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Ron Anderson

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Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 28, 2013 - 05:37pm PT
or not.. hehehehe...

But they would be easier to spot that those dang Indian toilet seat suckers!
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Apr 28, 2013 - 05:39pm PT
now were talking...
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little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Apr 28, 2013 - 05:47pm PT
that was a quick side-step there Ron, you're a slippery dude
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 28, 2013 - 05:49pm PT
Being slippery keeps jumping tarantulas from landing on you.
Ron Anderson

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Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 28, 2013 - 05:52pm PT
ill have to apologize for my erroneous reporting of the arachnids of hell..

They,, each and every,, scare the crap outta me lol!

And these jumpin muddas now reported are supposedly from N Korea!
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Apr 28, 2013 - 05:55pm PT
now were talking...

That's the only piece of equipment that John Deere won't stand behind!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 28, 2013 - 05:56pm PT
I LOVE Tarantulas!!!

I want a Cobalt Blue!

Credit: survival
Ron Anderson

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Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 28, 2013 - 05:58pm PT
eeesh!

I told you guys about that mystery bug i shot in the rubies right? Still have visions of that bastid comin fer us!


Then there is the time we were fishing a tourney at New Melones during the tarantula migration,, g-o-o-d g-a-w-d....
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 28, 2013 - 06:03pm PT
Sheesh, Ron, you shoulda been with me the time I mistakenly walked into a lesbian bikers' bar! Now that was scary!
Ron Anderson

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Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 28, 2013 - 06:05pm PT
Baahahaa! Yes,, i might consider the tarantulas in that choice!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 28, 2013 - 06:38pm PT
Sidestep, sidestep, segue, segue, JUMP!

In the Italian Taranto, Apulia, the bite of a locally common type of wolf spider, named "tarantula" after the region, [3] was popularly believed to be highly poisonous and to lead to a hysterical condition known as tarantism. The stated belief in the 16th and 17th centuries were that the victims needed to engage in a frenzied dance to prevent death of the disease using very rhythmic music. This became known as the Tarantella. The oldest documents mentioning the relationship between musical exorcism and the tarantula are dated around 1100 BC[no f*#king citation needed]. R.Lowe Thompson proposed that the dance is a survival from a "Dianic or Dionysiac cult", driven underground.[4] John Compton later proposed that these ancient Bacchanalian rites had been suppressed by the Roman Senate. In 186 BC the tarantula went underground, reappearing under the guise of emergency therapy for bite victims.[5]

They call it a "gay tarantella" in some quarters. LOL.
rick sumner

Trad climber
reno, nevada/ wasilla alaska
Apr 28, 2013 - 08:15pm PT
Ron tell us please of the mystery bug. For those that didn't hear first time around.
Ron Anderson

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Topic Author's Reply - Apr 28, 2013 - 08:43pm PT
Rick,, it was up behind the boyscout camp in Thomas canyon- the rubies. My GF, my pooch hazel-ray (yellow lab) and i had been grouse hunting and were coming back down the trail. We came into a flat grassy section near the bottom- a few hundred yards behind the camp when in the trail ahead of us was a BUG!.. It has six HUGE legs, a SMOOTH copper like body- with two painted on looking eyes and antennae. Hazel started barking at it- and it became aggressive,, hissing ans coming towards us! This thing was at least six inches long by 3 inches wide and was quite tall on the trail! Hazel-ray was freaking- and barking, my GF Patti was yelling to shoot it! It kept scuttling quickly in our direction, so finally in a pure self defense action,, i blasted it with a load of 5s from the 20 gauge. It left a HUGE gut pile, and we scampered the heck on down the trail,, jumping at everything that moved lol!

