Of course, it’s a good idea to look at the weather forecast before heading off into the wilderness. But even then you can be surprised by storms. Here are a few tips for you to respond to thunderstorms and reduce the risk of lightning.
1. Look for shelters
If possible, always look for a shelter. These are usually equipped with lightning conductors and therefore offer the best protection against lightning and other hazards in case of bad weather.
2. Avoid trees
A lightning always seeks the highest point to strike. Trees come naturally to him. An old motto is “Eichen shalt thou shalt shal thou shalt search” – but unfortunately can only be unmasked as false. It does not matter what kind of lightning it is. For a strong wind, branches or even whole trees can break and pose an additional danger.
3. Make small – Keep distance to each other
If you can not seek protection, make it small. Crouch down and hold your legs as close together as possible. This reduces the risk of being hit by indirect lightning strikes. Do not lay on the ground – that would give the stream much opportunity to flow through the body. If you are traveling in a group, you should keep distance to each other and spread out in the area.
4. Hopping instead of walking
As you walk, your legs create a “line” that invites the flow through you. When jumping (legs together), however, you have only one starting point and also separates again and again from the ground.
5. Search earth hollows
Pit holes or hollows can provide protection against thunderstorms, as you reduce your own height. So crouch down and wait for the thunderstorm.
6. Mobile phone, walking stick or bike away
Of course, everything metallic does conduct electricity better – so get away with it.
7. You’re safe in the car
Due to the nature of the car, one is safe in the car from a lightning strike. If it is parked in the immediate vicinity, it is worthwhile to seek protection there.
Finally some conversation. The American forestry worker Roy C. Sullivan was struck seven times during his life by lightning and was literally followed by thunderstorms. He did not die from a flash. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_C._Sullivan
We hope that with these tips we have helped you to be prepared for the next thunderstorm.
Here are some tips that we find helpful when the next hike is due. Just click through the image.
Natural hike with rewarding views
The ascent to Steineck begins on the forest road, after a short time past a hut to the junction Schrattenau with road map to Laudachsee. Straight ahead, past a barrier, to a excavation site at about 1000m altitude. We leave the forest road to the right, where narrow, steep paths lead in the forest.
After some time you cross the forest road and you reach on the northern flank the ridge at 1220 meters. It goes downhill for a moment. First, keep to the right, then left, through open terrain and shortly thereafter again reaches the forest to the ridge exit. There immediately sharp left and one already reaches the summit cross with a fantastic view.
Altitude: 113 m
Duration Time: ca. 30 Minutes
About 1km east of Ebensee our hike starts on a forest road on the right side of the stream to the Bücke which leads over the Rindbach.
For hikers it would go left on the road in the Rindbachtal.
Over the bridge on the right, then go over the steps and bridges on the forest road that leads to the destination.
Natural hike with rewarding views
The ascent to the small and also to the large Sonnstein is located after the first Geisswandtunnel in Traunkirchen, on the way to Ebensee.
On nice days, a very early arrival is recommended, as the parking situation could otherwise be a bit difficult.
The easy mountain hike starts at first via steps and then over a slightly ascending hiking trail. Which leads to a junction, which leads to the left and to the big Sonnstein on the right.
Due to the rocky slope you should bring vertigo. Shortly before the summit cross is a small hut, which offers drinks and snacks.
The Kaltenbachwildniswanderweg is a short, 50- to 80-minute hike at the foot of the Traunstein.
Starting from the Moeristidl snack bar at the end of the Gmundner Traunsteinstraße or the Seegasthof Hois’n, this tranquil natural jewel lies between Grünberg and the guardian of the Salzkammergut, the Traunstein.
Through a tunnel carved into the rock, the narrow path, often rope-secured, leads over bridges and steps to the eponymous Kaltenbach, which is often completely dried up in midsummer.
The imposing waterfalls are best seen after heavy rains or in spring, when the snowmelt has started and the water shoots down the mountain.
Between the starting point at 230 meters above sea level and the highest level at 650 meters, there are places and viewpoints that reward the hiker with a beautiful mountain and lake panorama. Via the Herlersteig trail and the Schobersteinstraße road you can finally reach the Traunsee Ostufer or the memorial of the Traunstein victims.
The Kaltenbachwildnis is a family-friendly round trip that leaves the visitor with the most beautiful impressions of the Traunsee and the upper Salzkammergut.
bathing Lake: use for free
length circular walk: app. 2 hours
At the foot of the Höllengebirge, 8 kilometers from Ebensee in the Salzkammergut are the front and rear Langbathsee.
Clear water in drinking water quality as well as the natural backdrop in a long basin attract visitors and locals to the shores in the summer and provide cooling off of crowded outdoor pools and swimming areas.
Traversed by hiking trails that lead you to the surrounding peaks of the Höllengebirge, the Langbathseenstreet leads from the center of Ebensee directly to the Langbathseen. Unmistakable on arrival is the imposing hunting lodge on the west bank, which was built by Kaiser Franz Josef for his hunting trips in the summery Salzkammergut
After a short cool down in the 1.1-kilometer-long and 33-meter-deep lake, you can reach the Langbathsee after a walk of 50 to 70 minutes over 60 meters in altitude. This extends over 600 meters and its deepest point is a good 13 feet below the water level. Due to the high biomass occurrence at the back Langbathsee this much less swimmers on and the nature enthusiastic hiker can still enjoy the quiet and tranquility of the original Salzkammergut in midsummer. Unobstructed and wildly romantic bathing places invite you to linger and marvel.
The circular route is also suitable for hikers and families with baby carriages. On the way back the wonderful “imperial” view of the Höllengebirge and the countless rest stops on the lakeshore of the circular hiking trail to settle again and enjoy the nature and the prevailing scenery.
The Wildensee is a mountain lake in the Totes Gebirge in the Salzkammergut. It is located at about 1535 meters above sea level in Styria at the foot of the Rinnerkogel. The lake has its name, therefore, that the region in the Inner Totes Gebirge was formerly hunt-free, and therefore was called “wild”.
For the ascent to the Wildensee you start at the lower Offensee over the Rinnerhütte. You should take some time for this trip. The climb takes about three hours. However, the effort is more than rewarded with fantastic views of the mountains in the Alps.
On steep rocks, high above the Tiessenbachtal in the Upper Austrian Almtal wakes the castle ruins Scharnstein, of which the place below has its name. Over 260 steps, past the beaten in the rock Wagner chapel, or something easier on the existing forest roads to reach the more than 500 meters above sea level castle ruins. The Höhenburg, which was first mentioned in the 12th century, offers a wonderful panorama over the Tiessenbachtal out into the Almtal up to Pettenbach.
Originally to reach over a drawbridge over the moat and surrounded by loopholes interspersed walls, the remains extend to a good 4500 m². Built by the Count of Rebgau and with several changes of ownership in the coming years, eventually acquired by the later Emperor Maximilian I in 1499, the castle on rocky terrain in the Almtal. After this 1538 “because of carelessness” completely burned down let read the ruin dilapidated and began the construction of the castle Neuscharnstein in the center of the same named place. Since 1626, like the surrounding forests, the castle ruins belong to the possession of the Benedictine Abbey Kremsmünster and is cared for by the cultural and Heimatverein Scharnstein. At the end of the 18th century, the ruin was used as a quarry to build houses in the valley, and it was not until 1960 that the restoration of the remaining walls began.
The castle ruins Scharnstein is freely accessible year-round and invites visitors and hikers to experience a history.