Sierra hiker clothes blasted off by lightning strike

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Sierra hiker clothes blasted off by lightning strike

Post by joebartels » Aug 25 2017 9:06 am

Lead Anchor HAZ_Hikebot wrote:Mathias Steinhuber was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with his girlfriend and friend Carla Elvidge.

The avid hikers were hiking from Donner Summit to Squaw Valley ahead of friends and had reached the top of the bare ( no pun intended ) peak Tinkers Knob.

His shoes, clothes, including his underwear, were ripped from his body. The lightning bolt burned a hole through one of his shoes. Steinhuber had major burns throughout his body when rescued Tuesday. As of Thursday he was in fair condition.
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Re: Sierra hiker clothes blasted off by lightning strike

Post by skatchkins » Aug 25 2017 9:16 am

I'm seeing a related Steve Martin/Jerk can moment. The lightning hates clothes!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXRM3lFRwRI

And a new photoset category: nakedstormchasing
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Re: Sierra hiker clothes blasted off by lightning strike

Post by chumley » Aug 25 2017 9:50 am

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Re: Sierra hiker clothes blasted off by lightning strike

Post by Hansenaz » Aug 25 2017 12:57 pm

Ruined a perfectly good pair of shoes.

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Re: Sierra hiker clothes blasted off by lightning strike

Post by TheMazzicMan » Aug 25 2017 4:03 pm

Best getting-naked-in-the-wilderness story ever!
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Re: Sierra hiker clothes blasted off by lightning strike

Post by amy1300 » Aug 25 2017 9:48 pm

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Re: Sierra hiker clothes blasted off by lightning strike

Post by neilends » Aug 28 2017 2:51 pm

Yikes.

I have a friend who got struck by lightning while hiking in Utah, when he was in his early 20s. No one knows if he was literally struck or whether it hit the ground close to him. Either way, he gets to say that he was struck.

He woke up in the dead of night since he'd passed out, alone. He's in his 40s now and still has bad headaches from the strike.
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Re: Sierra hiker clothes blasted off by lightning strike

Post by RowdyandMe » Aug 28 2017 3:55 pm

Never wear loose fitting clothes when hiking :y:
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Re: Sierra hiker clothes blasted off by lightning strike

Post by big_load » Aug 29 2017 8:21 pm

"Lightning. Yeah, it was lightning" - my response in the (hopefully) unlikely event of being apprehended without clothes on.

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