Keeping in Arizona, hikes only or climbs/ scrambles? Also, seems we're talking afraid, rather than nervous, which is a different emotion.
Scrambles and Climbs:
Morning Glory Spire, didn't make it up the first time, and the last time I was there my shoes were slipping.
Capitol Butte, we turned back the first time and I recall nothing much, just fear at times.
Bell Rock, no way I was leading that and it was scary.
Close lightning on the Peaks in summer, many times, even below treeline. Once saw a bolt strike a tree that was closer than 500 feet from me and lower than my elevation at the time. Close enough that the flash and clap were simultaneous.
Close Lightning on Black Mesa on September 1, 2012. It was super close there, too, with hail, and cold wind driven rain from a storm that did what storms do. My poncho got shredded, and I was hunkered down under a tree with nearly no other protection. I figured, if hit, my corpse would be found months or years later, if at all, out there.
Some of the wind events on the Peaks in winter, especially early on when I was afraid my stuff would be blown into the Inner Basin- while resting on a summit, typically.
Had my crampons off while coming down Agassiz's NW slope and hit a patch of Neve, started an uncontrolled slide but self arrested. It took a lot less to arrest than expected, I recall. I had the crampons off since I was breaking through thin snow on the ridge and I think I was being lazy and had decided to just make a straight line towards the ski slopes.
Some of my hikes on the Rez, when people would subtly threaten me becuase I was "not supposed to be here", and, "could get hurt out here". Always a male in a truck doing it. I would always recommend group travel out there.
Falls, off trail, when rocks moved while moving over them or when I tripped, south ridge of Agassiz in 2010, and my recent fall in September when I thought I may have broken something( for about 15 seconds).
During the Schultz fire I was briefly afraid my car would be trapped up at Lockett Meadow. I knew it wouldn't be damaged, the Feds would burn that area out, but I didn't want to be stuck there during operations. I was 1 or a few hikers who were up there that day. For that matter, any time I moved transverse across the steep and loose slopes of volcanic rock, in the Upper Basin/ Cirque.
Oh, how can I forget, running down a section of the Pusch Peak hike while a nasty swarm of not too aggressive bees was mostly on my hat, but also me.
And I'm sure a multitude of other times I can not recall. Plus, a ton of times out of state, from descending the upper hundred feet or so (the steepest part) of Whitney in February of 2011, to getting off route on Hesperus in 2008, to starting in to avalanche terrain on some peak in CO in early 2012, to the side walk section on Mt Russell, to some parts of Crestone Needle, to being startled by the DSNGRR while sitting by the river eating lunch and having the locomotive suddenly become loud and break my fog. Scared the hell out of me for a second!
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