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Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 4, 2013 - 02:43pm PT
I'm still trying to decide, I've done lots of dangerous things.

Photos help.

Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Sep 4, 2013 - 02:44pm PT
Tried to wade across the Wabash River. Got swept over the old dam.
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Sep 4, 2013 - 02:45pm PT
driving on the freeway
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Sep 4, 2013 - 02:49pm PT
If we go by actual, rather than potential, outcome, then bicycle commuting.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Sep 4, 2013 - 02:49pm PT


Marriage and second wife...

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Sep 4, 2013 - 02:50pm PT
Falling asleep behind the wheel of a 65 mph jeep cherokee with no roll bar....

DMT
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 4, 2013 - 02:53pm PT
Can we include guns in this thread?
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Sep 4, 2013 - 02:53pm PT
Most dangerous?

Or most perceived as dangerous?
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Sep 4, 2013 - 02:54pm PT
Unprotected sex. Fer sure.
Dropline

Mountain climber
Somewhere Up There
Sep 4, 2013 - 02:55pm PT
I came in contact with a 7200 volt (supposedly) powerline. The current entered my body through my right hand and exited through my left, and in the process all of the air was forced from my lungs in a bizarre howl.
Luckily I was not burned, and my heart kept beating just fine, and there was no nerve damage. Very lucky.

Another time, a few years later, skydiving, I had an accidental dual deployment. Also not good. Both canopies flew though.

Still here.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Sep 4, 2013 - 02:56pm PT
Involve myself in the lives of other humanoides....:D
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 4, 2013 - 02:58pm PT
Gun stories are allowed.
Deekaid

climber
Sep 4, 2013 - 02:59pm PT
I agree with the Larry

also taking from drug dealers
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
Nevada City
Sep 4, 2013 - 02:59pm PT
bowling for pine trees in a pickup truck at high speed. no bueno. does it still count if its unintentional?
Deekaid

climber
Sep 4, 2013 - 03:01pm PT
sitting in front of my partner in crime while he played with a handgun in the backseat... I leaned forward to grab something off floor of the car as the shot went through the dashboard over my head
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Sep 4, 2013 - 03:03pm PT
Inner city rescue.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Sep 4, 2013 - 03:04pm PT
Hey, ekat, any chance I'll ever see ya at FL again. One year that was dangerous for yo if I remember correctly. Cheers, Lynne
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Sep 4, 2013 - 03:06pm PT
Joining the SuperTaco.....
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Sep 4, 2013 - 03:06pm PT
Yeah, Lynne. . . that one year coulda been a dangerous thing, eh?

:-)

I won't be goin' this year. . . the fall projects are a five page list. . . really. . . 5iveFrikkenPages!

YIKES!

ox
Deekaid

climber
Sep 4, 2013 - 03:09pm PT
falling asleep on a motorcycle after 60 plus straight hours of work
I should probably stop I could go on all day
G_Gnome

Trad climber
who gave up and just goes sailing now!
Sep 4, 2013 - 03:13pm PT
Lead Silver Slippers on Lamb Dome in Tuolumne and then Tune Up on Dozier also in Tuolumne. Thought I was gonna die on Tune Up and would have died had I fallen on Silver Slippers.
Deekaid

climber
Sep 4, 2013 - 03:14pm PT
one more ...called a Tongan a Samoan
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Sep 4, 2013 - 03:20pm PT
BITD (early 70's) when you could drive up the Mt. Rubidoux road, I would drive/race my parents Pinto fast as I could up it after school to get some climbing in. That was way more sketchy than any climbing I did up there.
brotherbbock

Trad climber
Alta Loma, CA
Sep 4, 2013 - 03:22pm PT
Got off route going up Snow Creek, had to free solo a sketchy, loose rock ridge in horrible weather. Any slip meant death.
Magic Ed

Trad climber
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Sep 4, 2013 - 04:10pm PT
Man o man, I've done lots of dangerous stuff. Soloing at my limit; jumarring a thousand feet off the deck and forgetting to clip my daisies; body surfing in huge waves with a serious undertow; 8 of them, 3 of us in the Mexican desert; smuggling a large backpack full of weed across the Arizona border; snorting coke with John Belushi; driving around Mexico City for a couple of hours with my blind friend at the wheel--the list goes on and on.
Rhodo-Router

Gym climber
sawatch choss
Sep 4, 2013 - 04:15pm PT
Looking without leaping, top of West Mountain, Hueco. Tried to jump a chasm, failed to stick it, pinballed downward for ~20 feet. Could have been a hundred.

