Thread: Lightning While In a Hammock

1. I was one of the many who asked the same question , it would seem (lol) that lightning would follow the chunkiest mass . So if it struck a tree that you were attached to in theory it should stay in that mass and run out into the ground...in theory.
What I would worry about is this : Any tree has an abundance of water inside it , when lightning hits a tree it immediatly vaporizes the water content of the tree turning it into steam , the steam has no where to go but out which creates an "explosion" . If the tree is small enough in diameter it could create shrapnel of varying sizes , all of which would be wizzing through the air faster than a bullet .
To be honest , lightning scares me the most outside.....so I have tried to educate myself about it , google lightning strikes in forrest areas and notice the trends....always keep things higher than you and your feet off the ground....like Shug and Hickery say...it only hurts if you live..LOL!!!

2. Lighting is very predictable, if you know the hundreds and hundreds of variables that influence it's actions.

Since, I don't really know/feel like doing some of these calculations in the backwoods (who knows the specific electrical resistance of wood ... I don't!) you will have to guess, but it is sill pretty predictable. Electricity always follows the path of least resistance, so you don't have to worry so much about being electrocuted in your hammock, it would take so much more for electricty to travel down one tree, through your hammock, through you, then back down the other tree to the earth (it's destination) instead of just continuing through the tree. This is another reason why birds can sit on power wires, and why you could too, as long as you don't touch the ground. The moment you touch the ground it becomes so much easier for the electricity to travel through you into the earth instead of the kilometers of wire it has to travel.

That said, lighting can still affect your environment! I'm sure it could be particularly dangerous if it struck your trees!

3. Lightning is scary, beautiful and can kill you.
So can a falling tree or a bear or a mountain lion or a lake if you drowned in it.
On a recent trip....Hickery and I were beguiled by a lightning storm and took our chances. Crazy? Yes.
Worth it? Oh Yeah!
*** We had a bail out plan but it would have come closer for us to implement it.
Shug

4. Originally Posted by Shug
Lightning is scary, beautiful and can kill you.
So can a falling tree or a bear or a mountain lion or a lake if you drowned in it.
On a recent trip....Hickery and I were beguiled by a lightning storm and took our chances. Crazy? Yes.
Worth it? Oh Yeah!
*** We had a bail out plan but it would have come closer for us to implement it.
Shug

God forbid anyone got hit by a falling bear or mountain lion....

5. Originally Posted by Stan
God forbid anyone got hit by a falling bear or mountain lion....
They are quite dense and would squash a feller.....

6. Originally Posted by Shug
They are quite dense and would squash a feller.....
AND speaking of such an accident!

Bizzare bear accident!

7. Originally Posted by Hawk-eye
AND speaking of such an accident!

Bizzare bear accident!
All I can say is WOW.

8. Originally Posted by Hawk-eye
AND speaking of such an accident!

Bizzare bear accident!
Haaaa.....even though I did not know it....I know of what I speak. Or type in this case.
Shug

9. I was just walking the woods by my cabin (20 year old pine) and saw a lot of trees that had recently been struck this spring. Most of them just exploded on the top and left about 15' remaining. I don't what kind of shrapnel is created, but they don't seem to ever explode down to the roots...

10. Lightning hit the flag pole at work, blew the top off, it flew quite a distance, and it uprooted all the plants around it on the ground.. Pretty impressive..