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Re: Anyone battle fear on the trail?

Postby whrdafamI? » Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:25 am

My biggest fear is getting there from here. I've almost met two 18 wheelers head on on 120, and 99 is just a nightmare. It's never fun to see a big rig slide his rears around a corner and head at you.
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I would truly like to see this "slide" you are referring to in action without the driver losing it. In order to do what you are implying requires a complete loss of traction and at that point the loss of control as well. Shortly thereafter most likely comes the roll over. Don't argue this one with me Russ, your way out of your league. I have been driving them for 38 yrs.
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Re: Anyone battle fear on the trail?

Postby RooPhillip » Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:42 am

The two most common questions I hear when friends find out I'm going Sierra-solo are:
Don't you get afraid? and Do you carry a gun?

The feeling I get is not fear--it's almost the opposite of fear. It's a complete feeling of peace and relaxation. In fact, without getting into "too much information" here, I have a certain stress-related GI issue that COMPLETELY DISAPPEARS when I'm on an excursion... :)

Julie, If I'd ever been life flown out, or had a near death experience, or had kids to worry about in the Sierra I'd probably be fearful too. Hopefully, your fear will eventually be replaced by peace, and soon. Good luck!
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Re: Anyone battle fear on the trail?

Postby whrdafamI? » Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:51 am

I don't know if I would call it fear as much as dread. I dread running into dickheads on the trail or setting up their camp close to mine. Sure fired way to spoil a trip.
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Re: Anyone battle fear on the trail?

Postby Hikingfamily » Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:20 pm

FYI: The problem with my unedited original versions was that it contained my blog URL in the text - you are supposed to put those as your signature only.

And I put my journal entries as quotes without explaining well, giving reference to a long shot dream of turning our journal entries into a memoir book.

I have enjoyed reading the discussions about this topic as I figured I am not the only one that thinks about the dangers of wilderness travel!

New to the forum is all so the post came out wrong I guess. [-X
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Re: Anyone battle fear on the trail?

Postby Hikingfamily » Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:37 pm

Roo Phillip

So funny - that is the question we always get: are you bringing a gun? (NO!) And if people don't ask that, they usually ask: are you bringing a bear canister? (NO!)
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Re: Anyone battle fear on the trail?

Postby John Dittli » Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:55 pm

My parents, along with my neighbor hood buddies parents, cut us loose in the Sierra backcountry for weeks at a time at the age of 12 (the oldest was 14). My Dad always said (tongue in cheek I think :-k ) that; "there are more where he came from".

I'm not a mother, or a father for that matter, so I can't even begin to relate at that level. But I have had some kinda close calls over the years (like a 140' leader fall while ice climbing and some other minor incidences). I've had more friends die in the mountains then I like to think, does it scare me? No. Has it taught me respect and introspect? Yes.

You are right in that SPOT is not an ER, nor is it a first aid kit or a replacement for knowledge and good judgement. Perhaps, if you and your husband don't already have it, your mind would be more at ease if you both had Wilderness First Responder training, the life it saves could be your own!
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Re: Anyone battle fear on the trail?

Postby Hikingfamily » Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:02 pm

Hi John
WOW!! What an honor to have your post! We LOVE your photography!!

My husband was a Wilderness Guide for over 10 years in the Sierras and has extensive training and experience...I think it's why he's not scared to take me out there despite the scary way to start our marriage my near death experience was. I was unconscious - it was all his fast and smart thinking that saved my life.

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Re: Anyone battle fear on the trail?

Postby Ska-T » Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:45 pm

And if people don't ask that, they usually ask: are you bringing a bear canister? (NO!)

I don't understand the emphatic denial of the usefulness, and sometimes the legal responsibility, of carrying a bear canister. Yeah, there a lots of places you can go where a bear canister isn't required, but there are many beautiful places where they are, such as all of Yosemite NP, the Rae Lakes Loop, the Mammoth/Devils Postpile area, Bishop Pass/Palisades Basin, and Whitney Zone/Cottonwood Basin/Miter Basin area.

You didn't specifically say that guns and bear canisters are similarly ridiculous, but you kinda gave that impression.
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Re: Anyone battle fear on the trail?

Postby oldranger » Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:10 pm

Ska-T

I read the reference to "bear canister" as bear spray (such as Counter Assult), which, of course is silly in the Sierra but not in Glacier.

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Re: Anyone battle fear on the trail?

Postby AlmostThere » Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:33 am

I was afraid once... I was hiking down a ridge in the middle of the night, couldn't see a thing beyond the headlamp because it was cloudy. I'd found out that I was the only backpacker in the park that night, and the staff wouldn't be in the office the following day at all. I wasn't in the Sierra but in Henry Coe State Park, which despite being low elevation gets remote and wild, and has plenty of mountain lions and some wild pigs. I'd been trying to sleep and the rain was keeping me awake, and I figured I was better off hiking. Until about the fiftieth pair of rabbit eyes in the headlight - then I thought about the mountain lions, and being alone.

So I put up my umbrella, starting singing at the top of my lungs, and started to swing that open umbrella around in ways that I'm pretty sure made me look a lot less like a critter and more like a ufo. Stopped being afraid, and didn't really think about it after that.

I get nervous once in a while when hiking by myself and thinking about things that *could* happen, but then the moment passes and it's not a big deal. I don't carry a SPOT and don't plan on ever getting one, either. I will never carry bear spray unless I am somehow magically able to travel into grizzly territory. I will always carry a bear canister in the Sierra.
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Re: Anyone battle fear on the trail?

Postby RoguePhotonic » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:19 am

I can't say I really have any fear on the trail. The closest is when I am on slopes that I figure I will probably die on or worse when the TP roll is getting lower then I would like!
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Re: Anyone battle fear on the trail?

Postby Electra » Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:22 am

Before I was 35 = no fear. After 35, i wouldn't call it fear but more awareness of my physical limitations. Small nagging injuries would pop up more (calf strain and upper hammy issue) and sometimes in the back country which is no good. This would weigh on me as i hiked solo as l liked to push long, tough days and these tweaks could quickly become major issues. After 40 = wife and kids and a whole new perspective on the inherent dangers of the wilderness. Maybe my ego doesn't want to call it fear but rather 'perspective', but it's certainly there. I could go on and on. Great topic.
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