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Beware of Snakes!!  Zoom in on the larger crack to the left of the rope.  I thought my hand was feeling vegetation...turns out I was wrong.  This was at about 400 ft.

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By Colin Parker
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From: Idyllwild, CA
Nov 15, 2011

WTF. How the hell did they get up there?!? I am amazed you didn't get bitten.

By Ben May
From: Escondido, CA
Dec 22, 2011

I'm assuming that it fell from above. It was pretty cold so it was probably too lethargic to strike. Either way, It nearly scared the lunch out of me. I was on lead too... would have taken quite the whipper on top of being bitten by a freakin rattlesnake 400 feet off the ground. Lucky for my climbing partner, he had the option to take a slightly different route.

By ciotti
From: CA
Apr 19, 2012

no way! I'm about to go do this route with a friend and this is not what I had in mind for getting beta on mountain project.

By alleyehave
From: San Diego, CA
Apr 20, 2012

lol, soloists worse nightmare

By Jeff Scofield
From: Yorba Linda, CA
May 21, 2012

@Colin my first response when I enlarged the photo and saw the snake was WTF!!! Dude is seriously lucky he didn't get biten..

By Brian Chastain
Jun 12, 2012

So is the snake on or off?

By Terry Price
From: Mancos CO
Jul 23, 2012

Not buying that the snake "fell from above." It found a route to its stance on the side of the cliff. I encountered a rattlesnake on top of a pinnacle near the summit of Baboquivari in southern Arizona. Only way for humans to reach this summit was via fifth class roped climbing. Snakes go wherever the food goes; rats and mice can climb to amazing places far up the side of cliffs.

By Todd Cook
From: Hawthorne, CA
Aug 8, 2012

Great photo! Glad you were unscathed.

We know that blindly placed protection isn't to be trusted, now hand jams that can't be visually inspected first aren't to be trusted.

By rogerbenton
Oct 30, 2012

holy shit!
way to keep it together.

By Ben May
From: Escondido, CA
Nov 5, 2012

I'm actually far more conscientious now about just blindly jamming my hand in a crack. Kinda sucks. haha. I'm familiar with baboquivari. It's a beautiful place. Regardless of the location, climbing is dangerous... in more ways than we know!

By Colonel Mustard
From: Reno, NV
Oct 22, 2013

Aaaaaaand I'll never do that route.

Well, maybe.

Sweet Jesus!

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Beware of Snakes!! Zoom in on the larger crack to the left of the rope. I thought my hand was feeling vegetation...turns out I was wrong. This was at about 400 ft.

Submitted By: Ben May on Oct 17, 2011
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