1633Hammock Camping Re: I need help!!
- Jun 1, 2003--- In email@example.com, "Kim Muller" <kim004@f...>
> What are the dangers of lightning while in a hammock tied between 2trees?
The first answer that popped into my mind was an experience I had
last summer right in my own back yard. We'd had some thunder and
lightning, but nothing for about half an hour. It was very quiet and
I was hanging out on my deck in one of my hammock chairs. All of a
sudden I heard the loudest boom I'd ever heard, coupled with an
incredibly bright flash of light that went horizontal to the ground
and out in a circular direction (like when a pebble hits still
water). Lightning had hit a tree just a short distance from my house
and split it right down the middle.
I felt the energy of it go through me like the proverbial lightning
bolt that it was. It was awesome!!!
I called a couple of neighbors, neither of whom lives close enough to
see my house, or woods in the summer. One had heard the boom, but
didn't see the flash of light. The other, who is about half a mile
away through dense woods, did see the flash of light as she heard the
Later I went out to see the tree. It was charred from top to bottom,
with splinters of it thrown many feet all around it. At the base of
it was a rock in the shape of a heart, with a half shell fossilized
into it. Needless to say, I picked that up and brought it back to
the house, where it has a place of honor.
So, I'd say that the worst possible danger of being in a hammock
between two trees (besides being hit directly) would be to have a
bolt of lightning hit one of the tie-up trees!
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