*Update See Below* Today’s KO: Mauna Kea Sledder Hits Rocks

Just noticed this harsh clip that was posted earlier.

Snow on top of Mauna Kea is great… but you have to watch out for those random rocks!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiF3gLHypzA&hl=en&fs=1]

*update*

Andrew Cooper knows where this location is.

He recently blogged:

…I recognize the spot where this sledder is coming down, the side of Pu’u Hau Kea. Considering you have to hike up the side of the slope (no road) at over 13,000ft altitude, that is a lot of effort for a very bumpy ride! The slope is very steep, which explains the sledder’s speed and the result.

Probably a safer ride today, enough snow to bury those particular rocks.

One Response

  1. Bodyboarding on Mauna Kea is serious stuff for folks who don’t take precautions. I worked on a story in 2002 about a gal who suffered some major facial injuries when she went flying into rocks.
    Photo is here: http://archives.starbulletin.com/2002/01/10/news/briefs.html

    Messed up story (html-wise) is here: http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/articles/2002/01/09/news/news2.txt

    Also note that without eye protection some folks have gotten snow blindness up there. We’re talking permanent retinal damage. Also if you don’t like skin cancer sunscreen is a must up there along with plenty of hydration for the thin, dry atmosphere.

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