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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 Dark Helmet » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:26 pm

getting lost is my worst fear for sure...

I'm a "standard route" kinda guy... so a lot of the physical dangers are lessened because of that...

Getting lost while out alone (about 50% of my hikes) is terrifying to me.

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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby SilverLynx » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:26 pm

Taillon75 wrote:No shitpaper.

That would be a truly horrifying scenario. :shock:
"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
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~Steve Jobs

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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby jdorje » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:29 pm

It's not gravity that gets you, it's inertia.
-Jason Dorje Short

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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby TravelingMatt » Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:24 pm

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


It's really neither of those things, but sudden deceleration.
So pleas'd at first the towering Alps we try,
Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky,
Th' increasing prospects tire our wand'ring eyes,
Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise!
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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby Prairie Dog » Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:47 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 10:46 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...

Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby bergsteigen » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:06 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 11:16 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 11:17 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 11:34 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 11:58 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 thevagabond » Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:39 pm

A goat attack.

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