I can't think of many things I won't try but I have categorically said that I will never do a sky dive. I don't know why. actually I do - it's because I have a fear (rational or irrational) that either the parachute won't open or, when it does, it will somehow malfunction. I know it's a comparatively safe activity but it doesn't change the fact, in my mind at least, that I will never do it.
What fears do you folks have/activities you will not partake in for what ever reason?
In reply to highclimber: stairs with no backs are my irrational fear. Ladders are fine and climbing is ok but ascending stairs with no backs sends me into a panic attack. I have no idea why they upset me so much.
Slight fear of spiders, no big issue, but planes and roller coaster. I love the look of them and would love to like them, but I just hate them. They don't terrorfy me but I really hate having no control over it, I do far more dangerous things on a motorcycle, but I'm in control. Also I don't like the idea of plummeting to my doom for ages if something goes wrong
I did get to go in a 4 seater light aircraft sat in the co-pilot seat which felt better as I could do something if something happened to the pilot (I did have a go), but the rickety nature of the craft disturbed my calm :D
In reply to highclimber:
That's quite a rational fear, though, to be fair.
I'm always really nervous about phoning people up in any sort of formal context. I mean, it doesn't reduce me to a quivering wreck or anything, but I always find myself putting it off for as long as possible...
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> That's quite a rational fear, though, to be fair.
> I'm always really nervous about phoning people up in any sort of formal context. I mean, it doesn't reduce me to a quivering wreck or anything, but I always find myself putting it off for as long as possible...
Same here, though I don't think its that I'm frightened, just uncomfortable.
In reply to highclimber: heights! Ok on the route, will run it out, even at my grade limit, but once on top I am terrified, of falling back off. Can't lean over the edge and look down, have to be tied on really solidly. Keeps mates amused. (Also scared of being on high bridges, tall buildings and ladders.) Starting abs, although once actually past the first 4 ft I love it.
In reply to highclimber: I hate crowds, can't stand them. We took the kids to a bonfire on Saturday at the park, and my stomach started doing back flips when i saw the amount of people there.
The other thing is heights. I know it sounds daft saying that on a climbing forum, but that's the reason why i don't climb. Just remember though, if you need a partner to guard your cheese sarnie's at the foot of the crag, i'm your man!
In reply to highclimber: It's the height. For example I can stand at the bottom of Malham Cove and look up, and the knees start knocking followed by feeling dizzy. The same thing happens at the top as well, i can't go near the edge.
Don't get me wrong, i'd give my left testicle to be able to climb, but whenever i've tried i get about 6' up and just freeze.
I'm fine up on the hill when there's solid ground under me, in fact the higher the better. Maybe it's the exposure that gets me, i don't know. What i do know is that is depresses me when i read about the routes that you lot do.
Jealous? Yes, very much so.
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> I've skydived and loved it - but I'd never do a bungy jump!
> I like my spine as it is, thanks
Me too, I really can't see the point of a bungy jump, and I'm convinced that the threat of bouncing back up and getting the rope caught round your neck is not a zero risk. I've never liked falling off climbing so why should I pay to fall, similar with bridge jumping, not for me. I have no problem with most real adventure sports, was a caver and a canoeist off and on all throughout my climbing career.
White-water rafting. I'd love the adrenaline rush, but the though of cold salty water splashing my face horrifies me. I can't even do front crawl as I hate water up the nose and my face immersed. Urgh.
I'd be happy to do a sky dive, but not a bungee jump. Other no no's include riding pillion on a motorbike, white water rafting, go karting and being inside one of those big balls which roll down hills. Bull running doesn't hold much appeal either, but snakes don't scare me. Paint balling upsets my conscience too, because I find the concept of adults "playing at war" disturbing when there are people out in Afghanistan etc doing it for real.
OK's have included galloping on a thoroughbred, cave diving, surfing, zip wires, aerobatics in a light aircraft and skiing, but not tobogganing.
> (In reply to highclimber) heights! Ok on the route, will run it out, even at my grade limit, but once on top I am terrified, of falling back off. Can't lean over the edge and look down, have to be tied on really solidly. Keeps mates amused. (Also scared of being on high bridges, tall buildings and ladders.) Starting abs, although once actually past the first 4 ft I love it.
It's that queer feeling in your heels- almost daring you to lean out and let go.
Odd how even when I'm scared on a route with disco legs, I never get that feeling. But stood safely behind a barrier, I need to back away.
not a fan of man-made heights; rollercoasters, some tall buildings (more than about 30 floors).
bungy jumping im not into. i work all summer rigging for bungy and its fine (even when its man-made bridges we hang off the bottom of, go figure that out...). its the being sprung back upwards that freaks me out.
public speaking i love. controlling a room full of people, whats not to like? the more the better, tho woodstock or nuremberg might be tittillating.