Pretty cool forum topic, huh? Well, phobia fans, you're in luck, The Arizona Republic's doing a series of articles this week on all the creatures you love to hate.
Saturday--Cockroaches (Well, OK, they don't matter much to hikers.)
Ace Outdoor Writer John Stanley authored Monday's installment on snakes and it's a great piece. Anyone who can't bop down to the corner convenience store to buy the Rep can find it online @ arizonarepublic.com.
Buy it and clip the article or find it on the net and print it out. Put it in a folder with ck1's fine snake article here on HAZ and you have the makings of a GREAT file on snake dangers. We sure hope Stanley writes the articles remaining in the series. He has an ear for great quotes.
Consider these tidbits in today's snake article:
Lots of people use their cell phones to call the snake hotline WHILE they are hiking on Squaw Peak to ask the hotline people to come up and get rid of snakes they encounter up there!
Or how about this tidbit: About 85% of bites come from people trying to make contact with snakes and of that group a large percentage are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Or one last relevant tidbit: Hikers seem to be the LEAST likely demographic group to get bit. Yea!
J&S in RR