I don't wish them any ill will but I'd rather not be around them. Especially coppermouth rattle-moccasins! We see at least 1 snake every trip to Sinks. Always heightens our awareness of rocks and grasses on the trail. And sometimes influences where we are prepared to climb or go.
Yeah I figured out later on that it was indeed a Timber and not a Diamondback... Good looking out guys! Glad I encountered him in town and not while bushwhacking across the top of the mountain looking for boulders!
I missed having a snake fall on my head by a couple of minutes a few years ago.
We were climbing in Rock Canyon, Utah, and had just finished up doing a long, single pitch climb called Jawa Jam in a kind of remote area of the canyon. We finished with the route and moved over maybe three routes. About 10 minutes later, I see what looks like my yellow long draw come falling off the top of Jawa Jam. It bounced off a ledge and then lands landing right where the belayer had been standing. Completely unphased after taking a 100ft ground fall, the snake just slithered away.
One morning my high school buddy & I were walking down the carriage road at the Gunks -- all of a sudden he grabs me and pulls me back. If not for the "save" I would have stepped on two copperheads sunning themselves on the trail. Whew.
Wheel wells and warm brakes look like a cozy bed for a snake:
On my way into JTree, there was a car pulled off to the side of the road looking at a snake in the middle of the road. I got out to look. The people were in their car. No joke, the snake moved toward the car, went under, and then ascended up into the undercarriage. Turns out, he was headed for the wheel well. I'm guessing because the brakes were warm and he thought it looked cozy. A local guy came out (seen on video here) and claimed the snake. The snake came down, went further under the car and into the other wheel well before the guy could get it. He said it lived under his shed and wasn't poisonous. Bad ass! I got a few videos, here's a link to one..
By Stich From Colorado Springs, Colorado Apr 26, 2014
We saw a really nice five foot long bull snake at the Piggy Bank at Shelf today. He was crawling all around the packs by the base of the routes, but after a whole bunch of us started staring at him he decided to slither away.
Bull snakes kill rattlesnakes, incidentally, so they are super happy snake friends. They also eat rats.