Thursday, February 27, 2014
I've read many, many books about thru hiking the three major U.S. trails. While there may only be 7-10 rainy days on any given trail in the 5 months or so it takes to complete a thru hike, to hike in rain for any length of time is difficult to know how torturous it might be unless you have personally experienced hiking in the rain.
Getting out of a damp sleeping bag, putting on damp clothes and breaking camp in the rain only to head out for another 10-12 hours of hiking is not for this fair weather hiker. HOWEVER, today I was waiting for low tide at 3:31 PM and by the time I started my hike on Macklyn Cove Beach about 3:40 PM it had started to mist and within a short time it was raining hard. I was not going back in! I wore a long sleeve tee shirt and Capri length work out pants and over that I wore a wind suit with a hood. After 10 minutes or so, I was too toasty warm. In spite of the rain I pulled back the hood on my jacket. This helped and I was more comfortable walking a 20 minute pace alternating with a shuffle jog at a 17 minute pace.
I stayed out a total of 90 minutes and by the time I headed back up to the condo, pretty much all of my upper body was soaked to the skin. I started to feel a little chilly, put my hood back up and within 5 minutes I was at the condo door where I could get out of my wet clothes, take a hot shower and dress in warm pajamas and have a hot meal.
My experience today was nothing compared to thru hiking in the rain. Even though I think I would LOVE to thru hike the Pacific Crest Trail, I don't think I could make it through Washington State...that is if I even got that far. I would like to hear about your experiences of hiking, camping in the rain.
Oh, and by the way, I met my step goal and my goals for moderate and vigorous exercise for the day!