Being an avid backpacker, camper, paddler and fisherman it's not a good thing to be afraid of. However even the forecast of possible thunderstorms is enough to have me on edge if I'm somewhere I won't be able to get quickly to safety.
I'm not so bad if I'm hiking deep in a forest when a T storm hits, I get sort of a rush out of that. But if I'm in an open field, walking on open ledges, on the water, above treeline, etc. I freak out.
I'm even worse in a tent. Every distant rumble gets my attention. Is that a jet, fireworks or a thunderstorm? If it's a thunderstorm is it coming this way? If it's coming this way how bad is it? Why did I buy a tent with aluminum poles? Is my stove and cook kit too close to the tent? Did I check thoroughly enough for dead overhanging branches and trees?
If a storm hits and I'm in a tent I react one of two ways, I put on rain gear and start walking, or I squat on my sleeping pad. The former almost became an issue when I walked out of our camp at 3 a.m. in the Adirondack wilderness, found my way to a trail and kept walking until the storm ended, only to realize I had no idea where our campsite was (it was a 150+ ft bushwack off the trail) and I neglected to bring a flashlight. In the latter case I feel silly squatting in fear while my wife (or friend) calmly eats, reads or snores away.
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