Words by Ollie Peart | Photography Magnetic Mountains
Risk. It’s different for every one of us. Our personal perceptions of what is risky are often moulded by our own life experiences and upbringing. We all have our own risk threshold, but why is it that some people take it to extreme, hedonistic levels? And when does too much risk become unacceptable?
The climber Steve Wakeford has been asking himself these very questions. Two years ago he fell 70 metres while climbing Les Petites Jorasses in Chamonix.
“I woke up, hanging upside down with my leg broken pointing back towards me, covered in blood…”
“They say I was passed out for two minutes,” he tells me. “I woke up, hanging upside down with my leg broken pointing back towards me, covered in blood. I said, ‘Where am I? Where am I?’ Then I looked at my leg and thought, ‘I’ve not done that before.’”