Friday, May 17, 2013
Personal Update & Pre Mauna Loa
I am going to summit Mauna Loa this weekend from the longest route for training. There are three different trail systems leading to the top. I would like to do it in a day, but it is super slow to ascend, the elevation goes from 6000' to just below 14,000', it should end up being over 32 miles round trip, the cairns (rock piles) marking the trail are the same color as the surrounding rock and the trail winds in crazy directions, often you have to stand next to a cairn scan around for about 300 degrees to locate the next cairn before you can move forward. Most people turn this hike into at least a three day hike due to rugged terrain and adjusting to altitude and temperature. There are two cabins along the way, one at around 10,000' and one about a 1000' below the summit. I can't really run it, because I have to have a backpack with camping gear in case I start heading towards hypothermia because of minimal layers of clothes I wear hiking, or if I get altitude sickness. I usually am not that prone to either, but anyone is suseptable to either. And, with two kids, you want to return home at the end if the hike.