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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)08:38 UTC+1 No.358189 Report

Ok /out/
Can someone please tell me how dangerous it is to be hiking with lightning around? Seriously, what are the chances that you will be injured or killed by lightning while hiking in the mountains? I was hiking in the Eastern Sierras today, and a seasonal thunderstorm rolled in. People were turning back, others quitting halfway, even if it only lasts for 30 min. I understand that if struck, it is quite deadly, but it seems like it's blown out of proportion a little.
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)08:40 UTC+1 No.358191 Report

>>358189
Well there's the danger of getting hit, but also the danger of falling trees and branches from lightning strikes.

I've seen trees get fucked up and I'm sure glad I wasn't under them. I'd wait it out if possible.
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)08:46 UTC+1 No.358194 Report

Two people just died on the same weekend in Colorado from lightning strikes

I saw something about 14 people getting fried by lightnig on a beach recently too
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Necromancer 07/29/14(Tue)13:58 UTC+1 No.358265 Report

>>358194

My nan said something about that. Apparently there were people in the water and the lightning was striking close enough to cause severe damage to the swimmers.
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)14:43 UTC+1 No.358293 Report

>>358189
The chance of getting hit by lightnig is pretty low. Unless you want to get hit. The more dangerous things are trees falling, and similar things.
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)14:48 UTC+1 No.358300 Report
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I did a rope lined trail onto...
I did a rope lined trail onto a mountain yesterday and saw where a lightning struck right into the wire and entered the ground and even split some rocks and totally digged under the path. When I came home my mom told me that the exact morning I was up there, a woman was struck in one of these rope lined trails and died, in an area not too far away from where I've been later that day (went up there for sunrise). Pic somewhat related
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)14:50 UTC+1 No.358301 Report

>>358265
that was different, that happened in california the other day.

the colorado thing was a few weeks ago.
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)15:26 UTC+1 No.358312 Report

I've heard many similar things from everyone. It seems the common thought is that the higher you are, the more likely. I wouldnt want to stick around during lightning strikes. Rain? Cool. Thunder? Okay. Lightning? Nope.

Im sure you could google the facts real quick but I wont be taking any unnecessary risks during a thunderstorm.
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Anonymous 07/29/14(Tue)19:18 UTC+1 No.358422 Report

>>358189
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug0gRM2awAA
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Anonymous 07/30/14(Wed)02:33 UTC+1 No.358667 Report

The chances of a strike hitting you are pretty low, but they get higher as you go higher in elevation because there's less tall stuff to channel it. I've seen lightning blow apart aspens as I was coming down from an 11,000 foot summit. If you can't avoid a storm, stay below the treeline and hunker down until it passes. If you're out in the open you're way more likely to get hit.

I don't see much reason to quit if you can wait out a storm, but you don't want to be running around naked in a field with a 10-foot-metal pole in your hands. Thor and Zeus don't appreciate taunting.
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Anonymous 07/30/14(Wed)02:58 UTC+1 No.358684 Report

>>358189
It depends on how high you are, and how exposed you are. If you're just "in the mountains", but still below the peaks and there are trees overhead, then you're fine to keep going. If you're actually up on the peaks, above treeline, and in a high or prominent location, then you should think about heading for lower ground as soon as thunder clouds start gathering.

There's really no need to "head home" once it starts storming, but I suppose if you were just on a day hike to scale a peak, you might be able to judge reasonably well whether or not you should cancel the climb. I'm in Utah and we get very little rain in the summer, and when it does rain, it's typically late afternoon storms that last about 30-60 minutes. However, the past two days, it rained pretty much non-stop, so you can never truly judge a storm until you start to see blue sky again.

The key fact to keep in mind is that lighting DOES strike the same place twice. It strikes the same places hundreds of millions of times until those places erode or break, and fundamentally change their shape. If lightning didn't do this, then lightning rods wouldn't work. As long as your body doesn't act like a lightning rod to the mountain, and you're far away from parts of the mountain that act like lightning rods (it's possible to be indirectly struck by lightning), you should be safe.
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