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I Nearly Died in a Bog Yesterday!

 10:02 pm on Nov 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

No, not that kind of bog. I'm talking about a real bog, a peat bog. I was out walking by myself, a couple of miles from home yesterday afternoon, on a deserted hill above Loch Lomond. I decided to cross some moorland to get to the highest viewpoint. As I got further in I found that the ground was very soggy and I was having to pick my way through the drier parts.

At one point I found myself stranded on a dry clump surrounded by sodden area. I saw what looked like a solid area about four or five feet ahead and I tried to quickly stride/jump over to it. When my leading leg landed there was this slurping noise and my whole leg disappeared into a hidden swamp up to my ****. As I fell forward I managed to spread my arms out and grasp on to the rough grass. Between this, and my other leg being on the surface, I managed to stop myself sinking further. The smell was putrid as the marsh gases escaped and for a horrible moment I thought my number was up. I actually thought about throwing some of the stuff from my pockets onto the area around me so that if I sunk below the surface people would know what had happened to me.(I had told my wife I was going walking but I never said where.)

The panic subsided as I realised that I was not sinking further and I gradually managed to pull myself out. When I got out I was freezing but obviously happy to be alive. Then I realised I had to turn back and cross the quarter mile or so that I had traveled into this area. I was ******* myself, scared to put my feet down anywhere but eventually I managed to get back on the path and headed quickly for home. The last half mile or so before my house is in quite a busy area and it was only about 3.30 pm Saturday so you can imagine the stares I was getting as I strode home with muck dripping from my @ss. Dignified? NOT!

Anyway, this was a strange experience for me as I've never thought of walking in this area as being dangerous. Who would have thought that there could be hidden bogs like this on top of a hill in Scotland? My whole leg went right in and it did not touch anything solid at the bottom so I have no way of knowing how deep it was. Has anyone had or heard of any similar experiences?



 10:33 pm on Nov 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hell no! Ive never heard of anything like that.

You must have terrified, stick to concrete in future when out walking.


 10:58 pm on Nov 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

That must have been a terrifying few minutes thinking you were about to be swallowed up.

Being from Louisiana, we run across similar muck that will do the same. I was a teenager when 4 of us were on an adventure when a friend sunk into something similar. He was the biggest of the 4 and took all of us to pull him out, less one of his boots that was sucked off his foot trying to get out. He would have been stuck there without help.

Getting out requires slow movements. Seems the harder you pull, the harder it pulls back.


 11:32 pm on Nov 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

You coulda been a statistic in a few hundred years or so:


Menon (1997) reports that 1,000 or so bodies or body parts have been found Iron Age peat, while Glob (1965) enumerates the discovery of 529 bog bodies found in the Iron Age peat of northwest Europe with 161 found through the remainder of Europe.


 1:38 am on Nov 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

I could have died twice!

I was about 15 or so, and went on one of those school trips to Brighton. We (entire class) went for a leisurly walk on top of Beachy Head, (world famous for suicides) anyway, a friend and I decided to climb up one of the cliffs, and beat the others to the top, before they made it up the path. (how stupid was that!)

I managed to climb upto about 40 feet, or maybe it was higher, anyway I got stuck and couldn't pull myself up, as the entire cliff was made of chalk, and every time I tried to get a grip - the chalk just dropped off as I moved. I suddenly got very concerned, and panic set in. But worse than that, I was near the top, so 1 more foot and I would be on safe land, also the main group were way ahead of me down the path.

Luckily, 2 more classmates came along and helped me up, while the other shot ahead to get the teacher.

Jesus Christ! For about five minutes solidly, I was stuck and the only thing that kept me from my death was my grip strength, and 2 clumps of grass that was embedded in the cliff face. If someone hadn't have come along, I reckon I would have been another statistic..


 2:56 pm on Nov 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

Has anyone had or heard of any similar experiences?

Only in the movies, BeeDeeDubbleU. Princess Buttercup sinking into the snowsand. Just be glad there weren't any ROUS's attacking you when you pulled yourself out! (References from the movie The Princess Bride in case you have no idea what I'm talking about)

Anyways, glad to know you're all right! What a terrifying experience. But now you have a great story to tell for years to come. And a place to send your enemies in the future;)


 4:12 pm on Nov 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

>> I was out walking

This is about where you started to go wrong. You were given two feet, one for an accelerator and the other for the brake. Don't misuse them!

Glad you are back with us, anyway


 4:25 pm on Nov 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

yeah Thanks lol. I should have stayed at the Hotel lol.

