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Woman nearly electrocuted on Mount Princeton

Woman nearly electrocuted on Mount Princeton
Posted at 10:22 PM, Jul 08, 2019

A group of hikers experienced a close call while at the top of one of Colorado's 14ers last weekend when a lightning storm caught them by surprise. Now, a photo of one of the hikers during the storm is going viral.

Friends Lori and Ally said they had just made it to the top of Mount Princeton along with about 30 other hikers. They were up there for about five minutes when Ally said she felt a strange pain in her foot.

"So, all of a sudden I feel something or who purposefully hit my toe and I said what? What the heck? Who hit my toe and at the same time the two guys in front of me go oh my god, static," Ally Ondechek said.

Hair standing on end and other signs of electricity in the air are major indicators that lightning is about to strike. Thankfully, no one was struck.

Lightning is Colorado's deadliest weather element, and that's why many experienced Colorado climbers have a rule about getting off a mountain summit before noon.