Went to the USFS- they thought us to be crack babys or something lol! No one i know, nor any book ive seen has this creature in it.. But it was REAL! We were not any any strong mind drugs of any nature.. But that fuggin beast was a mean aggresive THING...
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Apr 28, 2013 - 09:23pm PT
"that was a quick side-step there Ron, you're a slippery dude"

When it comes to logic, fact & reason, dude... you don't know the half of it.
rick sumner

Trad climber
reno, nevada/ wasilla alaska
Apr 28, 2013 - 09:49pm PT
Ron that's the farthest north escapee of Area 51 i've ever heard of. You did your duty as a trusted M.I.B. officer. Well done, you headed off an invasion.
Ron Anderson

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Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 28, 2013 - 09:57pm PT
I felt a bit guilty of blasting it,, but when i say self defense,, i mean it in the most literal of sense! It was hissing loud enough to be heard with Hazel barking. And it backed her up to,, a 115 pound Lab! I even looked in african bug books..Zippo..

Close encounter? Well,, we won that battle on that you may rely! Remington number 5 shot to the rescue!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 28, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
Wasn't there some nuclear tests done near the Ruby Mts?
Ron Anderson

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Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 28, 2013 - 10:10pm PT
Maybe Salt lake? With an easterly wind...
Scole

Trad climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 29, 2013 - 09:04pm PT
I hope you were using steel shot
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Apr 29, 2013 - 10:13pm PT
Should have given it four in the ass and one in the head..

I wonder what the hell it was?
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Apr 30, 2013 - 08:50am PT
I had the misfortune to run into a furry, tarantula sized Wolf Spider at a very inappropriate time. Crossing a 12' wide irrigation canal on a narrow 6 x 6 foot path that suddenly became much narrower as mid cross, this damned thing climbs up on top as I'm mid crossing and confronts me. It stared me down, I carefully backed off and walked the extra distance to the next real bridge. Colorado, near Paonia, although they probably could hear me screaming as far away as Hotchkiss or Crawford.

I never saw one as big before or after. Nor did I ever go near that 6 x 6 crossing again.
Ron Anderson

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Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 30, 2013 - 08:55am PT
I hear ya Couch!


And Vegas,, ive no idea what it was.. It IS burned into my memory though! Perhaps it did some "vulcan mind scan" on me er sumpn..


mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 30, 2013 - 01:20pm PT


Six legs, coppery, painted eyes, antennae.

Was it bigger than this baby?

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 30, 2013 - 01:58pm PT
If a Madagascar Hisser is 6 inches then your girlfriends must have been very disappointed! ;-)

Some friends had them - they're so cute! The cockroaches, I mean.
ddriver

Trad climber
SLC, UT
Apr 30, 2013 - 02:32pm PT
Wasn't there some nuclear tests done near the Ruby Mts?

Unlikely. Granite Range in Dugway saw minor action. Enola Gay was stationed at Wendover.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 30, 2013 - 02:33pm PT
Nope Mouse,, those could have been the babies.. I wouldnt shoot one of those lol! Put a redbull can on very long high legs and ya kinda have the scale.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Apr 30, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
You shot the spider?

DMT
Ron Anderson

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Topic Author's Reply - Apr 30, 2013 - 02:37pm PT
werent no spider,, but YES i shot it.! Shot the snot outta it actually,, snot guts and ooze. Not even my dog would go near the pile..

It was SELF DEFENSE..
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Apr 30, 2013 - 02:41pm PT
You shot an insect - with a shotgun... ?

DMT
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Apr 30, 2013 - 02:42pm PT
Did you have shoes on?
Ron Anderson

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Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 30, 2013 - 02:44pm PT
No,, i shot either an ALIEN, or a mutated life form With my trusty side by side 20 guage ,, utilizing a high base load of numba 5s. It was charging us like a rabid cape buffalo..

KABOOOOOM! From five feet..
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 1, 2013 - 08:20am PT
Here is one for your dreams Ron, heh heh

Credit: dirt claud

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 1, 2013 - 08:50am PT
So, Ron, I'm disappointed in you. I would have expected you to make an
effort at a live capture with an eye to an eventual prize-winning mounting.
But I guess you were more concerned that you would be the one mounted.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
May 1, 2013 - 09:49am PT
But I guess you were more concerned that you would be the one mounted.

You know he wanted it!

