Hawaii tourist warns against illegal hikes after 1,000-foot fall

A California tourist who fell 1,000 feet on a dangerous off-limits hike on Oahu in December is sharing his story, according to a press release from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.

California-based Ian Snyder, 34, was trekking the Koolau Summit Trail – a steep and challenging hike that’s closed for being considered too dangerous – alone. He wants to warn others about the risks of following social media travel content. The Koolau Summit Trail is notorious for its narrow paths, steep ridges and inclement weather.

View down the windward coast of the island of Oahu, Hawaii from the Nuuanu Pali Lookout. It was on these cliffs of the Koolau Mountains in 1795 that the army of King Kamehameha defeated the Oahu army by forcing them over the 900-foot Pali cliffs, uniting the Hawaiian Islands. --- DATE TAKEN: 8/1/2003  By Mike Tsukamoto   USAT    Honolulu  HI  NEG    - negotiate the rate PERSONAL PHOTO; NO SALES, NO GNS ORG XMIT: ZX2697

Following a map he saw online, Snyder ventured onto a risky path and subsequently fell to the base of a waterfall.

He lay there “in and out of consciousness” for three days, drinking stream water until he was rescued by a helicopter crew from the Honolulu Fire Department, the release said. Emergency responders were able to locate Snyder using his cell phone’s last location.

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