The rainy season is often a challenge for those who like to climb mountains. During the rainy season, climbing activities become increasingly difficult, because the terrain is increasingly slippery and the weather is not friendly.
Especially for beginners, climbing mountains during the rainy season is even more dangerous if not done properly. Well, for those of you who want to climb during the rainy season, try applying the following tips to keep climbing safe and comfortable!
1. Use proper layering
The right layering will keep the body warm during the climb, especially during the rainy season. Generally, layering consists of three parts, namely the base layer, the insulating layer (the middle layer), and the shell layer (the outermost layer).
The base layer is the part that is in direct contact with the skin. This section functions to maintain a stable body temperature, even when facing extreme temperature changes.
The recommended material is polyester or synthetic. These materials can absorb sweat well and help sweat move to the next layer.
Next, there is the insulating layer that functions to regulate humidity. Choose a material with high flexibility, such as polar guard, fleece, or down. Finally, there is a shell layer that serves to protect the body from bad weather, such as rain or strong winds.
This section is very crucial because it also serves to protect the previous two sections. For this section, choose clothing materials with waterproof, windproof, and breathable capabilities.
2. If possible, don’t need to set up a tent
Camping in the mountains when the rainfall is high will feel very inconvenient and uncomfortable. If possible, go straight down without having to stay overnight.
You can choose mountains with relatively short hiking trails, such as Mount Andong, Mount Merapi, and Mount Prau in Central Java, or Mount Batur on the island of Bali.
3. Store your belongings in a dry bag
A dry bag is a waterproof bag that serves to protect your belongings from wet conditions while climbing. Put all your belongings in a dry bag before putting them in the carrier.
For the cheap version, you can use a trash bag instead of a dry bag. The function is the same, namely to keep the luggage from getting wet.
4. Use gaiters
Gaiters serve to protect the ankle from the top so that water, mud, or sand does not enter the shoe.
Of course, it will be very inconvenient if the inside of your shoes gets mud. If you have more budget, there’s nothing wrong with buying gaiters.
5. Choose clothes with quick-dry ability
T-shirts or pants with quick-dry materials can be the right choice for hiking during the rainy season. Besides being light and easy to carry, clothes with this capability can also dry quickly, thereby reducing the risk of developing hypothermia.
How about you, ready to climb?