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Old 04-09-12, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Tunnelrat81 View Post
That one's definitely on my list too, but when I was on the big island in January, I was sort of itching to make a go at the Mauna Kea climb. I ended up doing lots of riding, and had a blast overall, but it got me wondering. How hard would the Mauna Kea climb be really. I understand that the last little bit isn't the 'end' would be lower than the actual observatory...but is a Kailua-Kona -> Mauna Kea a realistic goal? Has anyone here done it?

I drove that in a car. It would be epic. The last 5 miles or so are unpaved, and would be extremely challenging on a road bike, with a loose surface, steep, and of course, very little O2. And ending where the pavement ends would be pretty anti-climactic. Also, the difference between 10,000 (Haleakala) and 13,000 (Moana Kea) is huge, in terms of how the altitude affects you (or at least, how it affects me). And then add the extra 40 miles of approach. Epic. Let me know when you're doing it, I'm in.
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