What is your greatest fear when hiking?

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What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Falls
78
37%
Lightning
55
26%
Avalanches
10
5%
Rockfall
35
17%
Ski/Snowboard Accidents
0
No votes
Glissading Accidents
0
No votes
Climbing Equipment Failure/Error
1
0%
Getting Lost
3
1%
Getting Stuck/Stranded
5
2%
Other Medical Emergencies
10
5%
Other
14
7%
 
Total votes: 211
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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby TravelingMatt » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:24 pm

jdorje wrote:It's not gravity that gets you, it's inertia.


It's really neither of those things, but sudden deceleration.
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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby Prairie Dog » Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:47 am

For me - my greatest fear is dependent on where I am hiking:

On Colorado peaks - probably falling and/or rockfall

Hiking where I live in North Dakota - being charged and trampled by a bison

In Yellowstone/Tetons/Glacier/Canadian Rockies - Bears

In the desert southwest - running out of water and not being able to find a water source

And my biggest irrational fear - no matter where I am - is snakes (even in areas where snakes are not common) - I am just not a big fan of snakes!
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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby Dark Helmet » Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:46 am

Prairie Dog wrote:
And my biggest irrational fear - no matter where I am - is snakes (even in areas where snakes are not common) - I am just not a big fan of snakes!



werd...


I'm an institutionalizable arachnophobe...
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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby bergsteigen » Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:06 am

Meeting the wrong type of person, usually from Kans-ass or Tex-ass.
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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby Guitarzan » Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:16 am

I will freely admit Texas has its fair share of crazies but I have met some straight up redneck psychos from Colorado as well. You may not have as many but that's only because Colorado is smaller. Per Capita your rednecks rate just as crazy as ours IMHO.
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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby Guitarzan » Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:17 am

And yes I would say that is my biggest fear as well.
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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby SurfNTurf » Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:34 am

Finding something that inspires me to get bogged down with another "list." Freedom to climb whatever the hell you want is amazing.

Taking myself and what I'm doing too seriously, then carrying that over to an Internet message board and/or Facebook group*.

*Have been guilty of this in the past, f**k me
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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby ORION » Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:58 am

1) The #1 threat to America? Bears! (The Colbert Report)

2) I like robby40's "becoming the subject of critical speculation". Any type of exposure makes me nervous.

3) Rockfall...or is it Firefall? We get a lot of both in Colorado.

But for me, it's gotta be lightning. I back out of half the trips I plan due to that damn NOAA website, and I've still been caught above tree line a few times.
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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby FCSquid » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:52 am

An "event" above 13,000 feet after a night of beer and Taco Bell.
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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby TravelingMatt » Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:07 pm

FCSquid wrote:An "event" above 13,000 feet after a night of beer and Taco Bell.


I'd be more worried about eating at Taco Bell in the first place.
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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby audiotom » Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:18 am

It depends on what mountain I am climbing

usually falling if it's upper class 2 exposure and above
actually still falling if it's lower class 2 (it only takes a few feet on a bolder to do some damage - an ankle twist can be a terrible day, a head injury much more)

elk crossing on your way to the trail head
we had foolishly camped near the Wetterhorn trail head on July 4th. Took Engineer Pass then decided to see the awesome 45 minute fireworks display at Silverton
the route back either involved a harrowing trip back over the pass in the dark or going the Ouray/Ridgeway/Montrose/Lake City pavement route to our campsite

we opted for safety to avoid the jeep trails in the dark

we were 10 miles from Lake City and an elk jumped in front of the jeep. We were going 40 mph and the elk came straight across in front of us, turned forward at 90 degrees right in front of the driver side and we missed his hind end by 6 inches.
That would have been a fatal incident - possibly for all involved

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