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


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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.

Sport climber
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.'


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!


That guy.

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.

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.

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

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

Like Paul said, gettin' on the Taco stand!

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

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

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.


Trad climber
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.

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.)

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.

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

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.


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.


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.

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!)

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