We’re having a “run” on Kaupo Gap lately. . . three trips within a few days.

This story is particularly touching. A client, Sara Seager and her six-year old boy Alex (yes, SIX) begged us to take them up the Gap to the Summit, and Sara was surprised when we said yes. But, Sara was convincing — her Alex had hiked numerous mountains and tough trails, even trying to get into the Guiness Book of Records as the youngest to hike various trails, and Kaupo Gap was his next goal. Who were we to say no to such tenacity?

And so, stalwart guide Dylan, who had planned to RUN up the Gap with his marathon friends, decided he’d slow his speed to a six-year old’s pace. They left Upcountry Kula at 4:30 a.m., began the hike at 6 and came out at 8:30 p.m. Much to our relief.

Sara is an MIT professor of physics and planetary science, so walking under the clear night sky at 10,000 feet was a dream come true. She called their Kaupo experience “epic,” and “more spectacular than I had anticipated,” and said Dylan was fabulous and patient (slowing his speed to a six-year old’s legs).

Sara emailed us this touching note: “After my husband died of cancer earlier this summer, I decided to live more purposefully and enable the dreams of my children, students, mentees, and others.  The success of this trip is so empowering that it will have a significant ripple effect for a long time to come.”

Six-year old Alex is dwarfed by Haleakala's massive Crater.

Sara and her hiking boy Alex take a breather on the 16-hour day.