Some years ago I was on the easy terrain that makes up the first stretch of the second pitch of Erect Direction. As it was easy going I hadn't placed any gear yet. My belayer on the ledge wasn't anchored. I stuck my hand in a crack and right on a snake. Almost came flying off. Had I done so and cleared the GT the two of us probably would have gone all the way to the ground. Would have made for an interesting accident report. "Two climbers connected by a rope were found at the bottom of the cliff. Other than the belayer's braking device there was no other gear attached to the rope. There was no gear found on the cliff. Both climbers were guides." Sheesh. Would have been an embarrassing way to go. I threw in a cam post haste. My belayer, Peter, laughed.