Scariest thing you've encountered in the BC

jimthetramp

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Given the amount of hype surrounding the sensationalist article on 'the button man,' that is making the rounds at the moment, I thought I'd start this thread to hear some of your spooky stories from the Australian backcountry.
 

Snow Blowey

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Jan 7, 2004
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Sketchy slop and a wet slide on north side of the sentinel one day with @bushpatrol. A runaway ski (brake ineffective in the rotten snow). Ski stuck in a bush 50m downslope thankfully but trying to retrieve my leg went down into a gap in the rocks under snow and i was close to going over with it stuck. Would have been some nasty knee damage if i had. Epic slog out sweaty and tired hitting -5 air up high and went close to hypothermic trying to take a few sunset shots on the way back to camp.
 

Billy_Buttons

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nfip

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not death defying by any stretch.
but the late arvo winter re-freeze.
binding crust on top.
not solid enough you don't punch thru.....
tired legs so can't do the short radius required.
but , have to get " home " so ...
words to self something something "suck it up princess"
 

smackies

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When I encountered the feeling of tummy rumbles that were going to require me to leave the comfort of my tent near Cleve Cole hut and foul my thermals before I could get to the pit toilets. That was terrifying.

Wow. My immediate thought was the trots in Kashmir. Trots is putting it lightly. I learned to undress very quickly. Practice made perfect.
 

telecrag

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I have had much discomfort, including an episode similar to @CarveMan where I seriously thought I might need a chopper. But actual fear? Not so much. One night we heard what sounded like a brumby being killed with a blunt spork, blood curdling. We have asked the aliens to please please please turn up, but the fkers never do.
 

sbm_

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Sleeping in the van at Lake Tahoe, the capital of human-bear interactions in North America.

I figured it was alright because bears hibernate in winter right? Well, early spring they probably haven't woken up yet. Well, mid spring.

*Checks wikipedia on phone* oh they are awake in April. Look over at empty pizza box and open packet of choc chip cookies in the front seat which I am suddenly very aware smell absolutely delicious. F### me...

Well none showed up. Was an uneasy sleep though!
 

Moondog55

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Sleeping at the old Bon Accord hut one night and waking up to the sound of a herd of elephants stampeding down the hill directly towards the hut, until I realised it was simply the damned resident possums playing tag on the roof beams after raiding the packet of butternut snaps I'd stupidly left on the table. Was a weird sensation tho dreaming of elephants but possums can be incredibly noisy
 
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nfip

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About 5 years ago driving berween Pambula and Bombala , middle of no where there was
A grisley adams type mountain man emerging from thick scrub at the side of the raod , semi camo.
We kept on driving, they are out there.

I drive the Badja road ( Braidwoood-Cooma) quite often.
Will admit I am not always 100% comfortable at times stopping for a leak out there .....
 
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Xplora

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Not entirely scary but I walked into Big Hole on the Barrington Tops and came across a hermit type bloke who turned out wanted to be a self styled guru on the mount where people would come for words of wisdom. As he spotted me he quickly got into guru position in front of his tent (legs folded and hands on knees) and the he said with a waiving arm 'welcome to Big Hole' I responded 'Yes it is' and continued on. He did the same with my walking companions who were a short distance behind. We made camp well away from him and not in a great spot either. Later he invited himself to our campsite with a lump of wood for the fire and then sat down to talk in a pseudo religious manner, plenty of thees and thous, and would not stop. This went on for a what seemed an eternity but in any case approaching a couple of hours. It took a while to work out if he was safe or not. Some nutters can turn their moods quickly. Eventually I had to ask him to leave but slept lightly all night. Sometime later, on another trip to the Barringtons I read a note in the log book at Selby Ally hut which referred to a strange man hiding behind a tree on the other side of the river and watching them.
 

Scrap

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Not scary or backcountry but in line with the thread. Me and the misso spotted Cathcart Johnny east of Cathcart on the Darragh road. Looked like he had travelled through time from the 1920's. Glad to have seen him. A mate with land out that way has spotted him too.


Had plenty of pants browning slips and falls in the backcountry. And fog outs of course.
 

piolet

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May 27, 2004
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in the cupboard covered in dust
A yellow belly black snake crawling out of the fallen log I was sitting on.
Out hopelessly flicking a fly on the fish River years ago I had popped my thongs on. Stung by a bee between my toes as I was walking along, staggered to a stop right about to step on a huuuuuge assed black snake. Bowel movement to match @CarveMan
Not that isolated but 15 mins to the car which was down a fairly dodgy track we took 20mins to drive out of.
I hate snakes.
 

snowgum

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Late September 95’: a mate and myself were camped at Siemens Hut, Kosi.

Early arvo we were heading for Twynham when my mate broke is ski half way up and headed back.

I pushed on but reached Twynham about 6pm. Calculated risk so I thought.

