Ascent of Mauna Loa on 2019-04-27

Climber: Jim Doyle

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, April 27, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mauna Loa
    Elevation:13679 ft / 4169 m

Ascent Trip Report

A big thank you to whoever sprayed the yellow marks to guide people up and down!

I got slight altitude illness (mild nausea, light-headedness) - luckily only fifteen minutes short of the summit - so I toughed it out and felt better fairly quickly on the descent. Not surprising considering that I was sleeping at sea level.

In contrast to many other TR's, I did meet an oncoming car on the long single lane road while driving down from the observatory parking lot. It was raining, but happily I saw the other car (an astronomer coming to work in the late afternoon?) thirty seconds before we met, so I had time to find a pull-out on the sharp volcanic rocks and avoid a collision.

All that said, it was still an enjoyable hike: no shortage of volcanic rock to ponder!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy
in the clouds mostly

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