Camping atop each of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains
July 22, 2012
When other mountain climbers hear about the “Sleeping On The Summits” project to spend the night atop each of the named 14,000-foot mountains in Colorado, their first reaction is: Are you crazy?
“There’s a reason this has never been done before,” acknowledged Chris Tomer, one of the two “Sleeping on the Summits” participants in a mission that took 95 days last year to accomplish.
Nobody knows better than Tomer, a meteorologist at KDVR and KWGN, that lightning is the top weather-related cause of death in Colorado.
Actually, Tomer’s “Sleeping On The Summits” partner, Jon Kedrowski, personally can testify to the power of lightning, too. He was in his tent, on the summit block of Mount Harvard at 9:50 p.m., when the air suddenly was so charged that the zippers on his jacket and the tent were buzzing.
“And I was, like, ‘Oh, this isn’t good,’ and I grabbed my pack, grabbed my shoes, rolled off the summit blocks and ran, and 20 or 30 seconds later, the lightning struck, almost like a bomb hitting,” Kedrowski said.
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