But the infamous late pm/evening main range fog turned up and filled the Snowy basin so decided’ it was safer’ to stick to the crest of the MR over Curruthers. Reached Mt C 7ish. Pretty dark. Head torch was handy.

Well after picking my way around the melt areas and rocks, and being fed by a group camping near Muellers I tried to descend carefully to Seaman’s Hut. (Easy bit)? But below me everywhere was the bloody great Kosi cornice crack (SW ridge?) - I had traversed too high!

I tried following the ridge in the Cootapatamba direction But no luck - no safe crossing of that bloody ‘crevasse’ anywhere!

Eventually I turned back (N/NE) towards Kosi and up top found a safe ‘crossing’ near where the cornice crack started.

With relief I descended slowly and safely to Siemens about 10am. I said hello to my mate rather sheepishly, who said he was deciding what gear of mine was worth ‘salvaging’.

I tried to play it cool but I have to admit I was pretty relieved to hit the pillow that night. Quite a learning experience!

Kosi is that bit bigger and wilder (tougher!) than the Bogong High Plains!
 

smackies

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Feral pigs always scare the bejesus out of me.

Not Australia:
I've never seen a bear but have seen prints and the scratch tree (is that what it is called? The-tree-to-sharpen-claws-to-kill-splitboarders seems so unwieldy). It's never nice to realise all your mates on skis will get away first.

Had a snow leopard follow us up a hill once. Saw its prints in our skin track next lap.
 

snowgum

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Late September 95’: a mate and myself were camped at Siemens Hut, Kosi.

Early arvo we were heading for Twynham when my mate broke is ski half way up and headed back.

I pushed on but reached Twynham about 6pm. Calculated risk so I thought.

But the infamous late pm/evening main range fog turned up and filled the Snowy basin so decided’ it was safer’ to stick to the crest of the MR over Curruthers. Reached Mt C 7ish. Pretty dark. Head torch was handy.

Well after picking my way around the melt areas and rocks, and being fed by a group camping near Muellers I tried to descend carefully to Seaman’s Hut. (Easy bit)? But below me everywhere was the bloody great Kosi cornice crack (SW ridge?) - I had traversed too high!

I tried following the ridge in the Cootapatamba direction But no luck - no safe crossing of that bloody ‘crevasse’ anywhere!

Eventually I turned back (N/NE) towards Kosi and up top found a safe ‘crossing’ near where the cornice crack started.

With relief I descended slowly and safely to Siemens about 10am. I said hello to my mate rather sheepishly, who said he was deciding what gear of mine was worth ‘salvaging’.

I tried to play it cool but I have to admit I was pretty relieved to hit the pillow that night. Quite a learning experience!

Kosi is that bit bigger and wilder (tougher!) than the Bogong High Plains!

Correction! You’ve probably guessed that 10pm. :rolleyes: Still a relief though! :D
 
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snowgum

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Late September 95’: a mate and myself were camped at Siemens Hut, Kosi.

Early arvo we were heading for Twynham when my mate broke is ski half way up and headed back.

I pushed on but reached Twynham about 6pm. Calculated risk so I thought.

But the infamous late pm/evening main range fog turned up and filled the Snowy basin so decided’ it was safer’ to stick to the crest of the MR over Curruthers. Reached Mt C 7ish. Pretty dark. Head torch was handy.

Well after picking my way around the melt areas and rocks, and being fed by a group camping near Muellers I tried to descend carefully to Seaman’s Hut. (Easy bit)? But below me everywhere was the bloody great Kosi cornice crack (SW ridge?) - I had traversed too high!

I tried following the ridge in the Cootapatamba direction But no luck - no safe crossing of that bloody ‘crevasse’ anywhere!

Eventually I turned back (N/NE) towards Kosi and up top found a safe ‘crossing’ near where the cornice crack started.

With relief I descended slowly and safely to Siemens about 10am. I said hello to my mate rather sheepishly, who said he was deciding what gear of mine was worth ‘salvaging’.

I tried to play it cool but I have to admit I was pretty relieved to hit the pillow that night. Quite a learning experience!

Kosi is that bit bigger and wilder (tougher!) than the Bogong High Plains!

Correction! You’ve probably guessed that 10pm. :rolleyes: Still a relief though! :D
 

snowgum

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Make that four bloody corrections! Apologies All - my Ipad seemed to ignore my posting then accepted ‘post reply’ :(:oops::whistle:

<next story pls!>
 
Not AUS but...

We walked out of a high forest trail into a meadow in the mountains near Whistler (mid summer) and nearly walked smack bang into a mature black bear. It just lifted it's head, mouth full of flowers and grasses and eyeballed us nonchalantly as we slowly backed away into the forest and waited, whilst jingling bells and calling out loudly. Probably less than 3m from us. Luckliy he wasn't really startled and was less than interested and wandered off down the hill away from the trail.

