Originally Posted by Jeffrey
That's sad. Wonder if it could have been prevented with better choices or lightning safety awareness?
Well, perhaps. Not hiking above treeline, not hiking in the PM while cloudy, etc. But who among us hasn't delayed a bit in turning around? Sometimes you're just unlucky.
And Jeffrey, as someone who's spent a lot of time in Tucson with relatives it's the same thing. Lots of lightning, but it rarely hits anyone. And you won't necessarily be the tallest object, maybe some mesquite will be. Here's some info, with a couple of interesting pictures:
http://www.lightningsafety.com/nlsi_pls ... trike.html
Seems to hit on the edge of roofs, so the "skin effect" would probably still send it down the sides.
Some boats I've seen have had lightning protection built in, since they're fiberglass. Maybe something like that would help you.