Soloing on old building, slate roof, high school, four stories up. Dumbest move was probably mantling a creaky snow-rail above the bathroom window- if it ripped, I would have gone to the [concrete] deck.

Mixing painkillers, beer, and a fast car.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Sep 4, 2013 - 04:16pm PT
Taking turns driving the White Rim trail in Moab during a one day Mtn bike ride. At one point we went to trade drivers and as I opened the passenger side door and looked down about a 1000 ft drop off we were that close to the edge. Being on a bike was more safe by far.

Credit: SCseagoat

Sailing thousands of miles off-shore has also had it moments.

Susan
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Sep 4, 2013 - 04:26pm PT
smoking weed everyday for the last 45 years,

oh, and driving when i could not see due to libations,
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Sep 4, 2013 - 04:36pm PT
I moved to Dallas/Ft. Worth in the early '90s




:)
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Sep 4, 2013 - 05:38pm PT
called a Tongan a Samoan

Doh!



Joining the Army
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 4, 2013 - 05:44pm PT
I never started to do anything that I thought was unduly dangerous......after the fact some of the things I did turned out to be just that.
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Sep 4, 2013 - 05:48pm PT
Climbing related--too many to list here. I've definitely gone thru my nine lives.

Non-climbing related-- I had a hobby in my teens ( over 50 years ago), of making high explosives; (the nitrated type). I only had one accident, and was very lucky.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Sep 4, 2013 - 05:53pm PT
Climbing out of the sunroof at 120mph to see what terminal velocity felt like.

It felt like pooped pants.


Never mind, getting lost and sleeping alone on the street in a Ukrainian ghetto, woken up by white supremacist kicking me, taken to their house, lots of talking I couldn't understand and then they let me go. Thank goodness I was blonde with a shaved head like them.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Sep 4, 2013 - 06:14pm PT
Dangerous ..................or stupid?


Grin.


Most "dangerous" and "Not stupid" thing ? Childbirth second time attempted a VBAC.


Most "dangerous" and "yeah, that was stupid" ?

Too many to recount. But duckin' underneath that freight train stopped on the main line stands out.

Rocky IV

Social climber
Sep 4, 2013 - 06:16pm PT
driving 18+ hours straight by myself.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Sep 4, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
Messing with cell phone while driveing, unprotected sex BINTD...
Mixing drugs and alcohol BINTD, Falling off a motorcycle at 103 MPH, Lots of stuff working construction,a few times in the mountains, a few times on rock, a whole bunch of stuff Ice climbing....

Still feel that work is regularly more dangerous than climbing.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Sep 4, 2013 - 07:31pm PT
hey there say, ... oh my, i almost had my kids swimming in water that was TOO COLD still, and did not realize it, as, we had never been that close to 'just after winter melt' :O

we were just floating on the raft 'things' until i realized by testing it out to swimm that it was TOOOOO DANGEROUS... :O

thanks to god, for 'gut felt' mommy wisdom... whewwwwww...


then, the other 'runner up' would have to be taking some newer and different medication for a bad laryngitis thing that has been causing me to 'choke' at night... apparently he thought it was all in my mind, and that i was just scared to sleep... i found it later it was just some kind of tranquiler stuff, :O --i think it would have killed me, if i kept listening to him...
i just quite taking it, and that nearly made it worse, :O as your body gets
'addicted to it' in just a few days, :O

i just waited it out, later and got well... was a scary time... there sadly, are many doctors in south texas, that treat woman and do NOT take them seriously, ESPECIALLY the ones from poorer families, that are Mexican...

