Originally Posted by Acer
Many years ago was on a fly-in fishing trip out of Lac Seul, ON. Canada, and me and a buddy made a portage into another lake to fish, about a mile long, and we fished for a few hours after making the portage, and had our limits of walleye, and northerns, and decided to portage back, dragging a 14ft V bottom boat, and all our equipment and gear and fish,,and a black bear started following us,,it kept getting closer and closer,,till finally was right upon us within about 20ft, and we were doing a stand-off with it,,finally we threw our stringers of fish at him as he was closing in on us. He took the fish and dragged the 2 stringers into the brush so we beat it back down the portage with everything,,as it took 2 trips and we were on our second,,got back out of the fly-in,,told the outfitter about it,,,later that summer, got a letter from him,,ours was the second time the bear had done it to fishermen that season,,3rd time later that spring the bear chased down some more fishermen,,,they had to go up and kill the bear to keep it from happening ever again. I have had a couple of other encounters of bears but nothing like that experience.
Another time,,I was in Vietnam,,we had a typhoon hit us while on patrol,,10 Marines and a Naval Corpsman,, and we were radioed to get to high ground as fast as possible,,in less than a hour,,winds were over 100 mph,,we were all tied together by rope,,I was point man,,and went across a small stream of water that was about 10ft wide and ankle deep,,by the time the last man crossed it, we had to pull him across by rope as he was swimming,,lost his rifle, and pack and everything except what clothes he wore,,we didn't think he was going to make it. We got to a old abandoned hill compound that had 3/4 of a very small 15' x 20' building still on the very top of it standing,,spent the nite in 200 mph winds and rain pounding us and not able to move..after the storm,spent the next 3 days killing every imaginable poisonness snake that was trying to get to high ground as we were surrounded by water that was over 30ft deep...when we tried to sleep at nite, 2 would stand guard, burning pieces of bamboo for light,,still killing snakes occasionally as the rest of us huddled together in the corner of the hut. We killed more than 75 snakes over 3 days with the biggest about 22 ft long python, to this day,,snakes bother me. If I see them first,,I'm ok and can mess with them,,but if they sneak up on me, I still jump and run. Just don't care for snakes to this day.
Fear is a mindset. You have to control your fear, if nothing more, to think clearly, and analyize your situation and figure out, how to work the situation before you out, to your benifit.