Hiker struck by lightning on the mend

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 5, 2010 - 10:07 PM

Brandon Baker, 31, of Princeton, Minn., has no memory of being KO'd by lightning in the mountains of Colorado.

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formermarineAug. 5, 1010:53 PM

Time to go buy a Powerball ticket. Though the chance of getting hit by lightning is better than winning the Powerball, I wonder if the odds of surviving a near direct strike put his odds right up there. This guy is lucky indeed!

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unknownfritoAug. 6, 1012:26 AM

I wouldn't consider getting hit by lightning lucky.

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solagratiaAug. 6, 10 7:46 AM

I had the privilege of climbing all 54 14,000' mountains in CO. Here's a few safety tips: 1) Always summit before noon and descend before the very frequent afternoon storms hit 2) Always carry gore-tex pants and jacket in your pack...it can snow almost anytime of the year on 14er. Many people have died due to exposure and heat loss 3) If going solo, always let people know where you will be and your expected return time 4) Bring extra water...if you get lost or disabled, sufficient water is key Climbing in the afternoon in the Rocky's is always highly risky...know the local conditions! Have fun and enjoy the scenery!

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ickkybombAug. 6, 10 8:07 AM

Wow I posted that being untop of a CO mountain in the late afternoon was unsafe, and no surprise of the lightning strike...I guess that was too crazy and had to be removed. Heil Strib hope the guy is ok

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gopherdiddyAug. 6, 10 8:20 AM

It is a no brainer if you are going to summit mountains in Colorado that you get your butt off of the summit before noon because it is very unpredictable after that. My wife and I did Mt. Elbert a few years back, applied that logic and even on the way down it was snowing some and could see not that long afterward it was raining and lightening out up on the peak.

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fastnfasterAug. 6, 10 8:40 AM

and my hat is off to him!

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kenn36Aug. 6, 10 9:28 AM

Quick, go buy a lottery ticket!

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benjammin3Aug. 6, 10 9:53 AM

I'll echo the comments above: get off the peak by noon. It doesn't take long for those storms to build up, and it does take long to get down safely. Also, don't go alone. I'm guessing he was the only person up there (otherwise somebody would have seen him get struck), and with how busy Longs Peak is, that should be a warning sign: if you're the only person on top of a busy peak, you're there at the wrong time and nobody else is crazy enough to be there. Lastly, if you are in a group and get caught in a storm, spread out to reduce the chance of multiple people getting struck - if somebody is going to get struck, you want somebody else to be there to help.

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ottohackAug. 6, 10 9:57 AM

Should have done some research and contacted some locals on when to climb and come down. Never hike a 12000 + peak in the middle of monsoon. Dry lightning etc!! Lesson Learned!!

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imgahn2uAug. 6, 10 3:38 PM

gopherdiddy - Has never made a mistake in his entire life, and has the good judgement to prove it.

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