National Geographic : 1963 Oct
We found the going rough on our ascent to the summit of Mauna Loa'svolcano inHawaii, 1920. Elsie, riding third from the rear, was among the first women to visit the top. Here we see gas and smoke from neighboring Kilauea. "We traveled through this frightful waste," I wrote in the February, 1924, issue, "dis mounting only when the trail became especially rough or our mules sank to their bellies in the powdered glass." I pre dicted that Mauna Loa would eventually be made accessible by easy trails, hotels, and rest houses because "this volcanic height is one of the marvels of the world." But I was wrong. My son traveled to Hawaii earlier this year and found that it is still hard to get to the crater's rim. Those who wish to go up 13,680 feet must do so on foot or over a jeep trail. A tremendous crater, Hale akala holds several smaller ones. We added color by hand.