Before the lightning

Before the lightning

Perry and Jude relaxing near Rockhole Lake, July 21, 1979. Jude was struck by lightning a few hours later, almost at this exact spot. See trip report.
on Aug 7, 2003 10:01 pm
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Kane - Aug 7, 2003 10:39 pm - Voted 10/10


Thanks for sharing this photo with us. When you see this photo it must always bring back strong memories.


Nelson - Aug 10, 2003 12:30 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Whoa...

This is the only photo I have of Perry and Jude together from that trip. It was the last photo in my camera before the lightning strike.


kilimanjaro1 - Aug 10, 2003 10:31 pm - Voted 10/10


That photo sends chills up my looks safe enough... sure it was a flat area... but big mountain behind... and you werent on a ridge...count your blessings.


Nelson - Aug 10, 2003 11:22 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Chills

The lightning strike happened a bit downstream from where this photo was taken. Our camp was up to the right, out of sight, and slightly behind where I was standing. If we ever do get back up there I wonder if I could find the exact spot?

Yes, we count our blessings.


Drazil - Aug 26, 2003 1:01 pm - Voted 10/10

Amazing story

I am amazed Jude survived - so very fortunate. Does she still climb. Great photos. Thank for educating everybody with your story.



Nelson - Aug 26, 2003 6:10 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Amazing story

Thanks Liz.

Jude never was a climber, though she has hiked up Kala Pattar, Mount Elbert, and a few other things. She still loves mountain hiking, and actually has considered Kilimanjaro. I looked at your Kili summit log entry, thanks for that information. Who knows?!


Drazil - Aug 27, 2003 10:24 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Amazing story

I highly recommend Kilimanjaro especially the Western Breach route. Isolated and incredibly beautiful. Kili is essentially a mountain hike which you will both be sure to enjoy. The folks at the Marangu Hotel can help sort the entire trip out for you. Feel free to contact me via email if you want more detailed information.

Personally planning on returning to Africa to do some more climbing there ... probably not till 2005 and might even do Kili again!




awtakontrl - Jun 28, 2015 10:19 am - Hasn't voted


My family and I will be hiking Pikes Peak next month, so I've been reading information on it and came across this post. Lightning is scary and definitely a great concern in Colorado, where we live.

I'm glad everything turned out well, but what an incredible story! Thank you for sharing your experience as it serves as awareness for the rest of us.


Nelson - Jun 28, 2015 2:41 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: wow

Thanks much for your comment. Have a safe and fun trip up Pikes.

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