Electric hair

Electric hair

Storm coming, thunder and electricity in the air - time to rush low.
Liba Kopeckova
on Aug 16, 2016 11:15 pm
Image ID: 979998

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hightinerary

hightinerary - Aug 17, 2016 5:13 am - Voted 10/10

Current Events

Time to bolt out of there!

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Aug 17, 2016 10:04 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Current Events

bolt out before the bolt hits?
I did right after the selfie… priorities, right?

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Aug 17, 2016 6:54 am - Voted 10/10

Yes, very dangerous

According to one of my books on mountaineering (the good old "Meine Berge" by Luis Trenker, inherited from my father) one is in mortal danger when something like that happens. My wife and I both experienced it on the flat summit of Sass Pordoi, seconds after there was a stroke of lightning less than 50 meters (150 ft.) away, in a cable car station that probably saved us.

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Aug 17, 2016 10:07 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Yes, very dangerous

good you got a shelter…I experienced electricity a few times and it does scare me..

Puma concolor

Puma concolor - Aug 17, 2016 8:31 am - Voted 10/10

Yikes!

Cool pic though.

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Aug 17, 2016 10:15 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Yikes!

Thanks… probably smarter would be not to take it and rush down:)

reboyles

reboyles - Aug 17, 2016 8:32 am - Voted 10/10

Deja Vu

I've had that happen a few times in my travels. When you can smell the ozone and feel the buzz, it's time to boogie!

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Aug 17, 2016 10:15 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Deja Vu

yeah.. I had this happen before too and always get freaked out by it...

Deb

Deb - Aug 17, 2016 1:10 pm - Voted 10/10

DAMN!

And you're smiling!

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Aug 17, 2016 2:01 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: DAMN!

I was scared… and rushed quickly down right after the photo...

Marcsoltan

Marcsoltan - Aug 17, 2016 6:49 pm - Voted 10/10

Dang Liba!

Been in many electrical storms, but never seen anything like this!
Thankfully, you're okay.
Safe and happy climbing,
Marc

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Aug 17, 2016 7:19 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Dang Liba!

Marc, I did not know that some of my hair was standing up… I just felt the electricity and wanted to quickly take a few photos and rushed down… One of my fastest descents...

hightinerary

hightinerary - Aug 17, 2016 7:10 pm - Voted 10/10

New Hair Gel?

There's something about Liba...

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Aug 17, 2016 7:20 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: New Hair Gel?

man, i am the most simple woman - no hair gel, no special cosmetics… only electricity...

boyblue

boyblue - Aug 17, 2016 10:51 pm - Voted 10/10

My hair...

... usually stands up like that every time I'm in a thunderstorm above timberline. In my case, however, it's due to fear- not static electricity ;-).

What an amazing shot!

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Aug 18, 2016 5:08 am - Hasn't voted

Re: My hair...

haha… :) thank you..

Oscar68

Oscar68 - Aug 18, 2016 2:12 am - Voted 8/10

Electric hair

very cool...i would have done the same...I've had a few friends advise me of lighting strikes on mountains especially their summits. Nothing like that, with the hair thing. Sometimes it may strike without any warning..I would like to know how long was that feeling or did someone just say shit look at you..somethings up here...kinda weird weather going on here..

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Aug 18, 2016 5:14 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Electric hair

I did not realize my hair was standing up until I checked the photo at home. I do most of the peaks solo, more time efficient and also a lot more challenging (I do carry SPOT with me). Just wanted to take quickly a few photos while thinking what will be the best way to get down b/c car was in the direction of a long ridge hike (cca 07 miles along an exposed ridge) and then the hike was more protected. I dropped well below the ridge and walked on scree below - harder terrain, but slightly safer...

Vid Pogachnik

Vid Pogachnik - Aug 18, 2016 5:30 am - Voted 10/10

Great shot!

Happy that you are safe. I experienced that only once and we rushed down the ridge of Igl Compass like a hell. Yet we were wet at the end.

Cheers!
Vid

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Aug 18, 2016 9:41 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great shot!

better wet than hit by lighting, right? yeah, I think I did one of my fastest descents...

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