Facing our fears

From the July 26, 2012 edition

We want it to be known: This was all Heather’s idea.

We were brainstorming cover story ideas a few months ago, and assistant editor Heather Gross pitched a story about Alive staffers facing their deepest fears head-on. What a great idea! What a lark!

Putting that idea to work, though, proved challenging for each of us. When the moment came to do the facing, palms got sweaty, foreheads puckered a little and hearts raced a little faster.

We’ve all got that one thing (OK, some of us have several things) that scares the bejesus out of us, even though we’re all grown up. We faced our fears — and got photographed doing it, by the way. If you’d like to do the same, we’ve included a list of places to go to experience things that send shivers down most spines.