I recall climbing at Smith Rocks once and while belaying a snake fell from above thump onto the ground in front of me. I was thinking it's no fun to have snakes hurtling from above when it happened a second time.
The snakes were more stunned than I was. But I remember not being happy at all.
One of our local boys put his hand on a ledge at Tieton (lots of rattlers there), heard a buzz, and opted for the intentional whipper.
An old acquaintance in Seattle was out of gas on something on the Cookie so
he quit putting pro in and went for the ledge. Yes, the ledge was occupied
and the occupant wasn't up for sharing, or warning about his lack of camaraderie.
Jim slapped the ledge and WHAM, he was flyin'! Took a good one although
the fall didn't do much to him. It took him and his mate a long time to
self-rescue and it was hours before he got to Modesto. Back then I don't
think anti-venin even existed, at least in any sizable quantities. I saw
him a year later and it was all he could do to hold a pool cue.
Tami, if I'm gonna be the straight man I expect better. ;-/
I was returning from a little country bar to our roadside camp one moonless night in N Costa Rica, with my headlamp off so I could enjoy the stars. The road got rutted so I switched my headlamp on and, while doing that, looked down and did an impromptu jump to avoid a coral snake I was about to step on.
The thing never broke it's stride.
Coral snakes aren't very aggressive but they do pack cobra venom which I would expect they'd generously share if stepped on.
We'd been warned to be really careful at night and you know? I really took that to heart from that moment forward.
Go to Ireland, no snakes to worry about, but without a tent you might die of pneumonia waiting for a dry day to climb.
Not true, there are plenty of snakes in Ireland. Some have unusual names, like Denny O’Brienisi, or M Lowrousy, or Enema Kenny, or Seannie Quinnis, or Seannie Fitzpaddy, or the rockstar turned saint, Boner
Most of these snakes can be found under the rocks they slither from, but more likely places are the Dáil, banks, development companies, or even the higher echelons of civil services and government.
And the only tents they will be found in are the corporate hospitality tents at events like the Galway Races.
Be wary of these snakes, they are mean and vicious, and their bite is worse if the victim is a working or middle class person.
And real Irish climbers do not need tents in the cold pissing rain. A pub will do. (But then see below)
And what is Ireland famous for ?
Tami, that's not fair. In the EU countries like the Czech Republic, Finland and the Baltic nations have a much higher problem of alcoholism, but yes binge drinking by Irish youngsters is a concern. Any different in Canada or the US?
Tvash, I had to google Tieton. That place looks like real fun climbing. However, my late father being a Washingtonian and I have loads of relatives in Washington. I understand that the eastern part of the state has loads of rattlers.