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  1. #16

    Jan 2005
    6 times

    Re: Most scared you've ever been?

    Floating the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park with an idiot at the oars that didn't know what he was doing. We met him at a friends birthday party the night before. He said he had a raft but no truck to haul it any where. Well, I had a truck. So the next day we all meet and drive up into the park.
    There was about eight of us in the raft. More on inner tubes following along. Included in our little group was a gal with her 3 year old. No life vests. But we did have the last 1/2 keg of beer left over from the party. We're on the water for only about a half mile when a couple of us start telling this guy he better start heading to one side or the other of the river to miss that snag up ahead. He says he knows what he's doing. The current will take us right by the snag. So we hit the snag dead on. Current is bouncing the raft up and down pretty good. And it's an old raft. Very low sides compared to todays. So the five guys hop out to try to push the raft off the snag. Water is almost waist deep. Current's moving pretty good. We have to keep picking our feet up one at a time like climbing stairs because we sink down into the gravel if we don't. I'm three feet away from this snag knowing if I slip that's it. I'll get sucked right down into it. We got the raft off the snag but only made it a mile or so down river before a ranger in a boat pulls us over. Turns out the raft was stolen. So we had a 3/4 mile hike to the highway dragging a keg of beer and our fishing gear. Don't know what ever happened to our new "friend". It wasn't too many years earlier a good buddy had drowned in the Snake. Seems like a couple of people a year drowned on that river back then. It's not a situation I'd want to repeat.

  2. #17

    Feb 2004
    GS5 X-5 GMT
    171 times

    Re: Most scared you've ever been?

    Probably the scarest moment for a lot of TN members was when Free-2detect came out of the closet.
    All of those gushy really personal messages they sent to the beautiful Free2 detect had been sent to a middle aged man.


  3. #18

    Aug 2005
    Eastern UP, Michigan
    43 times

    Re: Most scared you've ever been?

    Standing in the bottom of a ditch with ten feet high walls and nowhere to go or hide, seven guys trying to kill me from the top of the ditch with baseball sized rocks from about fifty feet away. One round later, it was all over.

    Confucius say: Bad guy with hole through chest not so bad anymore.
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  4. #19
    Jan 2006
    Houston, TX
    CTX3030, Excalibur II, V3i, TRX
    192 times
    Metal Detecting

    Re: Most scared you've ever been?

    I remember the guy you're talking about slow sweeper.

    I remembered a climbing incident where I think I was more distressed and scared than at any other time. I was climbing a peak called Pangora in the Wind River range in Wyoming. There was the guide and three of us teenagers. Pangora, in the Cirque of the Towers, means "inaccessible peak" in the regional indian dialect (don't remember which). Anyway, I followed the guide and had to pull out his protection (chocks) as I climbed while he belayed me from above. At one point, with at least 600 feet of vertical exposure below, I had to remove this huge chock he had used. I had one sloping hand hold that didn't really have much to hold onto and a tiny friction nubbin for one foot. I tried to get that chock out for 20 minutes with one hand...and one leg hanging out in space. It wouldn't budge. I couldn't go on without removing it because the rope went through it. My two friends 40 feet below (Kenny Oberreit and Curtis might remember them sweeper) could hear my pant leg vibrating against my leg I was shaking so much with anxiety and fatigue. If I fell I probably would have lived since we were doing things correctly, but with nothing but air below you falling is not an acceptable option. I finally got the chock out and made it the rest of the way up that particular pitch. Whew!


  5. #20

    May 2006
    6 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Most scared you've ever been?

    When Jeff of Pa was going to kick me off the forum......
    So many tangles in life are so ultimately hopeless that there is no appropriate sword,other than laughter.......

  6. #21

    Jan 2005
    Sand Springs, OK
    ACE 250, Garrett
    134 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Most scared you've ever been?

    When I was in the Air Force stationed on a bombing range I was controlling traffic. An F101 made a simulated nuclear drop where the plane would approach the target , make a vertical climb and release the bomb. Then he would pull off to a safe distance while the bomb continued up to about 1500 ft, then drop straight back down toward the target. The bomb was a "shape", the same size and weight as a nuclear bomb only it was filled with 2000 lbs of concrete. The plane made his release and the bomb went out of sight over the top of the tower. That in essence made the tower the target instead of the target pylon that was some 1500 yards out in front of the tower. The Weapons Controller, a 1st Lieutenant and I dropped our gear and ran out on the catwalk to see where that bomb was going to land. It looked like it was coming straight down at us but we couldn't tell for sure! We had enough time to discuss whether we should jump off the tower or stay put. It was 50 ft to the ground! We stayed put and the bomb hit about 20 yards from us and sprayed the tower with rocks, concrete an metal shrapnel from the impact crater that was about ten ft. deep and 30 feet across! The pilot was thrown off the range and disqualified for an unsafe release and we got covered with dirt and debris from the impact, but no serious injuries, just a few bruises and scratches. Of course we had to take a long bathroom break or at least long enough to stop shaking and for out hearts to stop pounding! As it turned out the pilot was unfamiliar with the range and had sighted on the tower instead of the pylon. Somewhere in my records I have a letter from the pilot , a captain, apologizing to me, an Airman 2nd class at the time, for nearly killing me, which was quite unusual. The Lt really got pissed because he didn't get one! Monty
    Don't make me loose the hounds! If you dig, Cover up your holes.