DMT
Ron Anderson

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Topic Author's Reply - May 1, 2013 - 10:04am PT
Dang DirtClaud! Yupp,, that be my nightmare lol!


And Reilly,, the panic, and the moment dictated the response. This thing was worse than a cornered badger in attitude. I did think BRIEFLY to capture, but that was thwarted by the rapid attacking posture of this friggin alien. Im perfectly used to going around rattle snakes and the like as are all my dogs. This was not one of those. This was something that i can still see clearly in my mind. I totally regret in hind sight not capturing it. But it moved as fast as a squirrel, hissing and advancing,, so there was little or no time to react.. Imagine some alien looking bug backing up two full grown people and a yellow lab so fast they were nearly falling backwards!
Ron Anderson

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Topic Author's Reply - May 1, 2013 - 11:21am PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

heres a quick sketch i did a while back of this area 51 escapee. it could have been as long as seven inches or more..hard to say..Im fairly sure it didnt weigh more than a pound though lol!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 2, 2013 - 12:01am PT
Insect Fear Comics sent me to tell you "Bugger off!"
Insect Fear Comics sent me to tell you "Bugger off!"
Credit: mouse from merced
eKat

Mountain climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
May 2, 2013 - 07:39am PT
Is this one?

HolyArachnid!
HolyArachnid!
Credit: GLAC Webcam
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 2, 2013 - 07:47am PT
That's quite the Picasso there Ron :-D
Ron Anderson

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Topic Author's Reply - May 2, 2013 - 07:56am PT
Funny Mouse,, Ekat,, and no those arent in the category of the area 51 mutant. And thanks DirtClaud lol! I remember showing my original sketch done right after the "event" to the Forest Service office in Elko.. Ill never forget the "look" my GF and I got !! BBAAHAhahaaa.. Im relatively certain they didnt believe a word we said.

Had i had a video of it, or captured it,, i could have got a NAtl GEO cover by now!
Michelle Gill

climber
Redding, CA
May 2, 2013 - 08:05am PT
Why, oh why, did I read this thread?? The hair on my arms is standing up and I literally have goose bumps on m....oh crap, what was that?? Oh, nothing, I think I'm just a little jumpy!
Ron Anderson

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Topic Author's Reply - May 2, 2013 - 08:08am PT
Hhehehe,, i KNOW Michelle lol! We be big bad humans but see a little six or eight legged beast and EEEEEEEEEESH!


Note: The bug i drew is no troll.. It actually happened...Havent seen another since then..

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 2, 2013 - 08:10am PT
So why haven't you trotted your, uh, drawing down to some bugologist at the
U of N? Everybody enjoys a gud laugh at somebody else's expense! :-o

We walked down this trail near Iguazu Falls for about a mile. On the way
back the wife suddenly noticed, due to the light, that we had walked almost
the whole way beneath these guys' webs just a few feet above our heads. It's
a gud thing she didn't have a shotgun. Their bodies are about the size of
my thumb.

Credit: Reilly
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - May 2, 2013 - 08:15am PT
Reilly,, BTDT,, and yes,, once again,, i saw "the look" LOL!





And i wouldnt have shot yur spider above,, but i woulda ran from it ! It doesnt seem to be stampeding yur way!



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 2, 2013 - 08:50am PT
Gossamer.
Gossamer.
Credit: mouse from merced
The aliens may have brought gossamer to Earth Billions of Years Ago.
--Karl Saygan, writing on The Plausible Impossible
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 2, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
Credit: dirt claud
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - May 2, 2013 - 02:45pm PT
heres what that mutant in the Rubies was sayin to me:

mutant: Hey WTF YOU doin on MY trail HIISSSSSSSSSSS

me WTF RU ?


mutant : Im yur worst nightmare mutant ass bug HIIIIISSSSSSSSSSSSSSS


me : GAWK!

My GF: SHOOT IT!

my dog : FEKK WTF IS THAT DAD!??


