Monday, February 9, 2009

Was recently reminded of an incident that happened to me a while ago. Posted this on supertopo a few days after:

So yesterday a friend who is new to the area and I decided to climb the Tooth which is kind of THE classic introductory alpine climb in the Seattle area. The approach went great though my stomach started to feel a little strange after a large cup of coffee from the Safeway in North Bend. On the way up we passed a group of four women who had gotten off route and climbed the sharks fin formation near the tooth. We moved pretty quickly and were rappelling back down from the summit as they were starting their second pitch.

Something about they way my harness was fitting really irritated my bowels and as soon as i was on the ground i stripped it off and ran/scrambled full speed towards the nearest trees. The slope is pretty damn steep there but i found a flattish spot behind the upturned root ball of a pine tree, leaped into it, dropped drawers and prepared for the biggest relief of my life.

Alas, the lesson to be learned from this sad tale is that it is always worth checking for hornet nests...

The sensation of being stung simultaneously in several places is a strange and not immediate recognisable one and I wondered for an instant if I was experiencing some rapidly developing allergy to poly propylene. However, The sight of several yellow and black insects on my arm forced the realization of just what was going on and I leaped up and, pants still about the ankles, bounded across the mountain side removing bee coverd helmet and shirt still desperate to find somewhere to do my now half completed business.

And that, my friends, is how I ended up stark naked slapping my a$$ on a mountain side in view of no less then five people of the female persuasion.

My partner counted 12 stings across my back and arms and there is also the matter of a large red welt on the spot on my right butt cheek that I can only assume was closest to the entrance to my winged friends home. I can't say that I blame them, and am greatfull to them that my manhood suffered no more than exposure from this particular incident.


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John Hilston said...

Sad to know about that incident, after all, sometimes it matters on fate.
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