Athlete Q&A: Your most harrowing adventure moment

Angelika Rainer – World Champion Ice Climber
Certain moments at the cave in Helmcken Falls, Canada, when you could hear the noise of some huge icicles falling down and crushing on the ground.
Sam Hamer – Ambitious Rock Climber
Watching a base jumping accident while commited 250 metres off the deck on a big muti itch in Spain.

Mick Fowler – An award-winning British mountaineer and author
Sadly, mine involves a death of a friend. Brendan Murphy dying on the descent from Changabang in 1997.

Steve Birkinshaw – Veteran Mountain Runner
Competing in a Mountain Marathon. We pitched the tent for the overnight camp in what looked like a good spot. But it was in a little hollow and the overnight rain filled the hollow with water and I had a wet sleeping bag most of the night. Lying there shivering for hours and hours was horrible. Time dragged, ten minutes seemed like an hour. I was so happy to set off the next morning but it took an hour to stop shivering. We still won!!
Steve Birkinshaw on his way to winning the 2012 Dragons Back Race
Molly Thompson Smith – Climber and youngest member of the Berghaus team
I’ve not really had any of these, but the most scared or gutted I’ve ever been on a climbing trip was watching my team mate, friend, and the European Champion Aidan Roberts slip off the top of his first boulder in Fontainebleau this year and fall 5m down, and a metre out and away from any pads shattering his heel. It was one of those moments where there was nothing you could do to prevent what was happening, all you could do was watch in horror. It was all a bit of a blur.