How Many Of Your Nine Lives Have You Used Up?


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Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 4, 2011 - 11:17am PT
Seeing Alpinista55's whipper count, I thought it might be interesting to kind of see a "close call" tally from you guys and gals.


1) Almost froze to death in a late season rain/snow storm near South Sister in Oregon when I was a teen. Luckily I had a warm dog in the lake/tent.

2) Can't go up, can't go down! First free solo in mountain boots above jagged boulders, Deschutes River...

3) 60 footer on the Pacific Ocean Wall.

4) Ice/rain/snow near the top of the North America Wall.

5) A week of storm, wind, falling ice hunkered down at The Molar on Mescalito.

6) Upside down 30 foot whipper, almost hit the ledge, new route, NM.

I've got a couple left, near as I can tell........

Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Feb 4, 2011 - 11:25am PT
You mean so far this year?

Trad climber
New York
Feb 4, 2011 - 11:50am PT
1. Hit by a car biking back from school
2. Suffer heat stroke during martiala rts class, teacher and "friends" leave me on the floor in the corner and do nothing
3. 30 foot whipper at the Gunks
4. I ate Taco Bell once

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 4, 2011 - 11:51am PT
You mean so far this year?

Uhhh, actually I was thinking more of the big picture "high value" epics.

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 4, 2011 - 12:04pm PT
"GUD" list Locker!

Uhhh, any involving climbing? Or are you just too honed on the stone and only manage to blow it in the rest of your life....HA!

Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Feb 4, 2011 - 12:56pm PT
Massive whipper in Sedona- caught by a #6 wire in that white colored stuff.
Upside-down swing between two boulders- caught by a #4 wire!
Last nano-second duck away from basketball sized rock on Grand Teton
Storm on Mescalito
Lightining storm in Tetons
Standing on snow slope in Pakistan and heard/felt the "whummmp."


Big Wall climber
Feb 4, 2011 - 01:02pm PT
More than I want my wife to ever know about.

A long way from where I started
Feb 4, 2011 - 01:52pm PT
Tami Sez:
always carried a scared shitless demeanour when climbing so didn't stick my neck out looking for The Horror and avoided ( or at least tried to avoid ) choss heaps, dodgy belays, climbs that ended with fukked up raps & other FUBARed situations that might lead To Death.

Kind of forgot to avoid sticking your neck out that day on Yak Peak, didn't you? (Mrs. Knight's left crampon detached from her boot while soloing an ice step near the summit on the first winter ascent. It was fun to watch her hanging by one tool while trying to re-attach it. In a full-on blinding Force 8 gale. With a 3,000-foot fall as the option if re-attachment didn't work.)


Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Feb 4, 2011 - 02:36pm PT
The worst for 2010 was a speed wobble down the straight on my R1 at Willow Springs, 175mph+. Not quite sure why I'm here typing this after that one.
Otherwise, typical weekly streetbike insaneties.

this just in

north fork
Feb 4, 2011 - 02:38pm PT
I don't want to know.
Captain...or Skully

The Seas of Stone.
Feb 4, 2011 - 03:35pm PT
At least a couple, eh? ;-)

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Feb 4, 2011 - 03:39pm PT
11 or 12 (at least) but I hear 13 is a lucky number.

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 4, 2011 - 09:06pm PT
Wow, speed wobble and gunpoint are out in front at the moment.

I was hoping for a few more climbing tales!
the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
Feb 4, 2011 - 09:26pm PT

Feb 4, 2011 - 09:52pm PT
Terminal velocity of a human is 117-125mph in random posture. On a big bore sportbike that's 3rd gear with 3 more to go. Still it's the yakker on the cell phone who turns left in front of you that is the real danger in riding.

Jim Henson's Basement
Feb 4, 2011 - 10:24pm PT
Just one I that stands out, although I'm certain there were some close car crashes.

My first rappel... a certain (banned) individual sent me down a 70 meter rappel on a 60 meter rope... no knots tied in the end BTW.


Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Feb 4, 2011 - 10:25pm PT

I think I’m in trouble on the 9 lives theory!

There was the 1st grade classmate, who over-swung on a baseball pitch, staggered to one side, and caught me across the forehead.
Some say: I haven’t been right since: (knocked out, concussion, and many stitches).

#2 was multiple high school drinking related car crashes with my peers: with not a scratch.

#3 was passing the car that was turning left-------on the left------ at 90 MPH, during my college years.

#4-11: were learning to climb from books, then rock climbing, ice climbing, and climbing big mountains-1970-77.

(I will be conservative and use an average of only one “I couldofdied” incident per year.)

#12 1978-was a “two-for” on the Chouinard Route on Mt. Fay. Car-size boulder fall, and cornice collapse in a two-day mini-epic.

#13 1980-Rock fall on a new route on the Salmon River that would have converted me to “people-juice” ---if I had not moved 30 feet to one side, when my muse told me: I was about to get chopped.

#14 1994-Being forced off a snowy highway in Wyoming by a out of control car in my lane, and rolling my SUV end over end. I ended up upside down: hanging from the seat belt------totally fine. The car was "totaled."

#15 All too many ocean-swimming incidents, where I fight the current, and can't get back to shore. As a weak swimmer, who loves deep water swimming: I need to start carrying some cheating device.

These are just the high points!

Social climber
Bouncy Tiggerville
Feb 4, 2011 - 10:27pm PT
It's officially 5:

1. Bouldering fall as installer for EP, 40' up and narrowly missed upside-down wooden floor impact.
2. First-time solo aid fall at Smith Rock, inches from broken back and major concussion.
3. Redheaded GF tried to kill us both during drive on windy road during break-up.
4. Crazy Alaskan captain tried to leave me in the surf after going overboard
5. Slipping climbing out of fish-hold and narrowly missing eminent fatal impact on elevated circulation pipes.

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 4, 2011 - 10:56pm PT
NOW we're getting somewhere!

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Feb 4, 2011 - 11:21pm PT
1. Run over by a truck on San Pablo Ave Berkeley. Crushed chest-long stay in Childrens Hospital.

2. Severe concussion playing football on paved play grounds.

3. Head on collision Boy Scout camping trip-Scoutmaster was the worlds worst driver.

4. 5oo ft fall on Arrowhead Arete approach, courtesy Art "The Move" Gran-hello Lewis Memorial Hospital.

5. Totaled VW Squareback on San Jose Freeway. Rearended by lady doing 50 mph.

6. Blasted in right calf with a 9mm hollow point, during a shoot out. Hello Straub Hospital in Honolulu for a long visit.

7. Arm wrestling Survival

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