I need to make sense of something that happened to me yesterday.
I was hiking up my mountain here in Central Arkansas when a thunderstorm rolled through. Naturally, I decide its a good time to train scrambling, soaking wet, with a full load of ultralight gear.
Everything was going smoothly. I kept things to a slow pace so I woudln't break my neck on slick granite. About two thirds of the way up, the lightning gets fierce and thunderclaps are very close.
By the time I made it to the top, the lightning had mostly faded. My pack was jumbled and needed stabilizing so I took it off to adjust and drink some water when I suddenly was more terrified than I have ever been in my whole life! My hair stood up and, for just a split second, I could feel every single water drop on my body. That was followed by numbness and brief terror. Everything I have been told about lightning safety indicated to me that God was about to call my number. I run across a boulder field (stupid I know) to cover and to be closer to a couple, who was also on the mountain, so they would know a man just got hit by lightning.
Praying that what I felt was some area affect, I yelled to the couple to see if they felt anything. No dice. I calm a bit and begin to marvel at the natural world when it happens again. This time I saw the bolt, it appeared far ~ maybe five miles or so, but I felt it through my whole being.
My dad, a PhD in Biology, and his twin, a full time Doctor, are both convinced I was struck by lightning. Something about short leads and positive charges... and they both are convinced that I need get my heart and lungs checked out.
Anyone else have any experience with mild electric jolts or know of any stories of such things? There is surprisingly little noted about minor shocks and a whole plethora of literature on lightning derived electrocution.