"My right side, my left shoulder my neck and my head (all hurt)," said Egglestom.
He has various tubes pumping medication into his body, but the Boulder resident still feels pretty lucky.
"Yes, I'm super grateful that I'm alive," said Egglestom.
The reason he feels so fortunate under these circumstances is that he was struck in the head by lightning just a few days ago.
"(It) hit my head and they say it came out right by my eye," said Egglestom.
Egglestom and his girlfriend Jamie Willett were climbing to the summit of Mount Elbert near Leadville. For Egglestom, it was the first time he ever tried to climb a mountain.
After a late start, the couple finally reached the summit around 2 in the afternoon. That is when they noticed dark clouds rolling in.
"(It was) lightning, storming, hailing, raining," said Egglestom.
The couple ran for the tree line, but before they could make it, Egglestom was hit by a bolt of lightning.
"I saw him and he was just lying there and I ran to him, he sat up and asked what happened and I said we got hit," said Willett.
Egglestom's luck continued. Not only did he survive the strike, but there just happened to be a doctor from Aspen hiking nearby. He helped treat Justin and carry him off the mountain.
"I think God was definitely there helping us out, because I don't know what would have happened without the doctor," said Willett.
Emergency responders like Brandon Williams with the Lake Dillon Fire Department warn that in situations like that, when tree cover or shelter is not quickly available, your best bet is to get low and wait out the storm.
"You want to make the smallest target possible to. If you can, get on the balls of your feet, put your head between your knees and put your hands over your ears," said Williams.
The other rule is to stay off high mountain peaks in the afternoon during the summer.
"You can set your watch to it. About 3 or 4 in the afternoon those thunderstorms roll in," said Williams.
It is a lesson Egglestom has learned
"I'll definitely not be coming down any mountains at 3 o'clock," he said.
Although he is sore and has some muscle damage, he is alive and doctors say he should make a full recovery.
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