[pct-l] night hiking in the desert

Bill Burge bill at burge.com
Thu Apr 2 22:23:02 CDT 2009


I grew up in that neck of the woods (So Cal deserts, outside of Palm  
Springs).  The snakes are looking for the end of the warmth, being  
cold blooded, and the open trodden trail gets the last direct sun.

As kids, when we would walk at night, down the only paved road in the  
area - it would be very common to see a snake, or two, or three;  
depending on the weather.


On Apr 2, 2009, at 8:11 PM, AsABat wrote:

> When hiking at night in the desert on warm evenings, IMO you really  
> need
> some kind of light unless the moonlight is extra bright. It's not so
> much seeing the trail, it's seeing the rattlesnakes that might be
> hanging out waiting for dinner to stroll by. Don't be paranoid, but be
> alert.
> Now, I haven't heard of anyone actually having a problem in this way,
> but I did once know a guy who actually stepped on one that was warming
> itself on a asphalt road near Warner Springs and got bit. Actually, he
> did it two years in a row. Even better, he was a nature instructor.
> AsABat
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