You may have undergone this scenario before as a hiker. It is sunny and breezy at the same time, giving you the perfect weather for an outdoor adventure. Then the surroundings become dim and a blanket of clouds conceals the sky. Moments later, it rains as if all the water in springs, rivers, and lakes evaporated and then poured on your head as droplets. Such drastic change in the weather can easily upset your mood. On the bright side, getting wet is still preferable to dealing with stomachache or sustaining a fracture. Yet you have to move cautiously as the trail is likely to be slippery, even perilous, during heavy rain.
Unless people have the technology to fully control the weather, all that you can do when it rains during a nature walk is to deal with it. Stay as dry as possible and remain safe in your hike through readiness, wit, and carefulness.
Stay Tuned to Weather Forecasts
Catch the weather portion of the television news a few days before the excursion. If your destination is in another country, watch the world news or check out meteorological forecasts on their government websites. One day before the hike, be sure to contact your acquaintances or (especially) guides in that area and ask whether it rained today and if there is a huge probability it will happen again tomorrow.
Learn More About the Trail
When making a call to people who reside near the location of your hike, remember to confirm the difficulty of the trail. Ask them how rough the paths are and how slippery they get when it is raining. Have a clear idea of how deep the streams or rivers you are going to cross. These bodies of water overflow with a raging current during a downpour. Also find out if there are landslide-prone spots along the trail. The more you know about the hiking destination, the better you can guarantee safety and comfort.
Gear Up for Rainy Weather
Don’t forget the rain poncho as you pack up stuff for the trek. This waterproof garment of synthetic material can be bought at outdoor, retail, and hardware stores. You may also improvise with a large trash bag. Cut slits to let your hands out and make a hole for your head. Most outdoor backpacks come with an attached rain cover to keep your things dry. If there is none, you can get a separate cover from an outdoor gear shop. As an alternative, wrap those same trash bags around your backpack. You may cut pieces and tie them together. It takes some ingenuity to make this work. Despite being commonplace, the trusty umbrella is not recommended out on the trail. You need both hands to grasp surfaces well and avoid mishaps.
Watch Your Step
It starts to rain in the middle of your hike and the way ahead becomes muddy and slippery. Be very careful as missing a step might result in injury and a slower pace. Don’t place your foot on moss-covered rocks. Avoid wet mud as well. Stick to the driest spots on the trail. Branches and trunks serve as natural handrails and help you stay on the move. Furthermore, be prepared for changes in the route as fast-flowing rivers or even landslides block your path.
You can’t do anything to stop the rain. However, you can cease from sulking and turn that frown into a smile. When hiking as a group, have an amusing and humorous chat. Cheer each other up at moments of difficulty. Wet weather should not dampen the mood too. After all, you are out there to be enthralled with nature and rain is also part of its beauty.