Top of the World Haleakala Style
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Haleakala, â€śHouse of the Sun.â€ť This must have been an impressive volcano when active (which I believe was like 400 years ago.) It is ten thousand feet straight up from sea level (about 3000 meters.) The huge crater is about 7 miles (11 km) across, 2 miles (3 km) wide and drops about 2,500 feet (800 m) from the rim. On my several trips to
It is like hiking onto the moonâ€¦or maybe more appropriately onto the surface of Mars. The pictures canâ€™t show you the dominating vibrant reds, complimented by greens, yellows and sparkly black bits of lava.
The first time I hiked the crater, I did it with my brother. Iâ€™m about six foot tall, 175 lbsâ€¦my brother 6â€™3â€ť and probably 235 lbs at the time (heâ€™s a whopping 275 these days!) Needless to say, heâ€™s not particularly built for hiking. We hiked well into the crater, down to a cabin at the floor of the crater for lunch, shot a few pictures of Neneâ€™s running around and headed back. He almost died on the ascent. I had to hike up to the car ahead, retrieve some extra Gatorade and return back down a couple miles and pace him back up. He subsequently lost at least one of his big toenails, maybe bothâ€¦canâ€™t remember precisely.
THIS time, the friend that was with me was also a fairly big guy. I made sure we didnâ€™t go as far because I forget what a hiking machine I can be. Every quarter mile or so after a point I kept asking him how he was doing. When we finally turned back, he did make it up, but was definitely dragging his tail by the time we made it back to the rim. We maybe did 3 miles round trip. Nothing to it, but he was glad I convinced him not to hike down as far as my brother and I had which was his original intentâ€¦more than double the distance.