I grew up over in Currituck, just over the water across from the hill. I could use binoculars to check out what was going on, and see how crowded it was. Some weekends, on the steep side, it must of been a hundred or so vehicles parked all around. All kind of 4x4's, 2wd with balloon tires they were called back then, sand rails and bikes. I had several bikes I carried over back then. It was wide open for a while.
One day this jeep was going up with 2 guys in the back standing up holding onto the roll bar, having a good ol' time. He went up lots of times during the day. It could get a little rough after lots of vehicles go up, back and forth. This one time the Jeep going up kind of fast and hit some bad ruts, one of the guys holding onto the roll bar lost his grip and fell out the back and landed on his head. Some one called for help. The big area right there by the steep side was cleared out, and one of those huge twin rotor Coast Guard helicopters landed right there in front of us, and carried him to the hospital. Never expected to see that there.