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Could you have made the descent down Kevin's Watch?
Definitely: No problem at all. I don't mind heights. Piece of Cake.
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No freaking way. I'd starve to death before I could muster the courage.
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I don't have any way of knowing for sure. I'd have to be there.
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I would call the Eagles to fetch me down!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:01 pm    Post subject: Could you make the descent from Kevin's Watch? Reply with quote

One of the most memorable moments that left a very distinct impression on me when I first read Lord Foul's Bane was the scene where Covenant finally agrees to make the climb down from Kevin's Watch. The narrative paints a rather unimaginable picture for anyone not just Thomas Covenant. A relatively narrow column of stairs cut into the side of a stone cylinder angling out away from the side of a mountain that places the Watch itself thousands of feet above the valley below. The stairs have no railing, its essentially an exposed ladder that is angled just enough that each step is slightly below and away from the one above. Covenant must navigate this harrowing scenario without being able to properly feel his fingers, without any feeling in his feet and only three fingers on one hand. AND fighting vertigo the entire way. Maybe its just me but I wouldn't want to have anything to do with making a descent of this kind under any conditions. However TC managed it because he really had no other choice. Thankfully Lena was there to assist however she could which at least provided a bit of moral support.

For me given the same circumstances I have to admit I'd be forced to take on the descent but if it weren't in any way a life and death situation I definitely would avoid it all costs.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have acrophobia, so it would be difficult for me. I picked the "I'd have to be there" option.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have acrophobia, so it would be difficult for me. I picked the "I'd have to be there" option.


In truth that is probably the most logical response. No one ever really knows how they would react under stress. At least not for certain.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

no problems with heights, I would rather not starve to death, so down is the only way to go.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suffer from vertigo.. One step is all I would have to make and I would be down...

The first book was made out that it was hard to get down.
But the third book Saltheart made the trek, so it would have to be determined how large and wide the steps were.
Add the slope of the decent would have to be known.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I suffer from vertigo.. One step is all I would have to make and I would be down...

The first book was made out that it was hard to get down.
But the third book Saltheart made the trek, so it would have to be determined how large and wide the steps were.
Add the slope of the decent would have to be known.


Watch that first step. Its a doozy. Big Grin
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No way! Lena would have to have brought me food and shelter and my entire time in the Land would have been spent on the Watch (until the Haruchai bundled me kicking and screaming onto their shoulders and carried me down). Eeek
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ur Dead wrote:
I suffer from vertigo.. One step is all I would have to make and I would be down...

The first book was made out that it was hard to get down.
But the third book Saltheart made the trek, so it would have to be determined how large and wide the steps were.
Add the slope of the decent would have to be known.

The giant had advantages---not least, the giantish affinity for stone and a ton of experience.
Having been forced to confront my own issues a couple times---naked heights like cliffs and ladders above the second story being one of them---I could probably force myself to make the descent...but there is a reasonably high risk I'd have a heart attack on the way down, and would need a day or two of "I'll just lie here in the fetal position, if you don't mind" recovery after reaching the bottom.

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