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By Colin Parker
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: Sacramento, CA
Oct 22, 2013
Aaaaaaand I'll never do that route.

Well, maybe.

Sweet Jesus!
By Fat Dad
From: Los Angeles, CA
Nov 18, 2014
Wow! And I used to snicker when my grandma warned me about 'snakes on the rocks'...
By Chad Parker
From: Ventura, California
Mar 16, 2015
Holy crap! Is that a Diamond Back?
By Ben May
From: Escondido, CA
Mar 23, 2015
Haha! No idea. Didn't care to find out at that moment.
By Austin McCrimmon
Mar 31, 2015
It must be a BLACK DIAMONDback to be all the way up there!
By JulianG
Nov 17, 2015
I found wasps bees and black widow spiders on the climbs but not snakes
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Jan 30, 2016
Can't believe all the paranoia about being bitten. SUCK IT UP! Snakes are incredible climbers and will go where the swallows and rats are nesting. You stop molesting it and it won't bother you. Climbers come across Rat Snakes in the Gunks, Rosy Boas in Joshua Tree, and Gopher Snakes at Echo Cliffs on routes all the time. If you believe that snake got there by falling from above you must have been hit in the head and sustained a traumatic brain injury.
Rock Climbing Photo: Snakes love these.
Snakes love these.

Rock Climbing Photo: Quite a weird sight... a snake eating a toad!
Quite a weird sight... a snake eating a toad!

Bon Appetite, Snakey.
By Ben May
From: Escondido, CA
Feb 1, 2016
Wow dude. You have some anger issues. Now everybody feels awkward... good job.
And I just thought it was a fun post, FYI. Thats all.

Stay angry.
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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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