they kept telling my daughter-in-law that there was nothing wrong with her and that she just was worrying too much, but--
she HAD A SERIOUS GALL STONE situation and nearly died, getting there just in time AFTER you tried to find out what was wrong, on her own by the internet, and SHE DID... it was just a few weeks ALMOST too late, :(


they believed her THAT time...





well, that's it, unless we make it a three-way tie and i add this:

driving in winter when it is full of snow and ice... but, sometimes as we all know, we have to do it...
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Sep 4, 2013 - 07:32pm PT
Starting the Boob thread hehehe
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Sep 4, 2013 - 07:33pm PT
posting on moosedrools boob thread
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Sep 4, 2013 - 07:36pm PT
Kenny, I thought it was when I was your belayer, no?
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Sep 4, 2013 - 07:40pm PT
Oh yeah, the boobs are a close second though.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Sep 4, 2013 - 07:51pm PT
There's a difference between the most dangerous thing that I've ever done, and something that I've done that scared me the most.

Free-soloing was probably the most dangerous thing that I've ever done, but class 5 whitewater kayaking scared me a lot more.

There's also a difference between the most dangerous thing that I've done voluntarily, and the most dangerous thing that I've ever done under duress.

The question in the OP is a bit vague.
michaeld

Sport climber
Sacramento
Sep 4, 2013 - 07:54pm PT
THIS IS FOR CAPTAIN SAFETY,

This weekend I witnessed the biggest douche bag I've ever encountered climbing, and I mainly boulder.

I was at Auburn Quarry, I show up with a couple of buddy's around 11am. There is a group at the Scale Wall, (first wall on the left), right where we are gonna warm up and play around on. (By the way, some REALLY fun easy routes there.)

I can see he's the alpha male in his group, which are a new guy, and a girl, aside from him. They are toproping a 5.8 as we are about to climb up some 5.7 or something to the right.

I climb up with no problem, fun movement, fun route, clip my draws into the chains that are hung from the hangers(The anchros were about 1.5-2 feet apart) and through my quick draws, I lowered. Mistake on my part? (someone please let me know if I should have NOT gone off of the chains, and instead gone off of the draws that would have been pulled tight towards each other, instead of equalized, opposed, and angled down.)

Captain Safety - "Hey man, you should not lower off the chains, they're not rated for falls."

This completely caught me off guard, as I have taken up to 30 foot falls on chains at places like Gold Wall, Jailhouse, Red Rocks, etc.

But I can tell this guy is a know it all, going to show his group that he is the next Tommy Caldwell (and his beginner friend the next Alex Honnold, as I'll get to later in this story.) I just say "ah, okay." to avoid anymore confrontation. I don't like talking to people I guess.

OH, LETS BACKTRACK 2 minutes, I'm at the second to last bolt BEFORE the anchors, Captain Safety, which should be his new name from now on, is topping out after he clipped into the anchors. He reaches down, pulls all of his gear off the anchors, and his belayer at this point yells up

Belayer - "Do you want me to take you off belay?"

Captain Safety (Not clipped into anything at this point) - "Umm, it doesn't matter." - (Sets up toprope on 10b, proceeds to flail all over the 10b, i don't judge)

I look down at my belayer, roll my eyes, we both laugh, I finish.

Sometime later after we've all toproped it, my buddy is going to teach his cousin how to rappel. As my buddy is climbing up, Captain Safety is about to rappel off the 10b. He's coming in hot. He free falls from about 15 feet and JUST MISSES breaking his ankle on a rock. Horrible landing. Not very pretty.

Captain Safety - "Oww the rope got hot"

Me - "Dude you were 3 inches away from snapping your foot in half"

Captain Safety - "yeah, I know."


Skip to sometime later, after he spews about all his trad knowledge of spending all summer at the Leap and in the Valley doing all of the 5.9's (his magical footwork on 10b face made me a little skeptical, but I can't climb crack so what do I know)

We're on the other side of the quarry, at this point there are multiple groups on the same wall as them. Captain Safety's new friend / belayer is topping out some climb after toproping, and decides to undo the anchor.

He's climbing next to a group, and trying to top out at the Auburn Quarry. I wouldn't have noticed if the kid he was climbing next to didn't yell "Stop knocking rocks on me please." really loud.

