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Rabies and climbing


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Alex Lombardo · · Davis, CA · Joined Jun 2016 · Points: 115

Help me settle a bet: would contracting rabies make you a stronger climber? Is there a sweet spot between being bit and losing fine motor control where you'd be incredibly aggressive and have that extra je ne sais quoi to get the send? I'm pretty dubious, but I've got some partners that think otherwise. The stakes are high, so I'd really like some input.

Don't forget to check your knot!

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275

Dumb, just dumb. Hope this helps.

Jake wander · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 185

Just what we need, rabid masculinity 

Harumpfster Boondoggle · · Between yesterday and today. · Joined Apr 2018 · Points: 0

Drugs are bad.

ViperScale . · · McMurdo Station, AQ · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 240

Give it a shot and let us know how the results are.

Tomily ma · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2011 · Points: 305

There’s a book called Rant by chuck palanchuik (spelling?) where rabies is an important plot element. A great read for anyone interested in rabies.

Briggs Lazalde · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0

Take an epipen shot to the thigh 1 second before the send. Send hard for about 9 more seconds. Boom first bolt. And no rabies

J-- · · Southern California · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 55

No.  At no point would contracting rabies make you a stronger climber...

Kyle Elliott · · Everett, WA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 775

"Do you have any idea how hard it is to get good rabies out here?"

Skip to 1:14​​​

Dylan Stuart · · Juneau, AK · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 15

My cousin passed away from rabies. He basically had what appeared to be the flu, went to somewhere there was no medical access, and by the time he realized what was going on it was too late.

Kind of crazy, as not many people die (in the western world at least) from it.
 

Eric Engberg · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2009 · Points: 0

Only one way to find out.

Fitz · · Rogers, KY · Joined Dec 2010 · Points: 20

I would say that it would depend on the type of route...steep and juggy, yes... slab, absolutely not!

Dan Knisell · · Townsend, MA · Joined Jun 2016 · Points: 2,598
Briggs Lazalde · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0

Who needs rabies when u can have aids!? And receive steroids for the aids. Steroids help u recover faster so u can get to rabies level and beyond quicker.

ViperScale . · · McMurdo Station, AQ · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 240
Briggs Lazalde wrote: Who needs rabies when u can have aids!? And receive steroids for the aids. Steroids help u recover faster so u can get to rabies level and beyond quicker.

I have only climbed with aids on a few climbs so not alot of experience with it.

Ryan Swanson · · Pepedidnothingwrong, freejg · Joined Jan 2018 · Points: 50

Are you retarded?  Rabies has a mortality rate of basically 100%.

Fitz · · Rogers, KY · Joined Dec 2010 · Points: 20

If you have bird beaks and hooks, you are allowed to receive steroids?  Awesome!

jason oliphant · · warren, Pa · Joined Mar 2018 · Points: 20
Ryan Swanson wrote: Are you retarded?  Rabies has a mortality rate of basically 100%.

easily disproven

https://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/viruses101/is_rabies_really_100_fatal

If you want a name Jeanna Geise.  mostly though just get vaccinated.  either before or even After exposure.

unless ofc you want to "die" after you get an epic climb.  ?

anyways, this place is weird.  
FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275

This is from the CDC website:

https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/symptoms/index.html

Once clinical signs of rabies appear, the disease is nearly always fatal, and treatment is typically supportive.

Once a person begins to exhibit signs of the disease, survival is rare. To date less than 10 documented cases of human survival from clinical rabies have been reported and only two have not had a history of pre- or postexposure prophylaxis.
   

Bill Shubert · · Lexington, MA · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 55

Back to the original topic - since the first signs of rabies are blurred vision and tiredness, I don't think there would be even a brief window where rabies would be beneficial to rock climbers. Such a shame, otherwise we could all be sending 5.15's with only a not-quite-100%-but-really-close chance of dying a miserable and painful death a week later!

Doug Chism · · Arlington VA · Joined Jul 2017 · Points: 0
Dylan Stuart wrote: My cousin passed away from rabies. He basically had what appeared to be the flu, went to somewhere there was no medical access, and by the time he realized what was going on it was too late.

Kind of crazy, as not many people die (in the western world at least) from it.
 

He wasnt going to make it once he showed symptoms, rabies is 100% fatal by the time you feel sick or have a fever. So access to good health care would not have saved him. 

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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