Do not bring these things with you up the mountain.
- Loose trash in your car. High winds
blow the trash out your door when you get out at the top.
- Pregnant women or children
under 16 years old (Due to atmospheric conditions at summit).
- Anyone with high blood pressure,
heart or respiratory conditions (see above).
- Scuba divers with less than 24 hours
before their last dive.
- Don't bring any drunk people (or
stoopid people for that matter).
Things to bring with you on any snow boarding trip on top of
- A four wheel drive vehicle.
- A properly layered under garment set with a water-proof shell (cold
- Sunglasses or goggles.
- A hat or stocking cap.
- Candy bars or Power bars.
- Water (It's best to start drinking lots of water the day before your
- Empty cooler to collect free ice.
- A buddy that can go get help.
- Extra gloves and any extra equipment you feel
like loaning your snow boarding friends.
- Extra t-shirts, socks, stocking caps or hats, hoodie or jackets.
- Extra water or chocolate.
- Extra snow board and snow board boots.
- A flashlight.
Tips for your trip up the mountain.
- Drive slow. Even new cars can overheat from the climb.
- Make sure you stop at the Onizuka Visitor
- Get a Mauna Kea Visitor Guide (free)
- Get hot chocolate (cheap but no longer donation-based)
- Take a look at the sun with the telescope
- Spend an hour and acclimate.
- Get all your snow board gear on. (It's more
difficult to do so at elevation)
- Get in some more water.
- Check fluids in your vehicle.
- Let your vehicle run for five minutes after you reach the Visitor
- Ask about road and summit conditions.
Signs to watch out for at the top of the mountain.
- Sleepy or lazy behavior
- Headaches, nausea, dehydration
- Shortness of breath
- Impaired judgment or impaired reasoning
- If you or anyone you see is experiencing these symptoms,
get down the mountain.
Tips for driving back down the mountain.
- Go slow, don't try and keep up with any tour vans. (They have special
- Stop at one of the two parking lots on the way down if your brakes
start to smell.
- To keep from burning out your brakes, do the
- Put your vehicle in it's lowest gear.
- Press the brakes hard and firm often but
also let off the brakes often to keep them cool.
- Do not keep your foot on the brake pedal for more than ten seconds
at a time.
- Turn on only your parking lights as you approach the visitor Information
Station on your way back down. If it's after sunset, there will be star
gazing tours going on.
- Stop at the Visitor Information Station if you suspect your brakes
need cooling. They also have a great video that starts a little before
sunset if you get back in time.
- Stay awake. Many people don't get tired until the drive back down
the mountain after the 5,000' mark -at the crossroads. Keep your friends
awake when they're driving you back down the mountain. The shoulders
of Saddle Road are very unforgiving.