It was a day full of rain. The mountain was pretty quiet for most of the day. Around 2 p.m. we started seeing wet hikers making their way into the lodge. Some of you were asking about trail safety in case you are caught in as storm while hiking. If Chris and I find ourselves in the middle of a storm, we always try and make it to lower area. You want to steer clear of tall trees, mountain tops, and exposed areas. We then look for a rock outcropping or an area that is somewhat covered. The next thing you want to do is squat with your heels touching. If you can squat on your daypack, sleeping pad, or rock that is ideal. If you can squat without touching the ground that is also ideal. If you were to catch a ground current, the idea is for the current to go up one leg and down the other, without traveling through your main torso. You want as little contact with the ground as possible. Chris and I were caught in a storm the last time we came back to work. The first thing we did was keep hiking until we came to a low area in the trail. We were between two ridges. We took cover until we could tell the main part of the storm had passed. I hope this information helps you stay safe while hiking.
Today is starting out the same way. It is currently raining at the lodge. We heard a forecast calling for 50% chance of rain. If you are hiking up, don't forget your rain jacket or poncho. It will make for a much more pleasant trip. We will have hot chocolate waiting for you.
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