What's the most dangerous thing you've ever done?


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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.

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.

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.

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.


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,

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


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


Joining the Army

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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

Social climber
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...

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

Sep 4, 2013 - 07:33pm PT
posting on moosedrools boob thread

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

Sep 4, 2013 - 07:40pm PT
Oh yeah, the boobs are a close second though.
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