If you are caught in a lightning storm while camping, climbing, or hiking, it is often difficult to find a protected place. However, you can avoid lightning injuries by taking certain precautions during outdoor recreation:
The best place for shelter during a storm is inside a structure with four walls and a roof or an enclosed vehicle. Small, open shelters and tents do not provide protection. Large caves and valleys are protective. Small caves, overhangs, and wet stream beds are likely to be more dangerous than open areas because water conducts electricity and electricity can jump gaps between rocks.
Remember these six safety tips when you are hiking or climbing during a storm.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: You can lessen your odds of being struck by lightning by following these precautions and safety tips while camping, hiking, or climbing.