Don’t let bad weather hold you back:
Do dark clouds on the horizon or an unsettled weather forecast hold you back from your planned outing? Don’t let them.
City life, urban convenience, climate controlled work environments have all accustomed us to rely on steady, consistent, comfortably predictable and controllable spaces.
Life is not a set of constant, perfect, predictable conditions.
We believe that getting out there and practicing successful adaptability to various weather conditions in all sorts of interesting terrain is a transferable skill to all parts of life. “Roll the Dice” and get out there—it builds character. Turning around because of weather can be the smartest ultimate decision–but if you don’t go you won’t know!
We need to embrace Canada’s varied climate with its ever changing weather instead of allowing it to deter us. With the right gear and a good attitude, hiking in the rain can be a whole new adventure. This is nowhere quite so true as it is in the mountains. Hike there on a glorious day and your eyes are always drawn to the magnificent peaks. Hike there in light rain or low overcast and you will see beautiful terrain you have never paid attention to before as your eyes are drawn to the intermediate bands and the valley floors. They are those little pots of gold.
After all, there are no rainbows without a little rain.
Hiking in the driving rain can be an uncomfortable experience and even dangerous. Hiking in the mist or even a light rain can be a fresh, invigorating, even lovely time, as long as you stay warm and dry inside. (see Hypothermia and managing weather extremes) It’s all a matter of proper planning and preparation. Huge areas of British Columbia are covered with coastal rainforest where you must always expect and prepare for hiking in the rain. It is the reason for the beauty of the place. Beyond the predictability of the BC rainforests, you have to take a closer look at the conditions that will greet you. We always do some research, and more often than not we drive out to take a look before making a final decision.
Roll the Dice
Over the years we have observed that even when we “roll the dice” and go out anyway we end up either finding a dry spot to adventure, or with all the right gear we have a great time anyway. We might alter our timing to allow a weather system to roll through or opt to hike on the east slopes instead of the BC interior since the rain shadow effect of the Rockies tends to make the east side drier than areas further into the mountain ranges. (As wet systems get driven up and over the mountains during an easterly flow, the air cools and loses its rain as it approaches the peaks. Dropping down the other side, it warms and picks up moisture instead of laying it down. The most extreme form of this phenomenon gives rise to the Chinook).
Do some research. Get prepared.
Find the right spot and take the right gear. Don’t make hiking purgatory. Make every adventure out there satisfying and rewarding. Use the on-line trail reports. Some guidebooks include details on precipitation tendencies and general weather patterns for certain trails as well. Check out the ubiquitous mountain and highway weather cams to help make the right decisions. In other words, there is information everywhere and there is no excuse not to be ready. So just roll the dice.