dobbs' west ridge – BEEEEEES

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      brichardsson
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      y’all keep an eye out, i went up dobbs’ west ridge yesterday and got dive-bombed by a swarm of bees at around the 8,800′ level. apparently there’s a new hive/nest close to the “trail” (it’s one of the areas where the trail is more defined). ran like hell and still got stung once. my hiking partner said i had a swarm of around 20 circling my head.

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      shawnsisler
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      Thanks for the heads up.

      Bees in huge swarms are usually “Africanized honeybees” that you can hear them buzzin from a distance. They are usually in big swamps in May & June with all the blooming flowers. I have heard of the following recommendations 1. Wear light-colored clothing. 2. Remain clam and don’t swat or swing at them but just try to leave. 3. Try not to get stung because that will┬árelease tagging pheromones, potent chemical signals that will attract and arouse more bees to you. 4. After a safe distance away, stop and check your clothing and pack to make sure there aren’t any still crawling on you. Bee careful.

      SGWA volunteer

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