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Re: Sleeping on top of 14ers

Postby carson_h » Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:04 pm

Does anyone have experience with lightning detectors?

I'm wondering how well they would work when a peak is blocking views of the sky.

Also, would the electronics inside a GPS or SPOT/InReach interfere?

Neither of these factors would be an issue for sleeping on top of a 14er since you would have a full view of the sky and you can shut off your GPS; however, I probably wouldn't buy a detector just to sleep on a 14er...

http://www.ambientweather.com/lightning.html

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Re: Sleeping on top of 14ers

Postby Fisching » Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:35 pm

carson_h wrote:Does anyone have experience with lightning detectors?

I'm wondering how well they would work when a peak is blocking views of the sky.


IMHO, they suck (that's the blunt way of putting it; "unreliable" might be a better description). As a JV soccer coach at Woodland Park last year, we were required by state law to carry one at games, but we never relied on them to make a call on whether to postpone. I witnessed one detector at a game go from predicting lighting was 24-48 miles away to 0-6 to None in a 30 second span.
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Re: Sleeping on top of 14ers

Postby jdorje » Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:56 pm

carson_h wrote:Neither of these factors would be an issue for sleeping on top of a 14er since you would have a full view of the sky


Actually sleeping would be the biggest danger then. If you just want to spend the night awake on top of a mountain the storm hazard can be mitigated substantially, I would think. Summertime full moon...would be fun.

Regardless - you know what the Welsh say about people who stay on mountain peaks at night, don't you?
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Re: Sleeping on top of 14ers

Postby pioletski » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:12 pm

OK Jason, I'll bite. What do the Welsh say of people who stay on mountain peaks at night?
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Re: Sleeping on top of 14ers

Postby Jim Davies » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:28 pm

Although I'm 1/4 Welsh, I haven't heard of that one before. But it's probably 95% vowels and sounds like a frog clearing its throat.

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Re: Sleeping on top of 14ers

Postby unclegar » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:42 pm

carson_h wrote:Does anyone have experience with lightning detectors


Bring an ice ax. Both times I have been on Evans my ice ax hummed before lightning strikes. :shock:
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Re: Sleeping on top of 14ers

Postby mewithout14ers » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:54 pm

Okay, so as far as I know, if there is absolutely no storms coming in a particular afternoon/night and its just a beautiful, cloudless period of time then its not necessary to worry about lightning, correct? It kinda sounds like some people either assume I'll be sleeping on top of a 14er when there IS a chance of thunderstorms, or there still can be lightning storms even on a cloudless day.
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