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risk? 23-Nov-2006 At 2:36:10 PM vwills
>After you have a risky experience where you have felt like your about
>to die; ... How do you feel afterwards (both in the short and long term)
>In retro has this condensed / 'morphed' into fun ?

Immediately You would expect to feel elation but you dont.
Isolation, depression, withdrawal, difficulty concentrating are more common
If you stay at this stage then you have post traumatic stress disorder.

Most people do cope, though I doubt anyone would describe the experience as 'fun". Some start planning their next trip :)

Read Maria Coffeys (Joe Taskers ex) book where she interviews partners and relatives of those who have died in the mountains or nearly died. How they promised to give up their hazardous pursuit and then could not stay away. It provides some insight into the mountaineer mindset, and if you find yourself identifying with the climbers, and not their relatives then you'd better make a will. Mountaineers arent going out intending to die but the risk is significant especially on high peaks. Why go back? She proposes the personality type suffers a "Peter Pan" type syndrome, thriving on change and uncertainty and shunning responsibility. It should also be read if you want to consider the impact on partners and relatives especially if you are considering lying to them (as alluded to in another thread).

The dreams I have of dying are the best I've ever had....its a mad world"
(sorry dont know the artist but like the song)

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