Are titanium trekking poles dangerous in a lightning storm? What do you recommend?Submitted by - Alan, Berkeley, CA
As is so often the case, no simple answer suffices. Here’s the basic truth: A lightning bolt descending from the sky is not attracted to a specific material that you’re holding. You’re just too small and far away. Lightning is attracted to height (the tallest thing around), location (the most isolated thing around), and shape (the pointiest thing around). Titanium trekking poles won’t change your odds—unless you’re standing on a high, isolated peak during a storm and holding one above your head.