We were equipped with anti-leech gaiters, something that was rather
funny looking considering the balmy sweaty temperatures and my usual
association of gaiters to mountaineering. Unfortunately the leeches
were smarter than our equipment.
Sitting on rocks and high points on the paths the leeches squirm and
stretch up in the air waiting for warm blooded animals (aka. me).
Once close enough they bend and attach themselves to the feet. From
where they proceed up the gaiter to unexposed virgin skin. Once they
find a weak spot they pierce the skin and start sucking. Until the
blood is oozing out of their pores at which point they detach.
Leaving a lovely mess like this.