SnakeBit, Blinded By Snow, Stabbed thru the Heart, RunOver by a Train, Drowned Surfing at Mavericks, Killed by a CrocSubmitted by RoadSong at 2014-08-31 22:22:25 EDT
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Goin to Heaven in a Flash of Fire. Recorded by Thunder Daddy
Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies. Elie Wiesel
While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die. Leonardo da Vinci
I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand. Benjamin Franklin
Life is hard. Then you die. Then they throw dirt in your face. Then the worms eat you. Be grateful it happens in that order. David Gerrold
No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow. Euripides
Those who have the strength and the love to sit with a dying patient in the silence that goes beyond words will know that this moment is neither frightening nor painful, but a peaceful cessation of the functioning of the body. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure. Clarence Darrow
I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. J. Robert Oppenheimer
A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist. Stewart Alsop
Dying is easy, it's living that scares me to death. Annie Lennox
Here are the top five regrets people have when they are on their death beds.
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. -
2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
I always wanted to die with my boots on and I admire any person who died doing what they believed in.
You do crazy wild things and die like Sarah, Mack or Coots? Hats off to the wild ones. It matters not a whit if I don't like them or what they did that got them killed. They made their own choices and died with style..
Burke was the Canadian freeskiing icon — a four-time winner of the Winter X Games — who fought hard, first to get women involved in her sport, then to take it to the highest level. Died on the halfpipe. Wolford and Coots loved snake dancing. Shane McConkey, Shane (1969 - 2009) was a champion freeskier and pioneer of ski-BASE jumping. By utilizing BASE-jumping techniques and equipment he was able to access lines that previously existed only in people's imagination.
Daniel (1977 - 2006) was an expedition filmmaker, kayaker, and co-founder of Lunch Video Magazine (LVM), which revolutionized whitewater filmmaking and video production over the last decade. Daniel was camped in a tunnel near Asheville, North Carolina as part of a photo / video scouting mission, when he was struck by a train, and died the next morning from his injuries. Daniel had been named one of National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year in 2005 for his participation in the first ever single day descent of the Grand Canyon of the Stikine river.
Allison Kreutzen (1969-2011) was an ER nurse at Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, CA, as well as an accomplished climber (the first woman to free climb Torres del Paine's Central Tower in Patagonia), paddler, skier, and all around athlete. Allison was killed alongside her partner Kip Garre in an avalanche on Split Mountain in the eastern Sierra.
Jean-Christophe Lafaille (1965 - 2006) was a French mountaineer noted for the boldness and difficulty of his ascents. Among his famous moments was a solo descent of Annapurna with a broken arm after his climbing partner had been killed in a fall. Lafaille had vowed never to climb again after the incident, but returned to mountaineering, climbing several new routes without oxygen in the 8,000+ meter peaks of the Himalaya. In 2005 he disappeared on Makalu, the world's fifth highest mountain, while attempting the first winter ascent.
Steve Fossett (1944 - 2007) was an American commodities trader, pilot, and adventurer, perhaps best-known for being the first person to fly around the world solo, nonstop, without refueling. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, Fossett set 116 world records, many having to do with the endurance and speed of glider and balloons flights. He died in September 2007 after his single engine plane crashed in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.
Sion Milosky (1976 - 2011) was a lifelong surfer from Kauai. His story is remarkable in that he gained prominence as a big-wave surfer relatively late in life. In his 30s, and in the middle of running a business and raising a young family, Sion relocated to the North Shore of Oahu, where he began winning big wave events. He was killed in 2011 at Mavericks after being held down by two consecutive waves.
Hendrik "Hendri" Coetzee (1975 - 2010) was a South African kayaker and expedition leader. While on a mission to document unexplored sections of the White Nile and Congo Rivers (as well as draw attention to development projects threatening the region), Coetzee was killed by a crocodile. During his last expedition, he stated, "This is my life. This is what I'm supposed to do."
Mark (February 5, 1958 - December 23, 1994) was a professional surfer based in Hawaii. Mark drowned in a big wave surfing accident in Mavericks (near Half Moon Bay, California) that, due to the seeming innocuous nature of the wipe-out, led to a reexamination of big wave surfing equipment, safety practices, and techniques. Mark had a popular television show in Hawaii dedicated to big wave surfing, and was quoted as saying, "If you want to ride the ultimate wave, you have to be willing to pay the ultimate price."
Dano (February 11, 1963 - November 23, 1998) as he was known, was notorious for his skills at high speed free-soloing (climbing without ropes or other safety gear), and pioneering deliberate controlled falls using climbing ropes instead of bungees. Dano died when his equipment failed during a new record attempt (more than 1000 feet) from the Leaning Tower rock formation in Yosemite National Park. Here is his death jump.
Steve (February 22, 1962 - September 4, 2006) "The Crocodile Hunter." He was given a python for his sixth birthday and wrestled his first croc when he was nine. "I consider myself a wildlife warrior." He was killed by a stingray while snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef. I always thought he was a wanker after watching him hold (dangle) his newborn son as he fed crocs in front of the cameras. Seemed to me he was too interested in putting on a show and if tempting a croc with a baby would get him a few more bucks, it was alright with him. I did wonder what the baby momma was thinking as she watched ole Steve dancing near the edge of the croc pool with her newborn child.
We are all going, I hope to go doing what I believe in, roadtripping, smoking the green bud, having fun, and feeding strays.
Yes! Oh, yes! Read it and weep! In your face -- I got more chicken
bone! -- Homer Simpson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmKjNGhg6zg Snowblind Friend by Hoyt Axton.
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