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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

January 5th, 2005, 4:23 am #1

I will try to post 2005 Mauna Kea articles here.

The newsblog link is:
http://americasroof.com/wp/archives/cat ... tes/hawaii/
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

January 5th, 2005, 4:24 am #2

The Honolulu Star Bulletin reports that storms with subzero temperatures and 80 mph winds dumped 6 to 12 inches of snow on the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa summits prompting closing of the road. The storms also resulted in 30 foot waves on Oahu's north coast and pushed a foot of sand onto the road leading into Kaena Point State Park
http://starbulletin.com/2005/01/04/news/story13.html

The American Observatory webpage has links to some dramatic webcams of the snow.
http://deneb.bu.edu/swobserv/maunakea/index.html

Hawaii Entry on Weblog
http://americasroof.com/wp/archives/cat ... tes/hawaii/
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 9:07 pm

January 5th, 2005, 8:25 am #3

I will try to post 2005 Mauna Kea articles here.

The newsblog link is:
http://americasroof.com/wp/archives/cat ... tes/hawaii/
Luckily we were up there a week ahead of this big storm, and had a great hike up. I'll post the trip report and a couple of pic links in the trip report section.
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Joined: January 22nd, 2004, 8:36 pm

January 5th, 2005, 6:10 pm #4

The Honolulu Star Bulletin reports that storms with subzero temperatures and 80 mph winds dumped 6 to 12 inches of snow on the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa summits prompting closing of the road. The storms also resulted in 30 foot waves on Oahu's north coast and pushed a foot of sand onto the road leading into Kaena Point State Park
http://starbulletin.com/2005/01/04/news/story13.html

The American Observatory webpage has links to some dramatic webcams of the snow.
http://deneb.bu.edu/swobserv/maunakea/index.html

Hawaii Entry on Weblog
http://americasroof.com/wp/archives/cat ... tes/hawaii/
Does the observatory own a snowplow in order to clear the road for access? I'm planning on going in early February, and intend on hiking, however if worse comes to worse, I'd like to know that it would be possible to drive...

Daniel
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 6:42 pm

January 5th, 2005, 8:02 pm #5

Yes, there are snow plows on Mauna Kea. This, however, does not guarantee that the road will be open. After a recent snowfall, it may take a while to clear the snow.
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Joined: August 8th, 2003, 5:27 am

January 7th, 2005, 7:45 am #6

Luckily we were up there a week ahead of this big storm, and had a great hike up. I'll post the trip report and a couple of pic links in the trip report section.
I am looking for recommendations for the Hawaii highpoint.

I will be in Kauai next week and will only have time to fly in and do a drive up of Mauna Kea.

Is it worth the expense to do a drive up or should I hold off and hope for a future trip to the big island to do the full 12 hour hike?
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 9:07 pm

January 7th, 2005, 8:57 am #7

It really all depends on when you might be back in Hawaii again, and how important it is to you to touch that highpoint right away. If you don't have any personal reasons for wanting to make a full 12-hour hike Mauna Kea, i don't particularily recommend that you do it. Worthwhile yes, but must-see must-do...no. But it seems almost criminal to go to the Big Island and not at least have a couple days to see Kilauea and Waipio Valley...two very unique places on the entire planet.

So if you think you'll make it back someday, i'd save the whole island for when you have minimum 3-4 days to do everything. If you're not sure you will ever do that, then perhaps just walk the trail from the visitor center to the summit. It takes anywhere from 3-6 hours or more, depending on your fitness and acclimation, and by most accounts it's common to hitchhike back down to the visitor center. If you have more time on the island after that, head to Kilauea.
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 3:15 pm

January 7th, 2005, 4:59 pm #8

I am looking for recommendations for the Hawaii highpoint.

I will be in Kauai next week and will only have time to fly in and do a drive up of Mauna Kea.

Is it worth the expense to do a drive up or should I hold off and hope for a future trip to the big island to do the full 12 hour hike?
Having observed both the Kea climb and the Loa climb, I recommend you do the Mauna Loa climb (volcano next to Mauna Kea). The landscape is more interesting to walk across (lava vs cinder). Drive up Kea and spend the extra time wandering the summit. IMHO, John M.
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Joined: January 24th, 2004, 8:34 pm

January 7th, 2005, 7:44 pm #9

I may be returning to the Big Island this year and I want to climb Mauna Loa. Which side of the mountain do you recommend hiking up, from the saddle or the long hike from Volcanos Nat'l Park?
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 9:07 pm

January 7th, 2005, 8:40 pm #10

This is mainly an Oahu hiking forum, but it does have a section for the Big Island, and you may get some experienced answers if you post your route questions even in the general category.

http://forum.backyardoahu.com/
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