The mutant: Im gonna mess u invaders of my turf up ! HIIIIIIISSSSSS

Me : I dont thinks so,,, click,, KABOOOOOM!\


Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
May 2, 2013 - 02:50pm PT
Michelle Gill

climber
Redding, CA
May 2, 2013 - 10:02pm PT
Here's a little ditty fer ya!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjDAiq2-xeU
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 2, 2013 - 10:03pm PT
Brandon, don't be muddying the waters. You know full well that beetle ain't
from our fair shores.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
May 2, 2013 - 10:13pm PT
Is this the one about Claudine Longet?

I know she did her time (all 30 days), so I suppose it's time to quit picking on her.




Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
May 3, 2013 - 05:57am PT
Hey!!!! Be nice to Spiders.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 3, 2013 - 06:28am PT
Be Savage! This isn't too far from Savage's Trading Post on S. Fork.
On Highway 140 below Midpines, above Briceburg.  Area 4/20.
On Highway 140 below Midpines, above Briceburg. Area 4/20.
Credit: mouse from merced

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - May 3, 2013 - 08:08am PT
Update: Ok,, every spring i get a few "wind scorpions" invading..

Anyone else get thee little bastids? They RUN TOWARDS you too! I dont think they can bite, however, they are a MENACING little creature. One down this am..hes nothing but a grease spot now.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
May 3, 2013 - 08:50am PT
You ain't seen nothing till you've seen a Sumatran Tarantula (again, as always, credit the notorious Mouse from Merced)

http://www.minaxtarantulas.se/

http://www.hindawi.com/isrn/zoology/2013/590809/

This mama was just sitting down to feed her baby when she spied it. The kid's name is Gianna so

Lyrognathus giannisposatoi

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 3, 2013 - 09:20am PT
It's not a toy and stop playing with your food!

But Mama, it's got Legs!
Hair, hair, hair, long beautiful hair.  Shining, gleaming, streaming, ...
Hair, hair, hair, long beautiful hair. Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen.
Credit: mouse from merced
And little hands! OMG! Can I eat it?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 8, 2013 - 09:42pm PT
"On the way back to Krehe's Pad [Liz and Royal on a Lambretta] we dodged huge migrating tarantulas. We came across them on Highway 140 in the foothills west of Mariposa. They were an awesome sight, there on the road, determined to get to higher ground. It would have been different if we had been in a car: From the scooter we could see their black and glassy eyes. They seemed to be looking at us, wondering what we would do. We managed to weave our way through them without smashing any and eventually moror-scootered back to Berkeley."--RR, The Golden Age
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 8, 2013 - 09:53pm PT
Went owling in the Chiricahuas one night in September and there was a tarantula
every twenty feet! Of course I was out throwing it down with 'em while
Ruth watched from the car with the window cracked about 2".
Whoooeee, we was havin' it on!
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
May 9, 2013 - 05:44am PT

Sheesh, Ron, you shoulda been with me the time I mistakenly walked into a lesbian bikers' bar! Now that was scary!

Me and a buddy used to shoot pool at a Lesbian biker bar called the Silver Saddle. We both worked swing shift, so we'd be in there during the day. We were clueless. Then one day Rick observed that all the gals in the place wore jeans and blue work shirts.

The beer was cheap and they had Hank Williams on the jukebox, so all was good.

And for the record, Tarantula Hawks are evil.
MH2

climber
May 9, 2013 - 07:27am PT
Here's what could have happened.

A guy's wife spends a month on a medical mission in Africa. She comes home and unpacks her bags. Guy is quietly absorbing breakfast when breakfast-curdling shriek is heard. Wife runs past, "THERE'S A GIANT SPIDER IN MY SUITCASE!!!!!!" Guy takes suitcase out of house for safety and opens it. Huge bug moving too fast to i.d. runs under porch. Probably still under porch, accounting for bulge appearing in floorboards.

Only in Ron's case the guy thought ahead a bit better and took the suitcase further from home.
Jim Clipper

climber
from: forests to tree farms
May 9, 2013 - 07:33am PT
yep.  yer gonna die
yep. yer gonna die
Credit: Jim Clipper
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 13, 2013 - 09:59am PT
Credit: dirt claud
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