Hiking Lightning Safety | How to Survive a Thunderstorm in Colorado, the Sierras, or Any Other Trail

Let’s be real, the best hiking trails are all above tree line (sorry-not-sorry). However, that means facing dangerous afternoon thunderstorms, particularly when hiking in the Colorado rockies.

To make sure that you know how to survive a thunderstorm in Colorado, the Sierras, or anywhere else you choose to hike, backpack, or peak bag it is a good idea to review the hiking lightning safety tips discussed in this video! I go over how to avoid thunderstorms, when to bail, what to do if caught in a storm, and what to do if struck by lightning. You even get some bonus tips for how to keep your dogs safe, which you wont find anywhere else!

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  • This is the best video I’ve found on the subject! Very straight to the point and easy to follow! We recently were hiking over a pass in the Sierra and a lightening storm came in, the next day a man died in the sierras after hunkering down under a tree. I decided I needed more clear information after that! Thank you!

  • Great info, thanks! I had to sleep in a hollowed out tree (tarp over top) with a bunch of 8 year old YWCA campers when I was a camp counsellor in my teens, and when we got caught in a thunder storm out on a long overnight hike. I remember being really glad we weren't hit by lightening because jamming 10 little girls and two teen leaders inside a giant old growth forest hollowed out trunk with a tarp on top was exciting enough!

  • What's your craziest lightning story?

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