Conway Summit one of my favorite areas during the fall! View at the US395 scenic pullout for Mono Lake just south of the summit is one of the best in the state, especially at dawn between October and February when the sun rises over Mono allowing wonderful dawn skiers.
Interesting comment on remote sites being damaged by lightning. Not something I had heard about. Turned up this page with a search. http://www.ospmag.com/issue/article/web ... mote-sites
The last 5 years I have been repairing business phone system media gateway switches that run across Ethernet LANs. Most models have multiple connections for older POTS analog phones that connect up to all manner of telephone lines. And of course lightning often hits telephone lines, especially those connecting for miles sticking up high atop telephone poles. Thus I see lots of switches that have had lightning damage which sometimes causes rather spectacular visible damage with gnarly black charred remains though more often the overvoltages by time they reach our equipment merely destroys semiconductor integrated circuits internally. So lots of interesting electronic troubleshooting for this old electronic tech.
Thus within the telecommunications industry there has been a long term battle against lightning damage with lots of engineering continually coming up with better system designs and protection devices to survive strikes. Would expect the current issues with remote sites, particular all the recent CDEC sites will if they are being zapped, be solved in near future. I'm guessing solutions will include hauling up some lengths of heavy guage wire by packer horses to encircle remote equipment boxes thus allowing lightning strike ground currents to dissipate into the ground nearby. They already have usual wires atop the boxes going down to the ground for lightning that directly strikes at the top from the sky just like buildings anywhere. Trouble is if they just stick some metal stake in the ground right at the equipment shed, that may still have high resistance to the rest of the nearby terrain.