Mountain Sides

Taylor Mountain on Teton Pass is a popular place to hike, but like all places outdoors, it’s not immune to lightning strikes. Columnist Molly Absolon had a scare during an August afternoon hike when thunder rumbled in the skies.

I did a lot of things wrong the other day. First, I began hiking up Mount Taylor, west of Teton Pass, after lunch. Not exactly an alpine start designed to avoid afternoon thunderstorms.

Second, I chose to ascend the south ridge, which is pretty much straight up, and was so focused on my feet that I neglected to watch the clouds building up behind me.

Molly Absolon writes in this space every other week. Contact her via

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ashleigh hillary

Great article!

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