At this point, about 20 people are watching this kid beach whaling on top of a choss pile, 60 feet up, kicking sh#t all over the place, and Captain Safety doesn't worry one bit. Just keeps belaying him, like it would matter. (NO PROTECTION)

I was more surprised the kid actually made it up, then decking. I have never felt so sure in my entire life I would see someone die.

Not much more to add after this except they wandered around looking for routes to try.


This post was for you, Captain Safety.

Credit: michaeld

Top Red Circle - Newb, Not Next Alex Honnold, Almost Died, Dumbest Thing Ever Seen
Bottom Red Circle - Captain Safety, Best Belayer Ever, Mr. Safety, Valley Climber, Greatest Rapper of All Time
Green Arrow - Where Top Circle topped out, kicking all of the rocks left as his feet flailed trying to find placement
Blue Circles - Kids who got pelted with top out rocks and dirt.
michaeld

Sport climber
Sacramento
Sep 4, 2013 - 07:57pm PT
Most dangerous thing I've done-

Learning to drive stick on Salmon Falls road at midnight when I was 18 with a couple of friends in their cars. I had just bought a CRX and stripped the interior, put a strut bar in it, and somehow made my way up Highway 50, grinding my clutch and stalling, to Salmon Falls road.

I only spun out twice. :)
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Sep 4, 2013 - 08:10pm PT
I have to admit - I have been 'That Guy' at Auburn Quarry, more than once.

Which 'That Guy?' Well not the blabbering know it all sort, I'm usually fairly quiet at crags. And I don't presume to tell other people how to climb.

I did run a top rope through to Metolious rap anchor hangers once. Some guy rather nastily said to me, 'you know, you're not supposed to TR through those things.' I blew him off but had to admit, he was right.

Another time I showed up with two of my kids - both can climb reasonably but neither can lead belay... safely. Kaity hadn't climbed in a while and hadn't belayed anyone in a long time.

So We walk up to the base of Scale Wall, 4 or 5 parties already there. We squeeze in near your green dude there. And right there at the base, I give Kaity a remedial lead belay course.

'If I fall make sure and pull the rope back like this.'

'When I need some slack feed it out like that.'

And finally,

'Never let go with your brake hand.'

:D

That's it. 20 seconds instruction and I place foot to stone. I glance up as I do so... and notice a couple of horrified looks on my cliff mates faces. I guess I traumatized them all with my lackadaisical approach to safety and protocol.

But I knew Kaity had my back.

Did a bunch of routes that day, it was great!

Hehe.

That guy.

DMT
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Sep 4, 2013 - 08:25pm PT
Most dangerous thing I've ever done:

Descended the North Dome gully in complete darkness without a headlamp with a haul bag on my back.
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Sep 4, 2013 - 08:27pm PT
I backtalked my Momma once.

Only once.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Sep 4, 2013 - 08:29pm PT
One of my closest calls ever was white water Kayaking. SCARY stuff!

I routinly TR directly through metlouis rap hangers or quick links or rings for one reason or annother. They are my anchors. I bought em, I placed them and most likly I will be the guy who has to replace them.. I try not to do it with other folks anchors but would not lose too much sleep if I did.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Sep 4, 2013 - 08:41pm PT
hitchin'/beggin' drunks for mercy, eye to eye from the backseat @140km/hr
on foggy hard glazed snowpack, south bound four lane outta edmondton
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Sep 4, 2013 - 08:57pm PT
Taught my Wife to BASE jump..
Baluarte Bridge, Durango Mexico
Baluarte Bridge, Durango Mexico
Credit: Avenfoto
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Sep 4, 2013 - 09:27pm PT

Like Paul said, gettin' on the Taco stand!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Sep 4, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
Getting a full time "career" job.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Sep 4, 2013 - 09:33pm PT
hey there say, hankster, check your email..
:)
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Sep 4, 2013 - 09:41pm PT
SLR,When i came down to WV some years ago,with Jim,that experience of Squirt boating still gives me nightmares.I thought I was a competent kayaker ,yet never squirtboated.Then being in Banos "spare" pry on ,pry off squirt boat,never having seen the Gauley River, I was shaken.

