40% less oxygen, UV sunburn, cold wind at 13,796 feet

Went up to the summit of Mauna Kea for work today. Click on the image above for a 360 degree spin on the summit where you’ll see a lele (altar) on the summit, Mauna Loa and observatories. Movie is 1.8MB in size.

I’m on the edge of Lake Waiau, the highest, shallowest lake in Hawaii and the third highest lake in the United States at 13,020 feet.

It’s amazing how tired a person can get hauling a bag full of camera gear at high altitude after a drive up from sea-level. Next time I’m leaving the bag in the car.

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