Re: Tents/Lightning and Arrow of Light Questions
Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@SSNET.COM)
Fri, 16 Aug 1996 07:17:18 -0400
You asked -
> One of the things
> we looked at was tents sharing pegs. We found some as well as tents
> tied together and a couple of other neat variations. When asked what
> the reasoning was the head inspector explained that connecting tents was
> a potential hazard if one was struck by lightning. The idea is that the
> charge would spread from tent to tent instead of just going to ground.
When lightning strikes, the greater concern would be the spread of the
energy through the ground and its possible effect on those metal bunks
you so often find in camp. Don't forget that when lightning strikes a
tree where people are standing, even people several metres fromthe tree
may be knocked down...
Better that tent platforms be self-contained (lines attached to a frame
on the platform) and grounded (though this is something that would cost
In the case of backpacking tents, the question becomes quite academic,
since you are sleeping on the ground already, although a ground padk
might conceivably provide a bit of grounding protection to you. Best not
to pitch your tent in a vulnerable location, in that case...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City