5657Re: [Hammock Camping] storms
- May 11, 2004--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Ed Speer" <info@s...> wrote:
> Lightning, as always , is a very serious concern. I've had troublefinding
> volunteers willing to test my hammocks in actual situations, so myadvice is
> still--avoid all lightning! Electrocution is not the only danger--there is
> still a problem with falling trees or branches and potentiallydeadly
> schrapnel from a tree that explodes when hit by lightning. Ifyou've ever
> seen such a tree explode, you know you don't want to be anywherearound at
> the time!Besides being electrocuted or fragged, the other danger is having
your hearing damaged by sound concussion. (People have even had
their ear drums blown out.) By the time you realize you're in the
strike zone there's not much you can do. But you can clip off two
small bits of packtowel to plug your ears. Or some tissue will do.
Bear take-out bag, wilderness body bag... hammocks are so versatile!
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