I wake up in the middle of the night remembering,seeing, the surface of the river,stuck in an undertow 7 - 10 feet down,knowing there was a swim and you die rapid just around the corner.Literally.

I remember trying to paddle to the surface,rolling yet still well underwater,there is no air volume in a squirtboat.No floatation

Then narrowly escaping that cast to get to the surface for air ,let alone retrieving the boat and paddle and swimming to a rugged shoreline that was not completely safe.

That was a very dangerous thing to do.

I returned 2 years later to run that river,in Plastic.But that vision haunts.

















johntp

Trad climber
socal
Sep 4, 2013 - 09:44pm PT
I moved to Dallas/Ft. Worth in the early '90s




:)

Now that is funny!

edit: I moved to Kansas in 1979. Beat that!
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Sep 4, 2013 - 10:01pm PT
Being a teenager in the 60's running around LA and starting to climb at the same time. I'm convinced I must have had a guardian angel, my goodness the things we did....part humor, part tragedy all true.
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Sep 4, 2013 - 10:35pm PT
I moved to Kansas in 1979. Beat that!

You win ... hands down.


:)



Edit: I'm a CA girl so moving to DFW was a shock. After two years, I was OUT OF THERE. (And I insist my son simply say he was born in Tucson and not Texas.)
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Sep 4, 2013 - 10:44pm PT
Probably a bunch of moments while rock climbing, where screwing up for a quarter of a second would end it. That's the usual stuff of most people around here, but doesn't make for as good of stories unless lots of details filled in.

Boogie boarded by myself in burly winter storm waves at sunset. Dropped into a double-up set, pulled into a huge dark close-out tube, whipped around, driven deep in the water and smashed my face on the bottom, blood spattering everywhere by the time I popped up on the surface. If I had been knocked out, I would probably be dead. Nobody around to grab me.

REALLY the most dangerous thing I ever did, was reaching this philosophical decision after breaking up with my college girlfriend: "any two people can have a happy relationship and make a life together if they just are committed and try hard enough." That dangerous thinking led to a decade-long difficult marriage with a person who was not a good fit for me, and the last 5 years of emotional turmoil figuring out how to stay connected to my kids in the aftermath of that mess with a person who is ambivalent about my parenting role at best, and quite possibly spiteful and vengeful and vindictive much of the time.

I'm very happy with my life right now, but some baggage acquired while figuring out life just stays with you a long time.
paganmonkeyboy

climber
mars...it's near nevada...
Sep 4, 2013 - 10:44pm PT
smoking cigarettes - they damn near killed me at 40...
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Sep 4, 2013 - 11:28pm PT
Crawling around inside if this thing for an hour looking for a short circuit ranks up there in my top 5.

Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Sep 4, 2013 - 11:32pm PT
i just forced 10c moves
above thin gear that was
backed by an a3 anchor.

of course i equalized everything with nothing,
so zin was hovering about.

Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Sep 4, 2013 - 11:34pm PT
boobs are dangerous around here.
i've done them.
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Sep 4, 2013 - 11:41pm PT
Leggs, deleted due to being considered for something currently.


Sullly ... I got ya! (you go girl!)



;)
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Sep 5, 2013 - 12:48am PT
On a dark desert highway
Cool wind in our hair
The three of us cramned in the front seat
On a Toyota dare.

A voice in the distance said
Canjon de Tajo was sweet
But boy you better take care
This narrow two lane will bring you dispair

Welcome to the on comming bus passing bus
On the crest of a hill
Rushing to a head on collision
Or a shoulder of nill


Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Sep 5, 2013 - 12:59am PT



Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger

Sep 4, 2013 - 08:32pm PT
i just forced 10c moves
above thin gear that was
backed by an a3 anchor.

of course i equalized everything with nothing,
so zin was hovering about.




BWAAAHAHAHA1 Made me choke in my sodee Weeg!
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 5, 2013 - 12:59am PT
I'm thinking of a solo scuba dive off some rocks on the Big Sur coast. Scary and strangely beautiful, but I'm here to talk about it. Quite a different sense of fear than any climbing I have done.
The Chief

climber
From the Land of the Mongols
Sep 5, 2013 - 01:33am PT
Being Born.

