The kind of rescue rangers don't usually end up doing...
Crazy, yeah? And to think I was frustrated to be stuck at work overnight due to snow :-). One question for anyone following this post ... the article I read referred to this guy getting a back country permit to "hike the park's (Mauna Loa) coast" ... where would that be? I am assuming NOT VNP but maybe south point or somewhere like that?
I don't think they're referring to any "Mauna Loa coast", just the "... remote coastal area within the park’s 330,000-acre boundaries." as in Volcanoes National Park coastline. I've done the Halape coastline hike which ends at a beach where you camp and requires a backcountry permit. It was hard but at least no danger of whiteout!
It's cool at least this guy did everything right, as they said, he had a permit and was very fit. But it does go to show that even the very fit people can be caught off guard up there.
He didn't take enough warm clothing, shelter , or food. He reportedly had been to the top before, so he was aware of the extremely windy, cold, and dry conditions. He's very lucky.
We have a current poster who wants to hike up Mauna Loa, but I forget which topic it is in. I was thinking they should see this just to be aware.
Yes, Halape, as Shea says, is the sea level camping in VNP that is backpack in only and by wilderness permit.
Yes, I directed him to this topic. He's talking about coming in late September and early October now though so it should be ok. It looks like a pretty awesome hike if you're in very good shape and accustomed to mountaineering. Too cold for me! :-)
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