I'm getting poles this weekend I forgot to buy them last time I was in town along with rain gear. From my hunting trips to the near by areas I can only guess I'll have no cell service? Snakes are my only concern I've played with alot of them as a kid but always avoided the venomous ones. I've had plenty of near encounters an know to avoid sows n cubs I will be taking my handgun just for protection. I'll be taking a camera as well thanks.
From September to April my world revolves around hunting the rest is preseason.
We did have some cell service at various spots on top of the mountains. to carrying a gun. I carry a small one. Probably just piisss off a bear, but you are back in the middle of no where, so you never know who you meet up with. You do cross several streams, the biggest I think is Slate Run. With all this rain they will be high, not sure about the chest high though. Good luck.