The rest is easy.

Death will be a piece of cake that will allow time for a little relaxation with absolutely no interruptions.
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Sep 5, 2013 - 01:38am PT
I spent an entire winter snowboarding serious backcountry avalanche terrain in Chile (The Santa Theresita Ridge)- with no probe, no shovel, no beacon, (no training in any of those things anyways), no health insurance, no helmet, and often times alone

it was rad

and i was lucky
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Sep 5, 2013 - 01:40am PT
worked for the CIA
butt I can't tell you anymore
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Sep 5, 2013 - 01:43am PT
Tending bar for a living.

In over 19 years tending bar in less than genteel joints, I've been in more violent fights than I can count ( I consider a fight to be violent when at least one participant goes to the hospital ).

I retired undefeated!
10b4me

Ice climber
Soon 2B in Arizona
Sep 5, 2013 - 02:28pm PT
Dangerous, scared shitless, or just plain stupid?

got caught in a riptide when I was a wee lad(that was scary, and probably dangerous)
some of the mountain bike trails I've ridden are dangerous, especially if you lean the wrong way.
I lead a route a few years ago that was dangerous, but was too scared to think about it.

Actually, the most dangerous situation I've ever been in was at Rustys bar, in Bishop.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2013 - 02:34pm PT
In retrospect, the most dangerous things I've ever done involved accepting rides from sketchballs while hitchhiking in the states, or suspect 'taxi' rides in Central America. Close calls.

I've willingly put myself in danger skiing steep lines and climbing, been hurt badly doing both. But, the human element is by far the most dangerous.

I'm one lucky son of a gun, knock on wood.
WyoRockMan

climber
Flank of the Big Horns
Sep 5, 2013 - 02:39pm PT
I thought about leaving a post on Mountain Project asking for my nut, hank of webbing and a sentimental non-locking biner to be returned in exchange for woo woo vibes and beer.


Had to back off as I don't want Locker to kick my ass.


Close one.
goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland-GulfBreeze
Sep 5, 2013 - 02:54pm PT
snowhazed

I spent an entire winter snowboarding serious backcountry avalanche terrain in Chile (The Santa Theresita Ridge)- with no probe, no shovel, no beacon, (no training in any of those things anyways), no health insurance, no helmet, and often times alone

it was rad

and i was lucky

That's okay it's the southern hemisphere so avalanches run uphill.

For me it was working as a bike messenger for 4 years in NYC, close calls with death on a daily basis, been hit by cars at speed 5 times but only bleeding enough to go to the ER 3 times. Fun times.
Gunkie

Trad climber
East Coast US
Sep 5, 2013 - 03:00pm PT
While in college, ran the Philadelphia subway tracks between stations. Could have died very easily and stupidly.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Sep 5, 2013 - 03:24pm PT
I was going to say it was soloing Snake Dike, never having done the route, without a route description or topo, but then I remembered all the stupid things I did in college, the biggest of which was getting a ride home from a really drunk friend on his motorcycle. I look back on that and cringe.
WBraun

climber
Sep 5, 2013 - 03:46pm PT
Most dangerous ......?

Hanging out on this planet .......
Stewart Johnson

climber
lake forest
Sep 5, 2013 - 04:07pm PT
south face of Aconcagua.
south face of Aconcagua.
Credit: Stewart Johnson
sween345

climber
back east
Sep 5, 2013 - 07:05pm PT
Tending bar and dealing the poker game in an illicit after hours joint in Brooklyn in the mid 80's, right when the price of the Peruvian Marching Powder bottomed out. Sometimes it seemed like every sewer in Flatbush emptied at the front door.
Commuting into the city during rush hours can be a death wish, but it's all good once I'm on the job.
Crossing over to make the far end
Crossing over to make the far end
Credit: sween345
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Sep 5, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
...oh and delivering Pizzas in North St Louis.
elcap-pics

Big Wall climber
Crestline CA
Sep 5, 2013 - 07:59pm PT
Attended church as a child.... imagine if I grew up actually believing all that crap!!!
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Sep 5, 2013 - 08:52pm PT
Posting something on SuperTopo!
Floorabove

climber
The Gunks y'all
Sep 5, 2013 - 09:18pm PT
Hard to say. My short list:

Went upstairs at a house fire to search, before water was being applied on the fire in the kitchen. Probably knew I shouldn't, but was young and thought I had something to prove.

