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PostSat Nov 02, 2019 4:30 am 
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We got into the worst thunderstorm of our lives! | Day 2.2 of TMB from Col de Tricot to Chalets de Miages


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We were almost at the peak when the dark low clouds started to come down at us and we heard the thunder. It was very scary as it was very close to us. So we tried to go faster. But it was hard with the tireness that we had already. We hoped that it will go away soon and it wont rain heavily. So we got over the mountain quickly but soon realized that the clouds are staying abd it getting worse with the fierce wind and rain with thunder. We started coming down hoping that we manage to come down in time but it was too late.


The wind started to blow extremely strong and it was not only pouring rain but ice coming down at us. We got all wet in seconds. So we just had to stop at the side of the rocky steep trail right in the wet grass and wait for it to calm. We took out our raincoats, covered our heads and backpacks and got almost in panic praying for it to stop or at least to calm down. We haven't been in such harsh conditions before and so didn't know how to behave. The thunder and lightning were just right over our heads and the wind was trying to blow us away with the ice that was crushing onto our heads. That was the scariest weather conditions we've been to in our lives.

Later we realized that if we pitched up a tent up on the mountain it would have been better to wait for the storm to go away. But we just didn't have a good reaction in the moment. Also some piece of waterproof sheet would be helpful to have to be able to set it up quickly over our heads everywhere. This way we would feel less stressful about bad weather conditions. But that's something to consider for the future.

When the wind calmed down a bit and it wasn't ice raining we started to descend down. The ground was extremely slippery and our legs were very sore already from the long uphill, they were shivering so we really tried hard not to lose the balance.

We did the downhill in around 30 min and headed straight to the refuge house as we were very cold and wet and at least needed to dry up our clothes. When we saw the prices 25 euros a person for the night we were s bit shocked as we expected that the name refugee means for everybody and it should be cheap or even donative. Because everybody has the right to have a shelter from the storm. So we already knew that we are not going to stay there. But we asked for some tea and place to dry our clothes and fortunately they had a roofed glass  terrace with a fireplace. So we spent there a good couple of hours and the rain was persistently staying all that time.

We could dry our pants and most of the clothes but not the shoes unfortunately, they were still completely wet. And we were so hungry at that time that our  heads were spinning. At one moment the rain almost stopped and we had to get out of this warm place.

We knew that we are not gonna be doing it till the planned village so we had to search for the place to camp here in the outskirts. So we collected some water from the source and found our place at the river bank as it seemed quite flat and the trees were protecting us from others sight. Luckily we still had some daylight left to properly pitch up a tent and set up everything for the night. So we cooked our delicious cereals with mushrooms and tomatoes, ate as much as we could and went to sleep.

Have you ever been in such extreme weather conditions? How did you behave?

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PostSat Nov 02, 2019 7:45 pm 
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Iíve hiked the TMB twice a recognize your location.  Yes, the high Sierras can produce some intense lightening storms and Iíve been caught in those a few times.  I am sure people on this forum have shared the same experience as you.  Itís not fun.
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PostSat Nov 02, 2019 10:52 pm 
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Had a big one come up in me real quick while competin' at 13k one time and basically you're just gunnin' for the line. The tree line that is. Guys start cuttin' switchbacks when the big bolts begin to occur in the vicinity. You better know you're own way back to camp at that point cause no one is watching out for anyone but themselves when the bolts get to be an immediate threat! Panic ensues at that point and all bets are off

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PostSun Nov 03, 2019 1:43 am 
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Roly Poly wrote:
Iíve hiked the TMB twice a recognize your location.  Yes, the high Sierras can produce some intense lightening storms and Iíve been caught in those a few times.  I am sure people on this forum have shared the same experience as you.  Itís not fun.

Thank you for the feedback and understanding. Probably it's inevitable as you can't really rely on the weather forecasts that much and it is so hard to predict.

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PostSun Nov 03, 2019 1:45 am 
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BigBrunyon wrote:
Had a big one come up in me real quick while competin' at 13k one time and basically you're just gunnin' for the line. The tree line that is. Guys start cuttin' switchbacks when the big bolts begin to occur in the vicinity. You better know you're own way back to camp at that point cause no one is watching out for anyone but themselves when the bolts get to be an immediate threat! Panic ensues at that point and all bets are off

Yes, that was really intense for us and we basically had no time to get to the shelter as the cloud was moving very fast and the shelter was still 3 kms away from us down the steep hill. So we did the best as we can in that situation.

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