How To Hike Safely In The Rain
Posted by SUMMER YANG
You know what they say… “Don’t hike during the rain. It’s dangerous!” And we’re not downplaying this. Hiking in the rain is definitely risky and it's never safe for even the most experienced hikers. But if you're a hiker that is an adventurer at heart just like us, why let the rain stop you from your next big adventure?
A little challenge never stops us from getting out there! But of course, safety first. Let’s gear up and write this down because we’re going to tackle how to hike safely even when it rains! For beginners and even, experts!
Before the Hike…
It’s better safer than never to be extra ready for a rainy hike. So, we created a checklist of things you need to do before a hike to prepare for the rain. Let’s get into it!
Check the Weather Forecast
If you’re planning for a hike right now, go check the weather forecast immediately because that’s the first thing you should do! This makes it easier for you to select a date that is sunny and clear from rain. But as you know, the weather forecast is not 100% accurate all the time. So, we recommend checking the weather forecast again, one day before the hike - just to make sure!
No matter if the weather forecast says it’s sunny all day long, it’s never a harm to bring your rain cover and rainwear just in case. Most rain protectors are made light and easy to bring on your hike, so don’t worry about the burden it’s gonna be because it’s probably a great backup for emergencies.
Spare Socks and Undergarments
If it’s a heavy pour, your clothing may still get wet, even if you got your rain protection on. Packing spare socks and undergarments would prevent you from getting sick and cold once your hike has ended. Take care of your body and stay healthy to conquer your next quest!
Waterproof To Protect
Once you got yourself covered with rain protectors, it’s time to protect your belongings. Keep your personal items in a waterproof bag that is comfortable to carry while still able to get you through rough weather. We definitely recommend our Hypergear Hiking Backpacks and other lighter bags for your next hike! It’s roll-up technology makes sure rain does not damage your electronics and it’s definitely stylish in front of the camera!
Check Your Shoes
Your shoes play a big part in your experience in your hike, and more importantly, your safety. While running shoes or sport shoes can be used for hiking, it is safer to get yourself a hiking shoe that prevents slips and falls better than other types of shoes. Before your hike, check even the smallest details. Check your shoe’s grip, if it’s worn out and even if your shoelaces are undone. If your shoe may be dangerous for your hike, it’s better to not hike at all.
During the Hike…
Imagine this. You got ready for the hike and then, BOOM! It started raining halfway up. What do you do? First, don’t panic and follow these two steps.
#1 Seek Shelter
If the rain is getting heavier or there’s thunder, look around and quickly find a shelter. Many tourist hiking hills would have small gazebo along the hiking trail for a rainy situation. Do not seek shelter under a tree as lightning could strike and may cause death if stood too near. If there’s no visible shelter nearby, it’s best to turn back and leave the hike as soon and as safely as possible.
#2 Check For Safe Structures
Not all gazebo would be safe, especially the ones that are poorly made. So, make sure to be aware of what is safe and what is not when seeking for a shelter. If it’s not safe anywhere, again, leave the hike as soon and as safely as possible.
Never Do These….
You need to take immediate action once it starts to rain during your hike. But there are also actions that you should never do and avoid at all cost.
Never: Stand in Open Areas
You must not stand in open areas when it starts to thunder. By being the tallest object in the area, you will become the target of a lightning strike, which is deadly. Find a safe structure and take shelter.
Never: Stand in Water Areas
Water sources such as canyons and rivers are a big no-no when it comes to hiking in the rain. These are potential flash-flood areas and will become increasingly dangerous as the current quickens and water level rises at fast speed. Water is also a good electricity conductor which increases your chance to get hit by the lightning. So, avoid these areas!
Never: Touch Metal Objects
Apart from water, metals are also good electrical conductors. During the rain, metal objects would be charged with electrical ions. By touching them, you might be electrocuted and shocked. Of course, you may even get hit by lightning.
Being adventurists like we are, challenges and risks will never not be absent in our adventures! So, come on Hypers! Let’s go and conquer every adventure bravely and safely! For more articles like this, sign up for our email newsletter!