American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Colorado, Quandry Peak

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  • Publication Year: 1962

Colorado, Quandry Peak. On July 4, Charles Hardin (43) and his daughter Marilee (18) ascended Quandry Peak. They apparently were standing on the summit watching an approaching storm. Local persons noted severe lightning in the area on the afternoon of the Fourth and it is assumed that they were struck and killed by lightning, since their bodies were found on the summit the next day by a search party organized by the Summit County Mountain Rescue Team.

Source: Ed Anderson.

Analysis: This is another example of the danger of lightning. Afternoon lightning storms are frequent occurrences in this area and it seems that discretion would dictate that climbers be off the exposed ridges and

summits by afternoon. If not, an approaching storm should warn them to take cover or at least to assume a squatting position to minimize the exposure. One should not stand and be a lightning rod.

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