Originally Posted by BillyBob58
One time I am hiking from the car parking spot in northern end of AZ's Oak Creek Canyon, many moons ago. Hopping from boulder to boulder to get to the creek and try some fishing. I have each foot on a different boulder, mid-stride, when I hear the "buzzzzzzzz". I look down to see a good sized coiled rattler on the ground, between the boulders and right between my legs. He looked irritated.
I'm sure my 30 year younger self must have literally levitated. The snake slithered underneath the boulders never to be seen by me again. The adrenalin rush is indescribable. It left me with weak and shaking legs.
I'm not sure if that is the hands down scariest for me, but there's one fer ya!
Its funny how that rattle is enough to activate every fiber of "flight" instinct that your body has.
I was walking on a scree slope when this tail shoots out of a crack below a rock I was going to step on and starts rattling like crazy. Somehow I managed to pivot 180 degrees on the foot that I still had down, without falling, and walk off the other way. DEFINITELY got my heart rate up.
Another time I was walking and a rattler started up about 6ft in front of me. He was a little guy (which are more scary, actually) and was coiled. Again, every fiber of my being reacted instantaneously, and I'm pretty sure that I launched backwards with inhuman speed. We were about a 4 hour hike in. I very well could have died had I been bitten because the terrain was crazy, and the hike out took over 2 hours going down hill. I would have needed to be air lifted for sure.