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


Discussion Topic

Return to Forum List
Post a Reply
Messages 81 - 100 of total 108 in this topic << First  |  < Previous  |  Show All  |  Next >  |  Last >>

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.


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

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.

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

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


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

Credit: handsome B

Credit: handsome B

Credit: handsome B

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.

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

Then divorced....
The Larry

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

Credit: The Larry

Credit: The Larry

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.



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...


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


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.

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.

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.

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'.

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

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.


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.

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!

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

Messages 81 - 100 of total 108 in this topic << First  |  < Previous  |  Show All  |  Next >  |  Last >>
Return to Forum List
Post a Reply
Our Guidebooks
Check 'em out!
SuperTopo Guidebooks

Try a free sample topo!

SuperTopo on the Web

Recent Route Beta
Recent Gear Reviews