Slick rock MTB with my brother in Zion, May 2017, we set up our remote camp on the edge of ravine after a long day of riding and settled into our chairs with a couple of brews. No talking, just taking in the views and relaxing when all of a sudden there was a very close and distinctive rattle near my brother's chair. He's used to snakes living out the back of San Diego but he literally flew through the air out of the chair and less than 10 secs later it slid under his chair and mine and out the other side of camp. Still gives me shivers now.

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Arne

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Definitely being caught out in thunderstorms at high altitude above the tree line.
Has happened heaps in winter ski resorts, but you just ski down.
In summer however hiking, nowhere to hide, lightning bolts striking close by. Weather closing in. A couple times in Colorado really comes to mind. Once up Mt Baldy at Breck watching the storm being deflected by the mountain ranges and channeling down the valleys. Another time wearing light gear. Warm day 25 degrees above 3500m then lightning, hail, rain, snow. 20cms of snow in the end covering and hiding hiking trails. Trudging any way to get down we were wet, cold, very miserable and hyperthermic when we got to safety. Very vivid memories.
 

dawooduck

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Finding my down from The Devils Causeway in a white out on Tele skis, managed not to fall off the cornice but it would probably have been a quicker way down.

Clinging to a face on the back side of Mont Fort, boot kicking, toe teetering up a couloir with skis on shoulder .... but the ski from the top was very nice.

Driving across Rabbits Ear pass in a monumental blizzard at 2:00am in a FWD hire Magna, ain't no one out there.

A little way down off piste in Tsuigake when the snow went ..... crraaaccckk!!! and the scary traverse into the trees.

Busting through waist deep in a crevasse in the rocks around double trouble, fck me took me 40mins to get out with some innovative use of skis and poles.

Tree well in Vail secret off piste when I was the last runner, that was a real struggle climbing up the branches, another half a metre down and I would still be there.

Happy Skiing
Happy Life
 

art

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Spent a week hiking in sequoia national park. Was sure i would see a bear or 2 and was sort of looking forward to seeing some bears in a meadow from a distance. Got to the afternoon of my last day and was resigned to not seeing a bear. On dusk tired from a long walk keen to get back to the trailhead... I froze on the spot as a bear crosses the trail less the 10m in front of me gives a snort in my direction and carries on. Im just thinking i wonder how long i should wait before carrying on and its cub walks across.
Was amazing but im not sure i wanted to be that close to a mum and cub and lucky i wasn't even closer
 

telecrag

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Running down from Twynam getting pelted by golf balls was not fun. Have had many lightning experiences, not sure its scary as such though. Wild pigs are scary, been a long time since I had an encounter with one now, so its faded into memory a bit. Heaps of snakes, but they don't scare me at all, I don't mind when you get a good look at one.

Have had two experiences involving unhinged rangers, one with a gun, Ranger Danger!
 

GS

Part of the Furniture
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May 20, 2004
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Slipped descending the NW Couloir on Mt Cook, about 1800 M climbing,tired after about 15hours on the go.
Zero to warp speed in the pucker of a sphincter on the 50 degree evening ice with a long frozen way below to crevasses.
Self arrested in a microsecond which seemed like an eternity.

:eek:

never been in terrain like that but have had some falls in places one probably shouldn't fall. Tend to find them scary afterwards when reflecting rather than at the time when it all happens way too fast.

Another vote for big electrical storms way above the tree line and nowhere to escape, they are bloody scary.
 

LMB

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May 6, 2010
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Not snowy but still mountain and scary.

Descending Kilimanjaro a Japanese group above us were basically running out of control downhill from boulder to boulder and using the boulder to stop them before starting off again. They were spent and not making real great decisions.

They dislodged a massive boulder that then rolled down the mountain across the switchback descent path we were using.

Ducking out of the way of that thing as it picked up speed and watching it go below us narrowly missing people on the way down was sickening.
 

jonathanc

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I once encountered @telecrag and @Untele-whippet - they were carrying packs that could have contained weapons and their jackets were bulging with what could have been muscle.

I was solo and unarmed, plus being a snowboarder I was at a clear disadvantage both physically and intellectually.

Fortunately I managed to convince them that I wasn't a threat by putting my skins on backwards. Definitely could have ended badly if that didn't work...
 

ecowain

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I once encountered @telecrag and @Untele-whippet - they were carrying packs that could have contained weapons and their jackets were bulging with what could have been muscle.

I was solo and unarmed, plus being a snowboarder I was at a clear disadvantage both physically and intellectually.

Fortunately I managed to convince them that I wasn't a threat by putting my skins on backwards. Definitely could have ended badly if that didn't work...
They are pretty scary!

Hatchet man at schlink was a bit scary at times.
 
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