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On a recent trip to the Hatfield McCoy trails one of the guys that went decided to buy a Go Pro HD Camera($299 + Rollbar Mount). This was a great addition to our trip b/c you not only enjoy riding each day but you capture moments that you will never forget, or look back and enjoy parts of the ride a 2nd time. I would spend each night on the Macbook reviewing and marking the video for the highlights of our trip so we could create a DVD to watch later. Well in the world of Atv’s and trail riding we always say it not if your going to roll your ATV its when. This is like handwriting, everyone is different and unique. Just be sure when you do it your wearing all your safety gear.

If your interested here is a little background to the crash. The guy in the lead was our trail boss (1). He leads us through the trail system guided by maps. The camera had just been moved from the helmet of the crash victim  to the ATV bumper of rider 2. The guy that crashed was rider 3, 5 riders total.  We were headed down the mountain  coasting and riding our breaks( Trail as wide as a Highway. The downhill was so steep you could coast your ATV at 30 +. This downhill goes on for several min. The trail boss realizes that the group is gaining too much speed to safely handle the curves, so he starts trying to slow down. Remember loosing control on a hill like this means you go off the side of the mountain or run into it.  As the trail boss slows down he comes to a skidding stop that you can see in the video. Rider 2 (camera man) slows to a controlled stop. The idea was to get the group of 5 riders stopped and regroup to keep our speed down. Out of no where comes rider 3 but he tried to slow down but there was too much loose rock. Instead of stopping he slides into the side of the mountain and ramps the wall and jumps off. You can see in the video his ATV follows him. Luckily he had no serious injury’s but you can see that if he had not been wearing his helmet he could have had major head injury’s  Even though we watch it over and over again this is always a reminder to our group to always slow down and be as safe a possible. Then again Trail riding is about the adventure.