/ Rope fleas
At home I keep the cat well away from all the climbing gear but the above situation was pretty unavoidable - stray cats everywhere.
Fleas are attracted by CO2 and warmth and vibration.
Fleas do not leave an animal (except for rabbit fleas, of the common ones, which may pick a more attractive host such as a pregnant doe)
Flea are caught by contact with environments where infested animals spend time, not be meeting infected animals.
Your rope is safe.
Haven't you anything else to worry about?
Was this route in Spain?!
I hope you've never put your rope on your bed!
Cheers lads - thought it was a bit far fetched, and not my rope anyway so wasn't worried. Just seeing if anyone had any stories really.
Yes - Costa Blanca (Diebro UBSA). It was like a zoo on top
Camping Below chudleigh north face years ago, at dusk Dozens and i Mean Dozens of cats Surrounding our tent every night. Quite creepy really.
Crazy isn't it, try spilling your packet of spicy nuts that you've been looking forward to on the top of the penon. Like a carpet of cats.
> Crazy isn't it, try spilling your packet of spicy nuts that you've been looking forward to on the top of the penon. Like a carpet of cats.
I've often got to the top of a climb and spilt the contents of my nut bag onto a rock.
What would they feed on? Your rope could harbor fleas in much the same way anything could but not for very long.
I guess if the cats sat on the rope, the fleas could lay eggs on it. 90% of any flea population is eggs and larvae and there live in the environment...
This is the weirdest thread ive seen on here. Well done!
It's ropemites you want to worry about, not fleas. A friend came back from Northern India and his backpack was infested with them, they love synthetic fibres. Did you see the pitch at Murrayfield at the weekend? Yep. Imagine that's your climbing rope.
I've found that most fleas tend to carry their own ropes so they're very unlikely to be interested in yours.
Top of the Penon, I have more cat pictures too. My daughter who is a vet nurse reported no sign of fleas.
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