– Lat/Long: 19.82° N 155.47° W

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Mauna Kea mountain guide

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Mauna Kea

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Snow surfing a cone near the summit, Mauna Kea photo

Mauna Kea

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Mauna Kea

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“My god it’s full of stars”, Mauna Kea photo

Mauna Kea

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Mauna Kea

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  • Elevation: 4205 m
  • Difficulty: Walk up
  • Best months to climb: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • Convenient center: Hilo, Hawaii

Mauna Kea Climbing Notes

Deborah Patterson from CANADA writes:

I've climbed Mauna Kea 5 times and going for my 6 tomorrow or Wed next week. What I have observed on the mountain is that some people are ill prepared for the climb. Without the proper clothing, water and fuel to make the trek. On several occasions I have had to give people water and energy bars. On your web site you tell people it's a serious altitude climb but most people don't know what this means. I would stress this point more and maybe post a gear list for them to follow. Last Jan I climbed it and counted around 12 people on the mountain more than I've ever seen but only 5 made it up and down.
It's a beautiful climb up the mountain and I never get tired of it.

Deborah Patterson


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