Former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan suffered his own life-endangering moment while taking part in a charity climb of 14,411ft Mt Rainier in Washington state.
He reports: "My right eye suddenly blurred at about 11,000ft. I kept it quiet – I didn't want to be the guy who held up the group. Pride plays a factor and pride is dangerous in those slippery, steep and treacherous places. At 12,000ft both my eyes went blurry and nausea was overcoming me. At about 12,800ft a guide from another climb came up to me and announced he thought I had a cerebral edema, and 'could die soon if he doesn't get down very quickly.'
"I guess my eyes were rolling about a bit and I was stumbling like a drunken sailor. It was time to turn the climb around. I had to pull everything I had from deep inside me just to get down." [Seattle Weekly] More rock news