Originally Posted by Carogan
Are there things that hangers could do to alleviate this threat?
Are there ways to make the webbing less conductive to electricity? Could you have a piece with super high resistance spliced into it so that if a strike occurs, there is far less likelihood that it would "choose" to go down the hammock (as far as lightning "chooses" to do anything according to these "laws").
Honestly, I think if you count on resistance, you're screwed regardless. In the car, it's not the "resistance of the tires" that saves you, it's the Faraday Cage effect of the metal body. I don't think there would be a way, including the tarp, to create something you could carry with this effect.
That said, it will try to find the ground. If it is electrically easier, or "shorter" to go through you to get to ground, you're toast. If not, then I'd think being up off the ground would help, as I can't see it finding electrical ground at some arbitrary point in the air, from the ground. Also, the ropes on my Clark, for example, are about as nonconductive as you could get, so I don't think you'd be doing anything more as far as electrical insulation.