What do you do if you are a famous YouTuber and want to climb Fireball Peak in Wyoming? You dodge rattlesnakes because the snakes don’t care if you are famous or not and that’s exactly what happened.
If you don’t know Harold Baldr, chances are you’re not following hikers on YouTube. The last time I checked, Harold had over 2.1 million followers. He recently had adventures in Wyoming and decided to climb the Wyoming Bighorns (he called them Fireball Peak). He previously stopped at Sheridan to speak to Game and Fish about the likelihood of encountering rattlesnakes. The response from them to Harold was VERY. After hearing this news, he shared this little joke:
So I set off, a little nervous but in high spirits, luckily not knowing that this was going to be the biggest hike I’ve ever done … and that at the end of the day I would have named a new mountain and named it survived Fireball tip
In typical Harold fashion, his Wyoming adventure began with a drama in which Harold was carried down a few rapids.
Most of us who have spent significant time in upstate Wyoming know that if you stick to the beaten path, you will generally be fine. You are sure to encounter some rattlesnakes on the trails, but often they just bask and are easy to avoid. The problem is that Harold likes to hike over rocky terrain. This is also known as the ideal rattlesnake habitat.
Wyoming Game and Fish has some helpful tips on how to avoid the attention of rattlesnakes. This includes avoiding rocky terrain (sorry, Harold) and putting your feet or hands where you can’t see them. It’s also a good idea to have easy access to a device (with a good signal) to possibly call 911. Unfortunately for Harold, he has no signal on Fireball Peak. It is good that he is an experienced hiker who was also a good listener. At one point in his wandering he heard a hiss and immediately withdrew. He chose wisely.
Harold is a must see on YouTube if you enjoy the outdoors and hiking. Very cool that he chose our backyard for his newest adventure.
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