F*#ked up the peel out of an eddy above some benign Class 4 drop,flipped, and pinned.

Went through the ice on brand new XC skies. The brand new part being significant in that it was the very first time I had clipped into the NNN style bindings. Very tough time figuring out the release in the water, clinging to the ice.

zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Sep 5, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
Use the internet.


US and UK spy agencies defeat privacy and security on the internet

• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records
• $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products
• Security experts say programs 'undermine the fabric of the internet'


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/05/nsa-gchq-encryption-codes-security
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Sep 5, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

One, was standing here looking at that PRAYING the line would hold, as we were purt near outta options.. Happy Camp Ca, siege of 87. Making a stand at a ranch .
lars johansen

Trad climber
West Marin, CA
Sep 6, 2013 - 12:05am PT
playing with firearms while intoxicated

lars
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Sep 6, 2013 - 12:12am PT
While effecting a rescue during the Walker River Flood of January 1997, got trapped mid-river....

You'll have to read my book for the full story....and of course.....one of these days I will finish writing it.

Soon...
martygarrison

Trad climber
Washington DC
Sep 6, 2013 - 10:26am PT
Maybe walking the favelas of Medellin, Colombia. Or maybe taking a head first fall off of uncle fanny when I was 15, ripping almost all the pro that I had put it, stopping head down three feet from the ground. Yep that last one I guess.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Sep 6, 2013 - 10:34am PT
When you think about it, the list is just too long. Hard to rate something like that. Dead is dead, right? Not to mention our engagement in a 100% fatal process called living.
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Sep 6, 2013 - 10:46am PT
Jumped out of an airplane.
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Sep 6, 2013 - 11:07am PT
for Dr. McAfee, it was startling a herd of elephants.

http://www.10news.com/news/community-reacts-to-death-of-dr-thomas-mcafee-former-ucsd-dean-trampled-to-death-in-africa-090513
Crackslayer

Trad climber
Eldo
Sep 6, 2013 - 11:09am PT
Climbing = ice climbing in the black canyon

Non-climbing = Checking bull pins for mosquitos. Also, rolling my car 300+ feet off of highway 50 in the middle of the night.
handsome B

Gym climber
SL,UT
Sep 6, 2013 - 11:31am PT
Do I have to pick just one?

Credit: handsome B

Credit: handsome B

Credit: handsome B
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Sep 6, 2013 - 12:06pm PT
Lots for me too, the first 3 that come to mind.

1. Going through a "checkpoint" manned by self appointed guerillas twice a day in Entebbe Uganda in 1980. They'd make us get out of the car, AK-47's to our heads and check our "papers". Only thing that saved us is that we were working for the government, and they were scared of the government!

2. 19 yrs old, driving home drunk from a 3.2 bar on top of Lookout Mtn called Sams (Golden, Co), down Lariat Trail.

3. Hitting on a local's girlfriend at 3:00 in the morning at a small bar in Nevada that was full of patrons from the local Paiute reservation.
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Sep 6, 2013 - 12:15pm PT
Got married....

Then divorced....
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Sep 6, 2013 - 12:31pm PT
The Beerolympics is perdy dangerous.

Credit: The Larry

Credit: The Larry
TradEddie

Trad climber
Philadelphia, PA
Sep 6, 2013 - 01:05pm PT
The list is endless and I expect that many here had very similar experiences with alcohol/cars/bikes/guns/fire/explosives and any combination of the above that I somehow survived, but looking back, my closest calls never even crossed my mind as dangerous at the time. Although I grew up in Ireland, events in Northern Ireland were hundreds of miles away, normally as irrelevant to my life as events in the middle east - except when they weren't: As impoverished students, we couldn't afford clay pigeons or other targets to shoot, so one afternoon we went to an abandoned coal mine for some redneck shooting fun. Two days later, police find that the IRA was using that mine to practice with a belt-fed Russian 50cal they'd got from Ghadaffi.

