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WEATHER . Increased risk of hypothermia Makes footing very unstable increasing risks of falls; be aware of cliff edges & steep terrain in these conditions. After heavy rain, creeks and rivers may flood blocking your route. What should you do if this happens to you?. Rain. Lightning.

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Weather

WEATHER

  • Increased risk of hypothermia

  • Makes footing very unstable increasing risks of falls; be aware of cliff edges & steep terrain in these conditions.

  • After heavy rain, creeks and rivers may flood blocking your route. What should you do if this happens to you?

Rain


Lightning

Lightning

A threat we must take seriously


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Lightning


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Lightning

A risk that you must take very seriously, your life could depend on taking the right action!

  • Get off high ground

  • Get off the water

  • Get out of your sleeping bag

  • Stay out of creeks

  • You MUST insulate yourself from the ground

  • Boots on, rubber mats on ground, crouch on packs.


When should we begin to be worried about lightning 25 15 second rule

When Should We Begin To Be Worried About Lightning:25 / 15 Second Rule!

  • At 25 seconds between lightning and thunder, lightning is in striking range. Move to safest ground in case storm is closing in on you.

  • At 15 seconds group must be spread out and in insulation position.


Lightning protection position

Lightning Protection Position

If you are in the open you may become the high point that gets struck

Do not huddle under tree as lightning may strike high point

Insulate yourself from the ground using your boots, pack, and rubber mat

Don’t be under the tree, but not right out in the open. ½ height from tree.


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