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"Any" chance? If you follow this advice then you probably won't be hiking Baldy anytime from June thru September. So evaluate the relative chance of thunderstorms, the terrain, the time of day, etc, minimize the risks as much as possible, and then go backpacking. The chances of getting hit are statistically small, and life isn't risk-free.hanmart wrote:All the lightning safety guides out there say the best thing to do is to not venture out if there is any chance of lightning.
Closely related to having a plan B is having a bailout option if you get caught in bad weather unexpectedly. This is a good reason to make sure you have a good map for wherever you are hiking so that you can have options if you need to get to cover fast. I think that the USGS topo quads are best for this because they show tree cover, which can be a lifesaver in a lightning storm.Tough_Boots wrote:A plan B is a good idea. I was stuck out backpacking in that same storm that killed the girl up on the rim last summer. It was terrifying and lightning was hitting close and frequently for a long time. What's the point in going through that if there's other options? Risking your life? This is recreational hiking and backpacking-- not climbing Everest.
Yes, reading about those terrible events is what gave me pause.nonot wrote:There is still some risk, a HAZ member got zapped about a year ago on a backpack trip. He survived but at least one other person was killed.
Reminds me of one of my favorite backpacking jokes:SuperstitionGuy wrote:I always had a plan B . . .
Me: This looks like a great time for Plan B
Friend: We have a Plan B?
Me: No but if we did this would be a great time for it.