Trekking is risky, and even more during the rainy season. Face the truth, accidents related to adventure is higher when it rains or during a storm. We can’t tell time but being prepared gives the edge for a better experience.
I’ve been to several treks that the heavy rain showered. I had my struggles especially as a beginner and I’m not even fully equipped! I tried getting soaked up, my things got wet, my eyes can’t clearly see because of foggy eyeglasses, got slid off many times and even slept wet. Courage and determination were my keys on conquering these challenges throughout the rainy adventure. Experience was my learning instrument and here are some of the tips I would like to share:
Know the weather and research the trail
There are several weather apps available online like Accuweather, Weather app, and even Google Search. Check the weather and re-plan your trek if there will be a typhoon on that day. If the weather is fine but with some rain showers, that is fine but you have to prepare!
Most importantly, research the trail class and mountain you will be going. You should be aware if you’ll be doing a river or a terrain trek. Advise – don’t pursue on a river trek if the rain is too heavy. The strong current of the river might cause unwanted accidents.
Prepare your rain gears
These are some of the basic rain gears you have to prepare:
- Trekking Sandals or Waterproof Shoes
- Rain Cover for your Backpack
- You may use an umbrella if you don’t have a raincoat. But one thing, it would be more difficult to trek if you’re bringing one. Trekking should be AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE be hands-free for better trekking control and experience.
- Waterproof shoes can be expensive. Some of us just use the regular trekking shoes and just let it be wet then we will let it dry when reaching the campsite. But what might happen is your feet gets soaked up inside and will cause bad odor. Solution – You may wrap your feet with plastic and make sure to tie to prevent water from getting in before wearing the shoe.
- You may also wear trekking sandals. They are easy to dry and your feet won’t smell bad, but you have to be EXTRA CAREFUL with the trail. You might step some thorny vines or might get wounds.
- There are fleeces especially aren’t for mountaineering that tends to be bulky and costly. Solution – You can wear sweaters or long sleeves to keep you warm.
- Bring Emergency/Thermal Blankets if in case if you get so cold before getting worse. This will keep you warm and comfortable aside from the earth pad and sleeping bag in the camp.
- If you don’t have rain cover for your backpack, you can always use a trash bag to cover the entire bag. Just make a small hole for the straps.
Waterproof your things
- If you don’t have a waterproof bag because of its cost, use a trash bag! Place all your items inside a trash bag before placing inside your backpack
- Zip locks! are very useful for gadgets and small things but make sure to place them somewhere in the bag that water could not get in.
During the trek
- Always be mindful and careful of the trail! Don’t run! You don’t want to slide off shocked and get hurt.
- Be careful with cliffs, mud and rocks. They are slippery. Take it slow and extra-careful when descending on a steep trail, else, you might roll over.
- Be aware of leeches, they might get inside your ears, eyes or somewhere else! If you found one sucking on your blood on legs or arms, that’s partially okay. They will just fall off when they are full. But if you don’t want them, you can light them out with a help of a friend or you can strike them away with your fingers. You may also use salt to remove them.
- For trekkers who wear eyeglasses, yes, it is really inconvenient because of the rain drops that keeps the lenses foggy and drippy. We may wish for a wiper but who would manufacture? Haha! I think the foggy and drippy effect of the lenses would be MINIMIZED if you wear a cap that would partially cover the raindrops from falling directly on your face.
Indeed, going out for trekking during Rainy season is DANGEROUS. There are higher risks of these kinds of adventure when the weather is bad or even worse. Better planning and getting prepared at all times is the key. Expect the unexpected! There may be uncontrollable events but at least we are geared up for extremes.
This is not the ultimate guide for trekking under the rain, rather a beginner’s guide for those who wish to start trekking and be with the mountains but are afraid and hesitant to go because of the bad weather. Feel free to add more tips by commenting on the Comment Section below. 🙂
Above all, enjoy the adventure and get the most out of it. Don’t take the bad weather as an omen that you’re trekking experience is doomed. It’s just a bad weather, not a bad life. Personally, I think trekking while getting soaked under the rain is fun! It’s like you are just a kid playing around and dancing in the rain!
Have a safe and fun trekkersperience!
P.S. I don’t have many photos for this because I don’t have a waterproof camera. HAHA!