In Ontario there's not big snakes chasing stragglers
Omg JVD just told me about Tiger snakes?! Wtf? DO NOT GOOGLE IMAGE THEM. (Dooooit)
Ps I was talking to Jack because he's going to hook me up with a guy that can hopefully fix my paddle because it broke! Apparently it has a crack in it from when we paddled on the Notty. Terrible timing. (Insert fly away money emoji here)
Maybe this isn't the right time to mention that Australia is a country full of things that will kill you...
Bent can also fix your paddle I believe. Just don't let Goose touch it.
arthurd, I came across a website: 12 Things That Will Kill you in Australia. I haven't slept in weeks!!
Only 12? That's pretty good! :)
But this should help: http://www.kotaku.com.au/2016/02/australian-animal...
:) Yup, there are a few more than 12. JVD raced in Tasmania, where the Tiger snake is the main concern. New South Wales has more critters. Steer clear of spiders, for starters.
P.S. When 'Bent broke his AR paddle, he sent it back to the manufacturer. I don't think he can fix that kind, unfortunately.
I don't want to spoil the fun, but I do need my teammates to sleep before the race.
I've raced in Aus 2x's and seen a grand total of two snakes (3 if you count a flattened death adder in the middle of the road) One was a King Brown and it had NO interest in us whatsoever (3 of us jumped over it and 1 went around... long story).
There was a snake(s) that came 'shooting' out of the grass when Mr Burnett decided to land his Helicopter in front of the start line at the North Queensland race. But I did not actually see these snake(s). I only saw 200 or so tough Adventure Racers scatter like school children when the snake(s) were frightened and escaped in our direction. Hopefully Craig will not land a chopper in a grassy field in front of us.
The only critter related injury/illness I recall was a Swede picking up a tick that made him quite ill until they found it and he recovered almost immediately... it was bizarre.
Fortunately there are very few drop bears where we are going :-)
Zero drop bears in that area! I lived in New South Wales for 6 months and if they'd been around, I would have seen one for sure.
I almost stepped on a Tiger snake exploring at one of the TA's in Tasmania... In fact, it was the same TA team SPIRIT had the pleasure of visiting a second time after they forgot their helmets for the whitewater paddle.
Same as my dads king brown, it really didn't seem all that interested... Just disappeared into the rocks. They are big bastards though and it definitely scared the crap out of me.
Climate change has forced a lot of Drop Bear migration. They are everywhere now.
Okay! I get it...this is probably one of the last places on earth that I should be. I'm for real scared. Not the "I'm scared" kind.
Nah, don't be scared - be careful. When I lived there, I went on tramping (aka backpacking) weekends with a local group and they bushwhacked with their big backpacks just like adventure racers. Be aware and cautious, e.g. my friends turned their shoes upside down and shook them out before putting them on (getting rid of potential spiders), and I've been told you should never step over a log since a snake could be sleeping on the other side. Step up on the log and step down. But there's no need to be scared. This is true in many parts of North America too! Anvil could give you tips.
Excellent advice. Thank you. :)