Cliffs can be dangerous things, and I suggest using the proper climbing gear. The things you do when you're young eh...


 5:53 pm on Nov 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

You were given two feet, one for an accelerator and the other for the brake.

I don't think your supposed to drive with both feet. You should use the same foot for the accelerator and the brake. That way you don't end up pressing them both at the same time.


 6:07 pm on Nov 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

>> You should use the same foot for the accelerator and the brake

I agree. Being economical with how many feet you use is something I won't argue with. This will now leave my left foot free which I can tuck under my right thigh. When I need to press the clutch I can use my left hand (you can't use the right hand because when you take it off the steering the horn goes quiet).

Next week my ban expires and I can drive again.


 6:59 pm on Nov 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

BDW, I'm really glad you're okay! Life is difficult enough without THAT sort of encounter!


 8:38 pm on Nov 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

Is there a website in this?


 8:57 pm on Nov 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

Is there a website in this?

There is a website in everything! ;)


 9:46 pm on Nov 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

Probably. I found this:


Lot's of stuff about stupid people here:


Helpful hints for crossing bogs:



 10:17 pm on Nov 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

Lot's of stuff about stupid people here:

Oh come on! As if I didn't feel bad enough already.


 6:52 pm on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

We could sign you up for a Darwin Award but it'd get rejected because you didn't die.


 7:02 pm on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Nice one, LOL :)

And here's hoping BDW never wins one of those even if he doesn't make further contributions to the gene pool


 10:47 pm on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Excuse me! Keep the Darwin awards out of this. You have to do something stupid to qualify for this. I did nothing stupid. Did I? ;)


 11:33 pm on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

No, you didn't. You were in the wrong place at the wrong time....

Lighten up guys. I don't think she needs people telling her she's stupid, or even implying it under the guise of joking.... a close encounter with death is NOT funny.


 3:36 am on Nov 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

On the back corner of our property there is a small pond in which I put a replica alligator - about 8 foot long - made of foam and floating on the surface. It's good for a laugh when kids come across it.

About a month ago my wife was down there, I don't remember why, but she was dressed up pretty nice, and wearing her best sandals.

She became entranced by a frog in the pond...

She was trying to get a better view of that little guy...

In a momentary lapse of reason, forgetting that the fake alligator was floating, she stepped on it in order to lean out over the pond and get a better view of the little frog...

Somewhere on the bottom of the pond is one of her best sandals. She also now possesses a rather stained set of what was once a very nice outfit. She was spitting mud, weeds and profanity when she returned to the house.

It is only because I was able to restrain myself from laughing that I still live to tell the tale.



 8:17 am on Nov 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>a close encounter with death is NOT funny

I've had some of those "close encounters". And they were not funny at the time.

I'm glad that I have the humour to laugh when I look back at them (and the circumstances that got me into those pickles). Lighten up!


 8:24 am on Nov 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

Lighten up guys. I don't think she needs people telling her she's stupid,

Thanks for the support Vkaryl but not for thinking I was female. Do I write like a woman? Maybe the shock has done something to me :)


 9:19 am on Nov 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

I think BDW is er, not guilty.


 1:11 pm on Nov 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hehe, didn't mean to inadvertantly call you stupid BDW, my apologies.

...every time I read the title of this thread I keep thinking it says "I nearly died in a Blog yesterday"


 1:23 pm on Nov 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>...every time I read the title of this thread I keep thinking it says "I nearly died in a Blog yesterday"

You spend too much of time online. Try something different. Like going for a walk. Er, on second thoughts, don't!


 1:51 pm on Nov 17, 2004 (gmt 0)



 2:13 pm on Nov 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

I've honestly never used blogs before its just WebmasterWorld messing with my mind.


 3:30 pm on Nov 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

WBF, regarding the alligator, I was out last night and when I got back my sis-in-law was in my house with my wife. My wife started to tell her about my lucky escape and half way through the two of them started laughing. This continued until they were both just about wetting themselves at my escapade.

It wasn't that funny was it?

(She doesn't know that I've hidden the insurance policies, tee hee hee!)


 4:05 pm on Nov 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

vkaryl, where did you get that BDW was female? Or was it political correctness gone wonky? :)


 5:58 pm on Nov 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

Not a clue - just from the beginning thought BDW was female. No idea now....

As to lightening up - I do not now nor have I ever found funny later the times I've come close to death. It's NOT funny. What I think of when those times come to mind is that I will do my level best to not put myself into that situation again....

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