The Big Island Traverse – Just the Facts
The Big Island Traverse was an epic adventure through the realm of the gods providing us with ample opportunities to push our physical and mental limits. My mind reels and my body aches as the full gravity of our journey emerges into consciousness. There were good times had and lessons learned and there are stories to tell, but not today.
Travel Day #1
Start – 1745 on May 19, 2010
End – 1230 on May 20, 2010
Route – Ascent from Holei and Chain of Craters Road to Escape Road to Crater Rim Trail to Mauna Loa Road to Pu'u ula'ula.
Time on feet – 18:30
Distance Covered: ~42 miles
Elevation Change- Sea-level to 10,035 feet
Travel Day #2
Start -0600 on May 21, 2010
End – 0130 on May 22, 2010
Route – Ascent from Pu'u ula'ula to Mauna Loa Summit with descent of the Mauna Loa Weather Observatory Road to Pu'u Huluhulu at the Saddle Road.
Time on feet – 19:30
Distance Covered: ~37 miles
Elevation Change- 10,035 feet to 13,677 feet to 6,632 feet
Travel Day #3
Start -0830 on May 22, 2010
End – 1630 on May 23, 2010
Route – Ascent from Pu'u Huluhulu to Mauna Kea Access Road to Onizuka Visitor's Center to Humu'ula Trail to Pu'u Wekiu (Mauna Kea Summit) with return descent of Mauna Kea Access Road to Pu'u Huluhulu and descent of the Saddle Road to Mamalahoa Highway to Waimea to Kawaihae Road to Spencer Beach Park.
Time on feet – 32:00
Distance Covered: ~79 miles
Elevation Change- 6,632 feet to 13,796 feet to sea-level
Total Time: 94 hours and 30 minutes
Total Time on Feet: 70 hours
Total Distance: ~ 158 miles