Re: [John Muir Trail] Lightning Death
- I have a SERIOUS fear of lightning. I've heard many
things you are supposed to do to protect yourself-
anyone have some words of wisdom before I leave for
the trail on Thurs.? Or maybe a good link with what to
do in a lightning storm?
It sounds like they were out in the open- not a good
idea. But I've also heard that you shouldn't be near
trees, either? I've heard that you should be in an
area where you don't stand out- and basically make
your profile like a rock by sitting on your thermarest
with you knees tucked up to your chin.
Please, if anyone can help me out with a little
reassurance, it would help!!!
p.s. How terrible for those people. My thoughts and
prayers are certainly with them...
--- fdikken2002 <fdikken@...> wrote:
> One man was killed and seven people were injured____________________________________________________
> when lightning struck
> a Boy Scout troop Thursday in Sequoia National Park,
> authorities said.
> Two other people, a teenage boy and adult man, were
> severely injured
> and flown to University Medical Center in Fresno.
> The lightning strike happened at 4 p.m. along John
> Muir Trail near
> Sandy Meadow (west of Whitney and west of Crabtree
> Meadows).The Boy
> Scout group was in a meadow surrounded by trees when
> the lightning
> storm became heavy. They split into two groups and
> set up two tarps
> more than 50 feet apart to seek refuge from the
> storm, Picavet said.
> Then, a lightning strike made a direct hit on one
> The lightning death was the seventh fatality in
> Sequoia and Kings
> Canyon National Parks this year. Picavet said it's
> been several years
> since someone has been killed by lightning.
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