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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 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.
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 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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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby Jim Davies » Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:52 am

I may have to change my answer to "driving home down Ute Pass".
http://gazette.com/mr.-schroyers-wild-ride/multimedia/video/2538781681001
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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby FCSquid » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:10 am

Jim Davies wrote:I may have to change my answer to "driving home down Ute Pass".
http://gazette.com/mr.-schroyers-wild-ride/multimedia/video/2538781681001


Funniest thing about that video is how he's trying to steer with the wheel after his SUV has turned into a kayak ... :lol:
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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby rijaca » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:17 am

Running out of beer.
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Spent a little time on the hill"

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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby gearhunter » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:21 am

Blisters and monkey butt.

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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby MountainHiker » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:24 am

Toasters! You never know where they might be hiding!
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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby Bill Cummings » Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:57 pm

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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby apasquel » Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:36 pm

Running into Sasquatch or the chupacabra. Losing my keys out there would suck too.

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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby awilbur77 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:46 pm

apasquel wrote: Losing my keys out there would suck too.


Yep, I go out of my way to make sure this doesn't happen after locking my keys in my Jeep on a 4x4 trail about 10 miles from cell coverage.
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Re: What is your greatest fear when hiking?

Postby OmahaAdam » Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:32 am

Kojones wrote:Other: Bears and other such dangerous wildlife.


This. Love visiting Colorado and go as often as I can, but this causes me to lose massive amounts of sleep every time I zip that tent closed. Despite using a bear can every time I go, everywhere I go, cook and eat well away (few hundred feet at least) from camp and stash the can at a similar distance, keeping only basics at camp (tent/bag/clothes/water) I still end up laying in the tent expecting imminent carnage. I always seem to have some sort of encounter every time I visit. Was up at Crystal Lake/Crystal Peak this week with my oldest daughter and was awakened by a mountain lion investigating inside our vestibule overnight. The tracks (two sets) I found the next morning were not small, either. :shock:

Besides the dangerous wildlife, my biggest fears are falling and the resulting injury/death, especially when it comes to my hiking partner, aka daughter. You know, the stuff that keeps dads awake at night.

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