You Shouldn't Let the Rain Stop You from Hiking. Here's Why.

Get outside, even in "not so ideal" conditions.

By: Tanner Thompson + Save to a List

When we moved to Vancouver Island about a month ago it was still summer. We were pleasantly surprised at the amount of sunshine we were getting and the number of days that were "shorts weather". Getting outside was easy, and finding hikes and trails in a new city was a fun and exciting adventure. Well, fast forward to mid October and those days now exist in pictures because the overcast and cloudy days have set in and when you see a patch of blue sky we get overly excited because it's a rare occurrence, I would compare it to seeing rainbows in the prairies (it just brightens your day). However, just because the days are dreary, doesn't mean you have to mope around inside like a zoo lion. Here are five reasons to go on a hike in the rain.

1. You Have the Trail to Yourself

It may be rainy but you'll have no problem finding a parking spot. Popular tourist spot during the high season? Take all the pictures you want with no rush or fear of photobombs.

2. It Makes Old Hikes Feel New

If your losing interest on your favourite hike, try heading out in stormy weather. It'll be like hiking in a different season with faster flowing waterfalls, or vibrant, glistening colours.

3. It Adds an Extra Element

There is a risk factor involved when there is slippery surfaces and slick rocks to deal with. Always hike with someone in these cases your friendship can grow stronger when you get each other out of sticky or muddy situations and push each other along. As long as your not out of your element you'll surely be in it.

4. The Reward is Magnified

Even a 3km hike feels like you walked 10km, uphill both ways, when hiking in the rain, your jacket is completely soaked, your hair is wet, and you can't wait to get dry. The hot wine or meal afterwards makes it seem like it was well deserved even if it wasn't.

5. Your Pictures Will Look Awesome 

If you managed to keep your equipment dry, the photos from the day will be really cool. Misty clouds coming through the trees, the water reflecting off everything making it seem like a Lo-Fi Filter on Instagram in real life. You'll be sure to take home great memories and the pictures of braving the rain will be your reminder.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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