While we were hiking last August, 2011 we came across this large spider that is shown in the two photo’s. And I must add I am not a fan of spiders at all.
We are somewhat prepared to see a Bear on our journey’s but we were not quite ready for this 8 legged creature from the order Araneae. His length with his legs fully stretched would be in the range of 4-5 inches and the body near 2 inches. The corner of the rock where his left leg is, was measured at 2 inches. He moved quickly across the rocks as I jumped with fright (all spiders do that to me) and my first thought was, what the hell is a Tarantula doing way up here! The odd thing is that we were at 7,705 feet on the top of the Purchell Mountain Range near Golden, BC. This spider’s complete habitat was rock , there was no vegetation and really no sign of an available food source. What do spiders like this eat anyway? I have never came across a spider so big in the wild and it was quite the reward for reaching the summit!
So I have teamed up with a very famous Biologist Dr. Carin Bondar to see if we can track down the “Spiders” name, rank and serial number.
We will keep you posted!