed my State Highpoint Album over on SummitPost.



-George Naxera
Looks like a beautiful day on Mauna Kea. Congratulations on completing the 50! I'm seven behind you...none of the easy ones left, of course!
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Joined: January 23rd, 2004, 1:04 am

March 12th, 2012, 1:24 pm #4

I completed the 50 state highpoints last week on Mauna Kea! We had perfect weather until we reached the final mile, where we encountered very heavy winds. A ranger told us the wind speed was 51MPH at at one of the observatories. It seemed even higher than that on the actual summit but that merely served to add a nice exclamation point to my final state highpoint.

I also completed my State Highpoint Album over on SummitPost.



-George Naxera
Kongratulations George! Looking at your album on SummitPost I noticed that the time of year you chose to summit some of these peaks didn't seem to be much of a factor. A winter climb of Mt. Washington is always a challenge and most wait until summer months for attempting the Rockpile. Well done; it's a great accomplishment.
Happy Trails & Safe Climbs. Stony
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Joined: June 21st, 2006, 11:43 am

March 13th, 2012, 3:31 am #5

I completed the 50 state highpoints last week on Mauna Kea! We had perfect weather until we reached the final mile, where we encountered very heavy winds. A ranger told us the wind speed was 51MPH at at one of the observatories. It seemed even higher than that on the actual summit but that merely served to add a nice exclamation point to my final state highpoint.

I also completed my State Highpoint Album over on SummitPost.



-George Naxera
that is a great finish. Hope our paths meet again.
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Joined: August 10th, 2009, 8:53 pm

March 13th, 2012, 1:04 pm #6

That's awesome, George. Glad that you got to finish on a great mountain in interesting conditions. I hope I'm not too many years behind you in completing the quest myself.

-Puma/Catamount
Thanks Mark. It's great to hear from you. You must be getting pretty close to finishing the state highpoints by now. Best of luck with your goal!
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Joined: August 10th, 2009, 8:53 pm

March 13th, 2012, 1:17 pm #7

Looks like a beautiful day on Mauna Kea. Congratulations on completing the 50! I'm seven behind you...none of the easy ones left, of course!
Thanks Alan. Sounds like you saved the best for last. Good luck with the tough peaks!
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Joined: August 10th, 2009, 8:53 pm

March 13th, 2012, 1:22 pm #8

Kongratulations George! Looking at your album on SummitPost I noticed that the time of year you chose to summit some of these peaks didn't seem to be much of a factor. A winter climb of Mt. Washington is always a challenge and most wait until summer months for attempting the Rockpile. Well done; it's a great accomplishment.
Happy Trails & Safe Climbs. Stony
Thanks Stony. As a Midwesterner, I found that doing some of the HPs in winter is a good way to sharpen my winter mountaineering skills. A winter ascent of Mt Washington, in particular, is a great prerequisite for some of the higher western peaks. Cheers!
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Joined: August 10th, 2009, 8:53 pm

March 13th, 2012, 1:25 pm #9

that is a great finish. Hope our paths meet again.
Thanks Doug. With only 2 more to go, I look forward to seeing your completion report. Good luck with Denali and Mauna Kea!
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

March 13th, 2012, 5:24 pm #10

Thanks Mark. It's great to hear from you. You must be getting pretty close to finishing the state highpoints by now. Best of luck with your goal!
Unfortunately no closer now than when I left SP. Still 5 toughies to go. Going big this summer, however, with a month-long trip where I'll be attempting Hood, Rainier, Gannett and Granite. All the best to you in your continued mountain pursuits.
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