/ Lightning ,or was it an air strike

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andymac - on 26 Jan 2014
Some scary shit on the mountain top.

Probably the nearest I've been to being zapped.

Huge flash all around me ,and an instant mega loud explosion.

I nearly pooped myself. I got the f*ck out of There ,sharpish
Kevin Woods - on 26 Jan 2014
In reply to andymac:

Ooft. That's close! Where were you?
drmarten on 26 Jan 2014
In reply to andymac:

Where about Andy, any kind of forewarning - axes humming, static in the air etc?

Andy_B39 - on 26 Jan 2014
In reply to andymac:

Sounds like you had a luckier escape than these guys...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-25902599
andymac - on 26 Jan 2014
In reply to Kevin Woods:

Ben More

Isle of Mull. This morning.

Was followed by the most horrendous hail stones.they were absolutely killing me .

Mother Nature is a powerful lady.
kinley2 - on 26 Jan 2014
In reply to andymac:

Before or after you got to the top?
SethChili - on 26 Jan 2014
In reply to andymac:

Scary stuff ! I had a similar experience yesterday on mam tor in the peak district . The whole world went electric blue only a few meters to one side and there was a sound like a bomb had gone off ( but miles louder ) .
I'd already been running downhill to get out of harm's way and was slightly concerned as I had a walking pole on my rucksack - and I didn't want to become a human lightning conductor .
andymac - on 26 Jan 2014
In reply to kinley2:
About 100 yards from the stone shelter(top)

Top of the mountain is rather flat.

You'll have been on Ben More?
Post edited at 14:57
Trevers - on 26 Jan 2014
In reply to Andy_B39:

> Sounds like you had a luckier escape than these guys...


And these feral cats:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-25902371
andymac - on 26 Jan 2014
In reply to SethChili:

Yes ,electric blue .

My concern was that the hill might be one big lightning conductor.

Compasses go a bit awry up there ,because of some magnetic interference
kinley2 - on 26 Jan 2014
In reply to andymac:

Yeah - but only once (with no electricity in the air).

I think I'd have needed a change of underwear after that though.
andymac - on 26 Jan 2014
In reply to kinley2:
Wasn't wearing underwear.

Pair of Endura tights between me and the elements.

Sorry.too much information.
Post edited at 15:20
In reply to andymac:

sounds like you had a lucky escape. The only time I've been that close, I got hit.
BnB - on 27 Jan 2014
In reply to Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com:

I had the same thing happen to me on the Pennine moors. Not a direct strike but it damn well flattened me and several cows nearby. No one can imagine just how flipping loud it is to be in the middle of a thunderclap. Since then I'm pretty terrified of lightning storms. With good reason.
mbh - on 27 Jan 2014
In reply to andymac:

I was once inside when lightning and thunder seemed to be right overhead. I went out onto the balcony of our 2nd floor flat to have a look. Lightning then struck so close, with such a flash and a bang that I fell over. I don't know how close it actually was, but it took out the electrics of the whole block and our modem (this was 1998) was blackened.
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smuffy on 27 Jan 2014
In reply to andymac:

Two of us camping on A93 Saturday night. At about 10pm we saw a flash that seemed to light up the whole world for a millisecond. No noise, no static, nothing but this intense flash....it was well weird.

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