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Jan 04, 2018 00:15 |  #1

Northern Territory Police confirmed to sources that the long, metal tripod acted as a conductor for the lightning and could be the cause of Antony’s death.
http://www.news.com.au ...cfb3c6e4688ddd0921f​516637 (external link)


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Jan 04, 2018 01:10 |  #2

Pippan wrote in post #18532976 (external link)
Northern Territory Police confirmed to sources that the long, metal tripod acted as a conductor for the lightning and could be the cause of Antony’s death.
http://www.news.com.au ...cfb3c6e4688ddd0921f​516637 (external link)

Yeah Pippan, was sad to read.

Hope all is well up in your neck of the woods, and Happy New Year!




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Jan 04, 2018 06:58 |  #3

Um.......carbon fiber is electrically conductive....:rolleyes:


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Jan 04, 2018 07:12 |  #4

saea501 wrote in post #18533095 (external link)
Um.......carbon fiber is electrically conductive....:rolleyes:

It sure is (clue is in the name - CARBON ;-)a) as many a fisherman should know as they cast nearby to high voltage lines!




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Jan 04, 2018 07:14 |  #5

1) If there is lightning in the area, don't walk around with anything strapped to your back taller than you, or in fact don't have anything conductive around you if you can help it. This is the reason softball and baseball teams (for children anyways) don't have practice or games with lightning in the area. (Aluminum bats aren't great things to be holding out in front of you with a storm in the area)

2) If you are going to have a tripod during hiking, find the most compact one you can so that it is small and unobtrusive. Unfortunately, if you want one that isn't conductive, you are basically restricted to yucky alternatives.


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Jan 04, 2018 08:21 |  #6

The RRS ballhead is a good enough corona ball by itself  :p


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Jan 04, 2018 08:40 |  #7

A wooden tripod is probably best if you absolutely have to have a tripod in a severe storm.


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Jan 04, 2018 08:43 |  #8

Wide open area!!!!! As any one here in dk know such places are to be avoided in case of thunder as well as staying away from tall trees, beaches etc. Im not sure the tripod made any difference at all.




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Jan 04, 2018 10:35 |  #9

People will attract lighting. I have been on high ridges and felt the hair on the back of my neck stand up when the dark clouds start coming in. scary




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Jan 04, 2018 10:47 |  #10

Sideshot wrote in post #18533198 (external link)
People will attract lighting.

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The tallest thing on a flat plane will have greater likelihood of attracting lightning, with or without metal poles, which is why it is advised, if caught out on a flat plane, "Look for a dry, low-lying area such as a valley and become the smallest target possible. Do this by crouching down with your heels touching, head between the knees, and ears covered. Minimize your contact with the ground and do not lie down flat."

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I have been on high ridges and felt the hair on the back of my neck stand up when the dark clouds start coming in. scary

As for that tingling:

"Lightning strikes are preceded by a sensation of tingling or by your hair standing on end. If you have this feeling and are in or near a thunderstorm, your body has likely sent what is called a positive streamer. If this sudden charge connects with the electrons pooling beneath the storm clouds, lightning will strike you or within a very close proximity."


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Jan 04, 2018 11:52 |  #11

Sideshot wrote in post #18533198 (external link)
People will attract lighting. I have been on high ridges and felt the hair on the back of my neck stand up when the dark clouds start coming in. scary

I certainly do but mostly they come from my wifes eyes :rolleyes:




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Jan 04, 2018 13:45 |  #12

saea501 wrote in post #18533095 (external link)
Um.......carbon fiber is electrically conductive....:rolleyes:

Is it as conductive as aluminium?


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Jan 04, 2018 14:06 as a reply to Pippan's post |  #13

With that kind of voltage, absolutely.

Depending on the composition of the carbon fiber, any given piece may offer more resistance than aluminum when measured. But when considered as a conductor in a lightning strike, most any material will offer little to no resistance as it is pretty much vaporized as it conducts to ground.

Which is why people die.


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Jan 04, 2018 14:38 as a reply to saea501's post |  #14

People die by vaporizing when they get hit by lightning? I thought people die due to an overload on the nervous system, and severe burns/organ damage?


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Jan 05, 2018 10:13 |  #15

TeamSpeed wrote in post #18533400 (external link)
People die by vaporizing when they get hit by lightning? I thought people die due to an overload on the nervous system, and severe burns/organ damage?

What do you think that kind of burn is? When body parts are destroyed to the point where it's hard to tell what you're looking at. According to the Smithsonian, vaporizing is certainly part of it.

'The electricity crackling over the surface of the human body singes clothing, vaporizes sweat and moisture into scalding steam, and renders metal objects like belt buckles, keys, and jewelry so hot that they burn the skin. Occasionally, all that steam even blows victims’ shoes and socks off."
Read more: https://www.smithsonia​nmag.com ...2937/#c86Imxj5BRH1k​yuW.99 (external link)

Ever seen body parts that have seen thousands of volts of electricity? So, yes, vaporizing is a pretty accurate description of what things look like afterward. Sorry if I used a word you didn't care for.

Gimme a break.


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