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couchmaster

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pdx
Apr 30, 2013 - 11:50am 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 - 11:55am 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 - 04:20pm PT


Six legs, coppery, painted eyes, antennae.

Was it bigger than this baby?

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 30, 2013 - 04:58pm 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 - 05:32pm 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

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Topic Author's Reply - Apr 30, 2013 - 05:33pm 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 - 05:35pm PT
You shot the spider?

DMT
Ron Anderson

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Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 30, 2013 - 05:37pm 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 - 05:41pm PT
You shot an insect - with a shotgun... ?

DMT
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Apr 30, 2013 - 05:42pm PT
Did you have shoes on?
Ron Anderson

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Topic Author's Reply - Apr 30, 2013 - 05:44pm 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 - 11:20am PT
Here is one for your dreams Ron, heh heh

Credit: dirt claud

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 1, 2013 - 11:50am 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 - 12:49pm 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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Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - May 1, 2013 - 01:04pm 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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Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - May 1, 2013 - 02:21pm 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 - 03:01am 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 - 10:39am PT
Is this one?

photo not found
Missing photo ID#301300
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 2, 2013 - 10:47am PT
That's quite the Picasso there Ron :-D
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - May 2, 2013 - 10:56am 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!
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