Stay Dry in a Down­pour

Don’t let the weather rain on your pa­rade. Main­tain com­fort and safety with these tips.

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1) Check your sys­tem. Your hood should snug down tight enough to seal out wind­blown rain, and your jacket’s hem should ex­tend well be­low your waist. Make sure cinch­ing your hip­belt or bend­ing over doesn’t ex­pose a gap.

2) Pro­tect your feet. Re­seal your boots be­fore the trip, and wear water­proof gaiters un­der your rain­pants.

3) Seal your sleeves. Hard rain can sneak in at your wrists. Shorten your trekking poles so your fore­arms an­gle down­ward, and avoid hook­ing your thumbs around your pack straps. Tuck base­layer cuffs un­der your shell to keep them from wick­ing wa­ter up­ward.

4) Keep gear dry. Use a pack liner (or trash com­pactor bag) and/or water­proof stuff­sacks. Add a pack cover to keep wa­ter weight down.

5) Avoid over­heat­ing. Even in cold temps, you’ll sweat while work­ing hard in a water­proof jacket. Wear only a light base­layer un­der your shell and mod­er­ate your pace to stay cool.

6) Carry an um­brella. There’s no bet­ter or more breath­able pro­tec­tion (un­less it’s re­ally windy). Rig it to your pack with a stick and duct tape.

7) Be re­al­is­tic. Af­ter con­sec­u­tive days of hard, steady rain, get­ting wet is in­evitable. Hike in your damp clothes, and save dry stuff for camp.

Low arms mean dry sleeves. Pic­tured: In­dian Peaks Wilder­ness, CO.

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