Beginner’s Guide for Trekking on a Rainy Season

Kandungaw Peak

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:

  1. 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!

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You can actually search the weather on Google!

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.

  1. Prepare your rain gears

These are some of the basic rain gears you have to prepare:

  • Raincoats
  • Trekking Sandals or Waterproof Shoes
  • Fleece
  • Rain Cover for your Backpack
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This is actually a raincoat mainly for a motorcycle. However, this is also useable in the mountain 🙂

ALTERNATIVES:

  • 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.

 

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Dan Mencias (man on white sleeveless shirt) has his bag covered with a trash bag. (Photo by @wanderingsoulscamper)

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.
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Be careful not to slip off! (Photo by @wanderingsoulscamper)
  • 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. 🙂

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I was soaked up but look how I smiled! 🙂

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!

 

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  • Thank you!

  • This is such a big help for beginner’s like me. Thank you for sharing Chris.

  • Usahay in-una nako ug kapa-kapa akong kamot basig mabangga nya ko sa walay oras kay akong eyeglasses d na mklaro hahahaha! Thank you! Ug tinuod dili jud lalim

  • Hahaha kuyog lagi ta Lantoy

  • I have always wanted to do trekking but unlike you, I NEVER HAD THE COURAGE TO DO SO. I was always afraid of whatever may come my way. Thanks John for the dibs! 😉

    XO, SARAHLADEZA / http://www.sarahladeza.com

  • Rea

    You’re a super! Trekking is one thing but trekking while drizzling or raining is another. I’m not sure how I’d feel. I love the rain but I guess only in ideal situations like when I’m home and comfy. The leeches though – I cringe! HAHA. Di sad guro ko arte, paranoid lang! LOL

    • Try it sometime! It’s surely fun! Haha! Pero careful lang jud sa mga leechessss! Hahaha

  • thecherylf

    I really wanna try trekking. I always daydream adventures but never really had the chance to. Diving, yes. But trekking, no. Not yet. Trekking while raining is sure fun IF you have great companions, I believe. Else, for me it’s scary. No to leeches! I’m sure I’d freak out. Even by just seeing one.

    • I agree! Trekking and getting soaked up alone will like, for me lang ha, brings out the melancholic side of me. HAHAHA #drama.

      Maybe soon, you should try trekking! 🙂

  • Great tips! But we’d like to point out a few things:

    * Do not put salt or burn a leech. Doing so causes it to regurgitate the blood back into the wound. Remember that the blood is already in its guts, and it can be full of bacteria. Simply wait to for it to get full. Or if you really want to take it away, break the seal of its oral sucker by using your fingernail, the blade of a knife, or some other flat and blunt object.

    * Prevent fogging of glasses by rubbing Johnson and Johnson’s No-tears shampoo on both sides of the lens. Then rinse (but do not rub off) the shampoo. The slippery, oil-like film on the lens causes moisture to slide down.

    * Seals in Ziplock bags can be unreliable, especially if you don’t completely zip it close. We use small Lock n Lock boxes to store our electronics and valuables; they can’t be torn up, they act as armor, and they seal better than ziplocks..

    * We are not really advocates of wearing sweaters to keep warm in the rain. Once the fabric gets soaked, you will be colder than ever. We suggest you wear a rashguard then a poncho/raincoat/rain jacket over it. The rashguard simultaneously allows body heat to escape and cools your body. The poncho/raincoat/rain jacket prevents heat from escaping while protecting your body from moisture and wind gusts. Wear a dry sweater only when you are in a tent or in some other sheltered structure.

    Hope this helps. 🙂

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