6 Tips to Stay Happy When Its Wet on Trail
Check out WTA's tips that will help you stay happy and warm on those days when the sun isn't shining.
A wet day on trail brings out even the smallest of water features, transforming a trail into a waterfall-lined wonderland. But rain can make it a cold day in the Pacific Northwest. If showers are in the forecast, you'll want to pack these extra goodies in your bag to maximize your fun.
1. Line your pack
Maybe you've got a great pack cover, but if its been a while since you've waterproofed it, or the rain's really coming down, line your pack with a large trash bag. This extra layer of protection keeps water from soaking your dry gloves or lunch.
2. Pack your rain gear
This may seem obvious, but rain doesn't always meet you at the trailhead. Instead, it may show up midway through your day. If it's not raining when you reach the trailhead, stuff your raingear in your pack in case it starts to sprinkle. Just be sure it fits over your other clothes!
3. Have a sit pad
Sitting on cold or wet ground transfers a lot of body heat away from you, so bring something padded to sit on! Maybe you've got a camp chair, or a special seating pad. If not, a kneeling pad (found at most garden stores) serves the same purpose.
Bonus tip: On volunteer work parties, the pad will save your knees during the day if you are working low to the ground.
4. Bring a warm lunch
There's nothing like having something hot to eat when lunch rolls around on a drizzly day. That steaming thermos of soup or tea can make lunch especially enjoyable.
Refuel with a brothy soup (extra points for a shot of Sriracha as a spicy finish) or with a hearty stew. Just remember you've got to clean that soup out at the end of the day; bring it in a wide-mouth container so it's easier to clean up.
5. Stash an extra pair of gloves
Wet hands can get cold in a hurry. When you're hiking having a second set is great, in case the first get wet. On volunteer work parties, Atlas Therm-a-Fit gloves are snug enough to give you good dexterity and have rough rubber grips, but they might soak up water as you work. Bring an extra pair so when you peel off the first set at lunch, you can put on a new, dry pair afterwards.
Bonus tip for volunteers: Snag a box of latex gloves and bring a couple of pairs along. Put these on under your work gloves for an extra layer of water protection.
6. Pack a happy bag
There's nothing better than coming back to a car with a dry set of clothes. Pack comfy shoes for the ride back, cozy pants and a shirt, maybe even another thermos of cocoa to warm you up from the inside out.
Got other tips for successfully hiking in the rain? Share them in the comments below. Stay dry out there!