You and your partner are sampling some of the new north-facing overhanging limestone outside the famed Wild Iris climbing area in Wyoming. This steep pocketed little gem has yet to be discovered by the general public so the approach to the crag is steep with little or no trail. It takes 45 min. to drive to the pullout from Lander, with an additional 15 min. of walking along an old two-track road to get to the crag.
While walking along the base of the cliff, a dry buzzing noise fills your ears. You react without thinking and somehow avoid stepping on the rattlesnake coiled at your feet. Your partner, distracted by the sheer cliff band, walks right into you and you both tumble to the ground. After scrambling back to your feet you watch the beautiful snake with its triangular head and diamond pattern quickly slide around the corner. Then you notice your partner still on the ground wailing that he is “too young to die.”