1638Hammock Camping Re: I need help!!
- Jun 1, 2003Thats closer to nature than I want to get. So if a flying slinter of
wood did not get you I still think you would be unharmed. Don't want
to test the theory though. Any takers?
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> > What are the dangers of lightning while in a hammock tied
> 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
> I was hanging out on my deck in one of my hammock chairs. All ofa
> sudden I heard the loudest boom I'd ever heard, coupled with anground
> incredibly bright flash of light that went horizontal to the
> and out in a circular direction (like when a pebble hits stillhouse
> water). Lightning had hit a tree just a short distance from my
> and split it right down the middle.lightning
> I felt the energy of it go through me like the proverbial
> bolt that it was. It was awesome!!!to
> I called a couple of neighbors, neither of whom lives close enough
> see my house, or woods in the summer. One had heard the boom, butmile
> didn't see the flash of light. The other, who is about half a
> away through dense woods, did see the flash of light as she heardthe
> Later I went out to see the tree. It was charred from top to
> with splinters of it thrown many feet all around it. At the baseof
> it was a rock in the shape of a heart, with a half shellfossilized
> 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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