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Re: Lightning on the AT
>Oh, yes, lightning---my favorite subject while hiking the AT. It seemed
>that for all the incredible views I got (the Hump, Beauty Spot, Mt. Rogers)
>I paid for it before or after by getting stuck in really nasty storms
>on the highest point around. Essentially, if you get stuck in a storm,
>just hunker down and ride it out. Some people who had Thermarests pulled
>them out and sat on them while in a the middle of the storm for insulation.
>The key thing is to make yourself as small as you can, and try not to be
>crossing a bald or open area if you can plan ahead; otherwise, sort of Zen
>with it if you get stuck in a really bad storm.
Sounds like you have a lot in common with the Weathercarrot. He's not real
enthusiastic about lightning either. He plans his day so he's finished hiking
before the thunderstorms hit.
I only had one run in with it - on the ridge south of Chestnut Knob shelter.
Just kept on moving - there wasn't anyplace to hide.