1) OMG is that a bear? (answer: no it is a stump/rock/shadow/the sound of the tips of your own hiking poles rustling the bushes)
A mild, but nagging and wholly irrational, ursaphobia is the bane of my solo hiking/climbing existence. I don't know how many times I have had to mutter to myself, "For God's sake, you're a grown man. Carry on."
So I'm glad to know there's an informal support group here :-)
At least it gives me an excuse to indulge my off-key singing and ill-remembered poetic recitations. It's all for the benefit of the bears.