  7. #22
    May 2006
    Gold Coast
    2 times

    Re: Most scared you've ever been?

    Quote Originally Posted by vic910

    Then there was the ride Thunder Mountain at Disney World. Never, ever, ever, ever, ever again will I go on that ride! I know, don't laugh.

    Quote Originally Posted by fleamistress
    Space Mountain-memory jolt. More concrete--thanks. A 15yo, Kid 4, and me. I do not like rollercoasters.
    I love roller coasters have riden everything florida has to offer except everest and almost had a chance to last weekend except the people i was with chickened out, cant decied if favorite is MGM's rockin roller coaster or busch gardens kumba <- might make a good thread to a new post
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  8. #23

    Dec 2005
    Longmont, CO USA
    Whites 5900 Di Pro (not SL) Old, but still good
    1 times

    Re: Most scared you've ever been?

    Wow... Just read all the replies in this thread. I don't have anything that would even come close, but I used to have a manager years ago that at one time worked for the Denver police dept and carried a .38 under the car seat. One night someone cut her off on the highway exit ramp when she was on the way home and slammed on the brakes. Having nowhere to go she stopped and for her own safety she pulled out the .38 from under the seat. The guy in the other car walked back to her car apparently pi$$ed off for some reason. He had a baseball bat in his hand. As he walked up to her window she rolled it down and pointed the gun at him and said "You stupid a$$ - - Didn't your mamma ever tell you not to bring a baseball bat to a gunfight?".... He turned around and got in his car and drove away.

  9. #24
    May 2005
    Northern California
    2990 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Most scared you've ever been?

    I think mine would be the day my first son was born. I was sitting in a chair next to my wife's bed. All of a sudden I heard a sort of...whooosh sound. She told me to get a nurse because her water had just broke.........................BROKE!!! To me "Broke" was a bad thing. I went running into the hallway hollering for people. They were telling me to take it easy but, to me, they just were not reacting the way I thought they should. Whatever happened to "Code Blue" and all that stuff?
    Banking off a Northeast wind, sailin' on a summer breeze

  10. #25
    May 2006
    Gold Coast
    2 times

    Re: Most scared you've ever been?

    Monty, you just reminded me of another heart stopping moment. It was about 1980 I was in the navy on dd 972 spruance class Destroyer. I was a fire control tech at the time. We were doing a refueling at Sea, (formation were several ships pull up to a tanker lines are shot across the deck and you pull bigger and bigger ropes till you pull the refueling hoses across) anyhow we already were taking on fuel i don't remember the rate but it was something like hundreds of gallon per minute. We were also receiving supplies and ordnances by helicopter.. I was in the missile division and we were waiting for some seasparrows missile's to be delivered. still taking on fuel and here comes the helicopter with our missile's- well someone screwed up and he dropped the missile's about 15ft to the deck.. EMEGENCY BREAKAWAY, EMEGENCY BREAKAWAY on all ships the idea is to put as much distance as possible between them one goes left one goes right one goes forward one stops . you get the idea Meantime me and another sailor had to push it off the deck. did not breath until a minute after i watched it sink
    Garrett Ace 250 (Dry) / Whites Beach Hunter ID (Shallow) / Fisher 1280-X (Deep)

  11. #26
    Oct 2005
    Northern, Michigan
    willow stick
    144 times

    Re: Most scared you've ever been?

    Probably the worst for me was the time the local authorities shut down my favorite Chinese restaurant.

    But it was reopened a few weeks later and shut down again a few weeks after that. This was a very traumatic time for me but I survived.

    It opened again a few weeks later and is still open today as I type this.

    Please consider a moment of silence in behalf of my favorite restaurant.

    Thank you very much.

    "Everything is an anomaly" Michigan Badger

  12. #27
    Dec 2004
    Troy X5
    53 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Most scared you've ever been?

    MB they close places like that for sanitation/health code violations for good reasons consider another place to get the trots....
    All animals are equal, but some are more equal then others. -George Orwell

  13. #28
    This aint no damn flea circus!!!

    Mar 2006
    Livin' in a tar-paper shack in the woods of Eastern Idaho!
    Fisher F70, Whites QXT, Garrett Pro-Pointer, "Mighty" Diggin' Tool
    16 times

    Re: Most scared you've ever been?

    "So many cats, so few recipes".................
    "Agitate! Agitate! Ought to be the motto of every reformer. Agitation is the opposite of stagnation...... one is life, the other death."
    -Ernestine L. Rose-

  14. #29

    Mar 2005
    Minelab Explorer SE/Garrett GTI 2500/ Ace 250
    51 times

    Re: Most scared you've ever been?

    when my dad had a heart attack and needed quadruple bypass surgery. we really thought we had lost him. his heart problems are still scary.
    GTI 2500/ACE 250

  15. #30

    May 2005
    Holden Beach,North Carolina
    2 times

    Re: Most scared you've ever been?

    Scary moment, on a lazy cruise on a pbr up the perfume river and taking small arms fire from people who didnt like us.
    Kill them all let god sort them out


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