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Making The Most Of Hiking In The Rain (5 Top Tips)

by | Jan 22, 2017 | Hiking Tips | 0 comments

Live in the UK?  Then at some point you’ll find yourself hiking in the rain.  It’s that simple.

But hiking in the rain is not something that should be ruled out and on some trails it can actually add an extra element to the adventure.

With the proper planning and a little bit of thought, there’s no reason not to get out there.  Here are our best tips to make the most of it.

Hiking in the Rain Tips

Dress for success

Waterproofing goes without saying, but that only stops the water coming in. Breathability is just as important or you will soon find yourself getting wet from the inside out.  When you’re hiking in the rain, all of the sweat and heat needs a way to escape.

Ensure your base layer will wick the sweat away.  Look for anything built as active gear and avoid cotton.

For your outer layer, Goretex is your answer.  Waterproof, lightweight and breathable, it keeps the water out and allows moisture to escape.

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Choose your trail wisely

Battling up to a summit for a breathtaking view of nothing but grey clouds is miserable.  Head for the cover of a forest trail instead.  The forest comes alive in the rain and the canopy shield you from the worst of the weather.  This really is the place to escape everything. For safety reasons, avoid cliffs and drops, which are even more perilous when slippy.

Pro tip – finish the hike at a pub with an open fire.

Bag

Waterproof that bag. Pack your extra layers, sleeping bags and anything you don’t need quick access to in a dry bag (bin bag, ikea bag etc.) before packing inside your pack. Minimise the amount of time your bag is open by packing essential items at the top of your pack. Waterproof the entire pack with an additional raincover; these are both cheap and lightweight.

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Keep your feet dry

Hiking with wet feet is horrible. Invest in a pair of waterproof shoes and if in extreme conditions combine with a pair of gaiters.  Avoid river crossings on rainy days as you will be unable to dry your feet post crossing.  The extra water will also make your crossing more dangerous.

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Quick and Easy Snacks

Packing easy to eat snacks such as sandwiches, bananas or cereal bars allows you to take on calories quickly on the move. If the heavens open at night and you can’t face a pre-bedtime soaking, it’s good to have options. By packing some food which doesnt’ require cooking you are able to leave the stove in your pack.

Sources
www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/climate

What are your tips for hiking in the rain? Share them below.


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Strategy consultant by week, explorer by weekend. His first ever hike was a 9 day thru-hike at Torres del Paine and it was love at first hike. He now sleeps better in a tent than a bed. He would rather drive for 2 hours down a country lane than sit for 2 minutes in traffic. He has been known to lead driving safaris in areas without wildlife with a Justin Bieber soundtrack.

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