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Sigiriya Wasp Protection Jackets

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Sigiriya Wasp Protection Jackets

Wearing protective clothing (safety jackets) has been made compulsory for those climbing the Sigiriya Rock from yesterday.

Has anyone actually climbed the rock wearing one of these? What are they like? I imaging they must be quite thick to act as protection making the climb even harder.

Anyone got any pictures?

We are supposed to be going there in a couple of weeks so keen to find out.

Many thanks

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1. Re: Sigiriya Wasp Protection Jackets

Why did you have to post that?!

I go in 6 weeks and have a huge phobia of wasps!! Might have to go the whole hog and take a bee keepers outfit with me...that or climb it in my scuba gear!

I haven't heard anything about this, seriously is there a big issue with wasps there?

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2. Re: Sigiriya Wasp Protection Jackets

Sorry Deadgoon but I'm afraid there is a wasp problem. See report on link below.

www.news.lk/index.php…

Apparently you might be okay if you don't do the following:

1) Throw stones at the nests

2) Shout at them

3) Kill one, therefore upsetting the rest, or

4) Wear strong perfume...

Simples eh?

(They are bees actually I believe)

Edited: 15 February 2010, 22:18
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Hi,

I was informed a long time ago, by a Sri Lanka naturalist that the offending creatures are hornets.

The usual reason for them attacking is claimed to be noise and they are said to be attracted by perfumes..

Todays newspaper report on the recent attack.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2010/02/15/news11.asp

Rod.

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4. Re: Sigiriya Wasp Protection Jackets

Unfortunately it's a regular occurrence, but it seems that the learned people do not agree whether the stingers are bees or wasps or hornets.

http://sundaytimes.lk/070812/Plus/pls1.html

Hans

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5. Re: Sigiriya Wasp Protection Jackets

You wante to see the pictures of the outfit right?

Go to this link of the Sri Lankan Daily nespaper. They published some pix of tourists wearing them. The outfit is provided free of charge.

lankadeepa.lk/2010/02/15/front_news/03.html

This is a Sinhala paper so you might not see the text properly.

I am not sure what type of out of the mentioned insects it is. Eitherway, it is good to be protected.

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6. Re: Sigiriya Wasp Protection Jackets

just saw the pictures of the outfit... oh boy... lol

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7. Re: Sigiriya Wasp Protection Jackets

Thanks Koththi that's just what I wanted to see.

That is going to be such a laugh. Hopefully they are not too hot.

I haven't worn anything like that since I climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge!

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8. Re: Sigiriya Wasp Protection Jackets

I notice from the pics that the Sri Lankan guide is not wearing the protective 'body armour'. Does that mean the waspies only go for tourists ?

Have they been trained?

Or is the guide expendable?

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9. Re: Sigiriya Wasp Protection Jackets

Wasps, hornets and bees it's all the same to me...if they're large (compared to the brit version which still give me the fear), they fly and they sting they aint no friend of mine!!

I have spent many a holiday running away from the little gits...almost bundled my GF off a cliff in South Africa to escape a bird sized bee...she was not impressed!

I will certainly be donning one of those suits.

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10. Re: Sigiriya Wasp Protection Jackets

but i have to say, someone must have been REALLY loud or done something pretty bad to cause this attack. (like throwing rocks?) because all the times we have been there (KNOCK ON WOOD) people were pretty loud, and there was no sign of bees around you. (KNOCK ON WOOOOOOOOD lol)