Woman Killed by Lightning strike in Mamores

Discussion in 'Hiking Chat' started by PhilHo, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. PhilHo

    PhilHo Section Hiker

  2. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Very sad and very unlucky :(
  3. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Terrible news, how awful

    Interesting comment about there being more lightning strikes at sea level in Lochaber than up in the mountains
  4. Willie Todd

    Willie Todd Backpacker

    I think all that this means is that there are a lot more people at low level in Lochaber than on the hills, not necessarily that there are more lightning strikes low down.
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  5. Mark

    Mark Backpacker

    A couple of years a friend and I were caught out in sudden lightening storm at the south end of Lismore. We saw several strikes within 100 yards of us and we could smell burning. We kept moving, there didn't seem an better alternative.
  6. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I’ve had a couple of close shaves myself, once on a golf course which left me physically shaking, just a single strike out of the blue.
    The second and more scary (because I saw it coming) was whilst canoeing out on the middle of Loch Long in Argyll, I couldn’t paddle fast enough to reach the shoreline and out run it so just hunkered down, I think one bolt struck an old lighthouse about 200m away but it was hard to tell in sheet rain

    I’ve sat a couple of storms out in my shelter but so far managed to avoid any ridge storms
  7. Henry

    Henry Ultralighter

    I was on a golf course in a lightning storm once; terrifying.
  8. Jon jons

    Jon jons Ultralighter

    Being on a golf course anyway sounds terrifying :D
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  9. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Scariest lighting experience was in 2017 at Lac Barroude, 0300 found me inside the Duomid crouching on the fully inflated Thermarest while outside the flash - bangs seemed simultaneous & the hairs were brisling…………..snow/ rain/ mist/ wind can be managed…………lightening takes no prisoners.
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  10. dovidola

    dovidola Section Hiker

    I read some guidance the other day which said that if a lightening storm occurred while I was camped, what I had to do was exit the tent, find a piece of featureless landscape, and curl into a foetal position (until the storm passed, presumably). Is this right?
  11. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    We had similar at Lac d'Arrious last year. A bit scary for a couple hours.
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  12. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    http://www.cimms.ou.edu/~doswell/tstm_camping_safety.html
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  13. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Summit Camper

    I was under the impression (probably misguided) that you were meant to sit on your rucksack, hadn't heard about leaving your tent mind, I'd probably want to do the opposite and stay in it, would be nice to find out the right advice actually.

    I used to fly fish with a lad that got struck on Rutland water, they reckon the lightning hit the water, travelled up and through the outboard which he was controlling and out through the gold necklace he had on.

    He has a perfect scar/burn circle around his neck, they reckon it saved his life, although he wasn't very well, his boat partner got him to treatment asap
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