Mauna Kea Climbing Notes

  • July 22, 2019
    Rob Jenkins from United States

    I have been watching the news regarding the TMT protest occurring right now on Mauna Kea, and have read reports of the road to the summit being closed. I have a trip planned for next month to The Big Island, and am attempting to hike Mauna Kea from surf to summit. I understand that the current situation is unpredictable regarding it's duration and outcome, but am wondering if it will be possible to hike up the access road and summit trail, or if all access is being denied? Many thanks in advance for any responses.

  • April 06, 2019
    Kellye Just from United States

    Thank you Deborah for saying that!
    If you are planning a hike , walk, or climb above 8000 feet, please please please bring adequate gear. Those of us who come prepared don't much appreciate hauling all that stuff up the mountain so you can use it. We haul it up so WE can use it.
    Please , if you don't know your ten essentials and how to use them, at least bring clothing for freezing conditions, extra food, and at least a liter of water per person. You endanger us all if you don't.

  • March 29, 2015
    Deborah Patterson from Canada

    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