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Ascent of Puu Kea on 2015-03-21

Climber: William Musser

Date:Saturday, March 21, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Puu Kea
    Location:USA-Hawaii
    Elevation:13780 ft / 4200 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a little side trip as an adjunct to my main goal to walk up all the way from visitor center (those stats with the Mauna Kea hike trip log) but then stopped short of the summit and hiked down to the W.M. Keck Observatory to meet my wife who was at tour. Then hiked with her back to the saddle hiked up and saw the observatory over at Gemini and then walked back down to the TH and completed the Mauna Kea HP summit with my wife. After completing these goals I allowed her to escort me down by 4 wheel drive to the visitor center. Not a bad deal since the walk up took over 4 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Total Elevation Loss:390 ft / 118 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:120 ft / 36 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 40 ft / 13 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Loss on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:paved roads to Keck Observatory and Gemini
    Start Trailhead:intersection of upper roads  13740 ft / 4187 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:310 ft / 94 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 230 ft / 70 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    End Trailhead:13550 ft / 4130 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Mauna Kea

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Puu Huluhulu2015-03-21 a180 ft / 55 m
2Mauna Kea2015-03-21 b4596 ft / 1401 m
3Kilohana2015-03-21 c188 ft / 57 m
4Puu Kea2015-03-21 d200 ft / 61 m
Total Trip Gain: 5164 ft / 1574 m    Total Trip Loss: 758 ft / 231 m



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