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Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Jun 8, 2010 - 02:22pm PT
Ticks are so gross. I would not expect them around Tahoe, but I'm no expert.

Do you give your dog Frontline or anything like that? It works well for us, and our dog is in tick infested brush all the time.
Stewart Johnson

yo mama
Jun 8, 2010 - 03:38pm PT
not really, you imported ticks on your dog. no ticks above 1750 meters!

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jun 8, 2010 - 04:18pm PT
no ticks up that high that I've experienced. but I've not spent that much time in Tahoe

Trad climber
bay area
Jun 8, 2010 - 07:58pm PT
About a week ago, I found two ticks crawling on me at the base of the Black Wall, Donner Summit. Seems like they are up there, at least this year.

Boulder climber
Jun 8, 2010 - 08:49pm PT
the Skanks are taking over castle rock state park,

or is it skinks?

either way, the lizzard with the long tail, i think its a skank.

looks like a skank, if it acts like a skank, then its a skank, right?

so it was giving me the skink eye, now i have pink eye, dang skank,

most people wouldn't know a skank even if it sat up on it's hind legs and ate biscuits all day long.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jun 8, 2010 - 09:26pm PT
"no ticks above 1750 meters! "
In your dreams!
Ever b een to vedauwoo (~8600') in tick season?
Estes Park?
Black Wall?

I got tick fever above 1750 meters!

Way out there....
Jun 8, 2010 - 09:31pm PT
Its a skink. And my dog and I had a tick attack this year at Mt Erie.(500 ft). On my dog by the hundreds from one walk. Haven't sen many since.

Trad climber
Jun 8, 2010 - 09:34pm PT
ummmmmmmmmmm. . . no ticks above 1750 meters?


Sight some beta on that one. . . please?


Spider Savage

Mountain climber
Jun 8, 2010 - 09:35pm PT
Wait a sec... Willie is your dog? You mean the furry pet. Right? Okay, I was reading this whole thing wrong. That 2nd paragraph about the Coyote... Could have said Cougar and it would have sounded really funny. :-D
Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
Jun 8, 2010 - 10:39pm PT
Pulled two attached on the back of my head yesterday. Nita wouldn't do it for me.

My work area butts up in the southeast to Tahoe Forest around Bullards Bar but not near Tahoe itself but I can say they are fierce this year. In ten years of bushwhacking for a living I have not had so many attach so quickly rather than the usual hike around a bit before settling in.

Beware in tick country this year as I have averaged 5 attached ticks out of about ten found, per week since march or so.

Here are some of the tiniest f*#kers I ever had. Those are threads on my carharts for scale.
I'm a tick magnet,  Ticks dig me.
I'm a tick magnet, Ticks dig me.
Credit: Timid TopRope


Boulder climber
Jun 9, 2010 - 01:19am PT
yeah, and Bluering said to check your scrotum, joetum.

and check for skanks.


Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jun 9, 2010 - 01:30am PT
I haven't encountered any in the Tahoe basin yet, and I'm in the field every day, all summer. But I did find one on me at Black Wall (Donner Summit) last year. That was a first. Oh my GAWD, Al Gore was RIGHT!!!!! A bit lower down, they're out at Boca/Stampede (Truckee) for sure.

Tucson, AZ
Jun 9, 2010 - 01:31am PT
Thanks Spider....

someone had to do it. I just couldn't bring myself to it.

Woulda been a waste of a good thread if we didn't go there

Buzzard Point, TN
Jun 9, 2010 - 09:18am PT
Ya I must concur, Lamoille Canyon (well over 2000m) has some of the most populous tick population I've ever encountered. Whilst new routing there was a miniature army marching up the slab towards me. 28 casualties that day, but a few probably broke thru enemy lines :(
Tony Bird

Northridge, CA
Jun 9, 2010 - 09:53am PT
tick infestation can take all the joy out of bushwhacking.

my pal scotty is recently recovered from a bout of lyme, a nasty little disease and often difficult to diagnose. he does lots of bushwhacking in the south sierra. the doc noticed the telltale bite with a halo around it, so his diagnosis was easy.

back in wisconsin the ticks are thick in the northwoods. always happy for the first frost and hunting season--they're gone then. i bushwhacked in california for about three years in the early 80s before i saw my first tick, a brown one, in the santa anas. haven't seen too many since then. i believe the deer tick, the half red one up there, is the lyme culprit, and i don't think we even had them in california until recently.

i've always been able to pull ticks off gently. they say if you touch them with a hot, freshly extinguished match stick, they'll back right out. but who carries matches any more?
Stewart Johnson

yo mama
Jun 9, 2010 - 10:19am PT
im really exited to never have gotten a tick.
im more exited to get everyone talkin in meters.
ive never seen a tick here at lake tahoe, 1900 meters.
phantom spires yes.but thats the nature of the tick and all insects,
they can adapt to new environs quickly.
yaks cant live under 2800 meters.

Trad climber
Jun 23, 2010 - 12:34am PT
I got one on my thigh after a weekend at the Leap last year. It was really warm, and I was sleeping outside on my cot, w/ the zipper halfway open. It's prolly overkill, but now I either sleep in a tent or in my car when I go there.

I didn't notice the tick until Monday...not quite under the balls, but close. Then I sent it in to make sure it didn't have lyme disease, b/c I am crazy a fukler about that stuff.

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jun 23, 2010 - 12:35am PT
Global warming....

Trad climber
south lake tahoe, ca
May 5, 2014 - 08:26pm PT
I live in South Lake Tahoe and have always been suspicious of ticks because I've heard a couple stories. Well it's official: Ticks DO exist in Tahoe. For those critics, my dog nor I have left the basin in some time and today I found one on him and removed it. Hopefully, I just killed the last remaining tick in Tahoe!...but I am suspect.

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
May 5, 2014 - 08:31pm PT
I've had don't want to go there.
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