I found this paper about lightning safety, it focuses on backcountry and other outdoor areas (water, etc) when you can't get to a safe area.
I was out on the back side of a mountain on Labor Day weekend when a thunderstorm rolled in. It was pretty cool listening to the thunder roll across the mountains, the lightning was a little higher up in the clouds and I wasn't seeing any ground strikes, so I was observant, but didn't worry about it too much.
Then clouds moved in over me, which put them about 1,000 feet overhead, and then I saw lightning, right over my head. I saw a dull flash, so it was still up in the clouds, but the thunder clap was so loud that I almost dropped a load.
I knew the basic stuff - don't stand in the middle of an open field - but that inspired me to do a quick mental review of what I knew about how not to get struck by lightning when you're standing on the back side of a mountain in the middle of a bunch of trees...I pretty much drew a blank.
So, I figured I might want to do some research...
Ah, the nostalgic aroma of a yak dung stove brewing up some tea full of herbs best left untranslated.
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Good to know. I was in a lightning storm in the back country last weekend as well.
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Thanks, that is some good info.
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As I am reading this (just came back from my morning 5 mile walk) the clouds have rolled in and thunder/lightning are hefre big time.
Many years ago some friends and I were climbing Mt. Whitney in the Sierras when a storm rolled in. We had just finished the top and had started torwards the stone cabin when lightning hit one of my pards. I was really some serious s#%t! To this day we are not sure if it hit him or real close. He was down and out. One of us headed down as fast as we could and the rest of us put him in a sleeping bag and made a litter and started down. We were met by a rescue team several hours later. He survived (damn lucky is what the Dr said). Everywhere there was metal on his body there were seriour burns. (glasses frames, ring, metal zipper, boot eyelets, belt buckle, knife, coins, etc.) He is still alive luckily. this was about 40 years ago. Bad stuff!
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Lightning is nothing to take lightly. I've been chased off a few mountains because of it. All the bowhunters out there shooting carbon arrows should realize that their carrying around lightning rods. Be safe.
Thanks for some great information. Should be everyone's main priority to remain safe in the woods.....cause we all want to return to our families at night.
Lightning is truley scary in the high country. fatrascal.
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