TE






Lambone

Big Wall climber
Ashland, Or
Sep 6, 2013 - 01:18pm PT
it's probably a toss up between jugging some old ass ratty fixed lines anchored to loose pins on Ama Dablam...

or...

The East Ledges descent in the dark with a huge load super haggard.

or...

Driving 9hrs home after a Leaning Tower weekend warrior push. 3 days with basically no sleep. Woke up driving in oncoming traffic....luckily it was 2am and the road was empty.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 6, 2013 - 01:37pm PT
Bombing longboard hills on a street deck is right up there for me as well. I had big soft wheels and high derometer bushings, so it was a sweet ride.

It's the other people that were the problem.

My buddy was following me in my car, he said I was well over 40mph when the a-hole heading up the hill decided to swerve into my lane and force me off the road. Obviously no helmet or pads.

Could've bit the big one right there. I got off easy with a concussion, dislocated shoulder, sand dollar sized chunk of scalp missing, all the thick meat on my palm missing, broken ankle, and scars from knee to shoulder on my right side.
mcreel

climber
Barcelona
Sep 6, 2013 - 01:53pm PT
I've done a number of stupid and dangerous things, some of them illegal (long ago and all in good fun, PRISM), but the most dangerous was very nearly rapping off a rope into space.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 6, 2013 - 01:55pm PT
C'mon, the OP said 'dangerous', not stoopid. That's why I got nuthin'.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 6, 2013 - 02:00pm PT
True.
Prezwoodz

climber
Anchorage
Sep 6, 2013 - 03:24pm PT
I'd like to submit this one for my friend John. I'm not sure what my most dangerous is but I've always ranked this as one of his. This is a baby rattlesnake, quite alive and healthy.

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 6, 2013 - 05:02pm PT
Prez, that wouldn't be very dangerous if he wasn't so stoopid as to be
holding it that far back on the neck.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 6, 2013 - 07:15pm PT
Three votes for venturing forth on SuperTaco

falling asleep on a motorcycle after 60 plus straight hours of work

Things I outta knowed better but did anyways
30 hours motorcycle riding without sleep….until I fell asleep in the saddle. AmAZING how fast you can wake up when it means life or death. Didn't crash.

Riding my motorcycle from Salt Lick City to Boulder at the end of October…over US 40...in the middle of the night, on icy roads. My buddy crashed twice (at low speed fortunately). But hey, anything to keep a date with some coeds!
ncskains

Ice climber
Alaska
Sep 7, 2013 - 07:26pm PT
My second marriage was A5+... I lost my career, my business and my sanity..

boston

Trad climber
squamish bc
Sep 7, 2013 - 10:37pm PT
My job. Im a professional driver in Squamish
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 7, 2013 - 11:02pm PT
I've had a death threat uttered to me and there is a bounty on my head in a province of Panama.

Long story short, don't ever let a British drug smugglers wife seduce you, ever.

Nothing but trouble, and dangerous.
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Sep 8, 2013 - 12:29am PT
Yeah, Brandon, the British are bad. Nex time try Hungarian, or something.

LOL

P.S. I survived 30+ years of comunism. Moderately dangerous ;-)
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 8, 2013 - 08:31am PT
I think we need a trip report on the seduction by the wife of British drug smuggler! You came out alive, there's gotta be a story!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 8, 2013 - 10:15am PT
I'll let you know how it all works out, it's a story that's still unfolding.

Luckily, he's on the lam and she's from Colombia, so they are both personas non grata in the US.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Sep 8, 2013 - 10:18am PT
Surely something driving, either a car or motorcycle.

Too many momentary stupid things to remember.

And I'm not a crazy driver.
WTF

climber
Sep 8, 2013 - 10:32am PT
Drive drunk. Bar none the most dangerous thing I've done.

That and been in cars where others were driving drunk.

tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Sep 8, 2013 - 11:00am PT
mess with my cellphone while driveing. not glamerous but killed 5 people within 12 miles of my house this summer.
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