What to Bring

Take care and beware of your footware

if your shoes don’t last the entire trip, it’s a long way back in just your socks!

Take care and beware of your footwear!

Journey to the sea People love to sign up for our tour then show up with all kinds of footwear, everything from slippers to cowboy boots. I know how we all love our old comfortable hiking shoes that fit oh so good, but for this advanced lava hike you must inspect them well before attempting to make this 5.5 mile round trip over heated lava tubes. The lava is very sharp and takes it’s toll on those old dry rotted boots you broke out of the closet just before your trip.

You must take care and beware of your footwear so that you can enjoy this hike to it’s fullest! Just last night on our hike back out from the ocean entry, I had to stop and break out a roll of duct tape (Thank God For Duct Tape) and repair a pair of old hiking boots after Bob had walked the soles off of them. believe it or not we’ve patched and duct taped about 9 pairs of shoes in the last 2 years.

Choose your footwear wisely!

The hazards of footwear can spoil a good hike fast, when it comes to crossing over HOT Lava tubes, silicon glass, and warm vents. The old fashioned sneakers are a preferred hiking shoe for people on vacation, but don’t be fooled they glue the layers on the sole and the heat from under your feet can loosen the glue and off with the shoe.

Comfort is one of the most important factors, but not the only one so be sure to inspect and select what works for you. You must also remember that if your shoes don’t last the entire trip or they can’t handle the rocks it’s a long way back in just your socks. I recommend you choose them wisely and enjoy your trip without slip, cause you don’t want to break a hip!! So check your gear and we will see you here.

-Aloha, Scott

About the Author

Scott Collamore

Scott owns Aloha Lava Tours with his beautiful wife Cheryl. An avid hiker and professional lava enthusiast, Scott has design experience creating hiking trails for Teller County Parks and Recreation in the gold mining town of Cripple Creek Colorado. After years of enjoying the cool mountain ranges, the opportunity to work on an engineering project in Hawaii came and he took it! Now he hikes to the lava at least 4 times a week and heads back to Colorado every fall to get time up in the mountains.


  1. Will be there September 7-15th. My wife and I would love to take the tour. I have a pair of boots but my wife does not, could you recommend a good pair of womens hiking boots?

  2. Great site & the lava hikes look awesome! Would love to do one if the lava cooperates next month. Interesting to hear you worked in Teller County as we live in WP–small world!! :)

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