Hiking in the Rain

Why You Should Hike in The Rain

If you only hike on days when there’s zero percent chance of rain, you aren’t going to do much hiking. Sooner or later, you are going to get soaked through-and-through on a hike.

Your best defense isn’t expensive gear, but learning how to stay healthy and safe when you get wet. You can only gain this experience by hiking in the rain, which is why you want to practice it close to home before you need to rely on it in more challenging or dangerous conditions.

1. Rain gear will not keep you dry in 100% humidity. It will help keep you warm however, as long as you keep moving and generating body heat.

2. Wear hiking footwear that drains fast and dries quickly. Avoid shoes with a waterproof liner because they take a very long time to dry when they get wet. Mesh drains quickly and dries fast. Leather dries the slowest.

3. Prevent chafing. Wear long synthetic or wool boxer jocks. Carry zinc oxide to sooth irritated skin between your legs and butt cheeks.

4. Lubricate your feet with vaseline to make them slippery and prevent rubbing in your shoes, which can lead to blisters. Leukotape also helps prevent friction which can lead to blisters.

5. If you are backpacking, let your feet dry completely out at night.

6. It’s possible to get hypothermia in surprisingly warm weather. Learn to recognize the early signs of hypothermia in yourself and your companions, such as the umbles (mumbles, stumbles, fumbles, and grumbles). Stay well hydrated. Keep moving and eating.

7. Wear a few layers in cooler weather, especially if the DWR on your rain gear has worn away or you are only wearing a base layer under a rain jacket and it’s soaked. Adding a mid-layer will prevent the cold from conducting from your rain jacket to your skin.

8. A billed cap will keep rain off of your glasses or out of your face.

9 If you use hiking poles, attach them to your pack in cool weather so you can put your hands in your pockets to keep them warm.


How to Choose the Right Raingear for Backpacking

I prefer to use a full-zippered rain jacket and a pair of rain pants when traveling in the mountains. In the tropics, where it rains virtually every afternoon, I have used only the jacket as I hiked along, unzipping it if I got too warm, and letting my bare legs get drenched. However, this could be dangerous in the mountains. Cover up completely with rain pants, and consider using gaiters if your boots are not waterproof. Otherwise, you could get quite cold and even hypothermic.

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