The Rain of 2017!!!!
So, if it’s Thursday, or any other day in 2017 and you’re in Ontario, yes, it is probably raining? but we are and we want to camp, so what to do??!! Well don’t stay at home that’s for sure. Our Eco system has an entirely different life when there is lots of rain, it is varied and plentiful. “But I might get wet?? 🙁 So, I like to camp but I am not an expert on camping in the rain, here are some ideas from someone who is;
Camping in the rain!!! Yes, you can.
Be positive and mentally prepared for the challenge. It is not supposed to be like staying home, you are “roughing it!!”
Take tarps: The first key to a successful rainy camp is to know how to pitch tarp shelters. You may have great tents or trailers, but nobody wants to sit in one all day to stay dry, after all you came camping to be outside. Pitch a main tarp over the picnic table for a dining/games area, and another as a place to sit and read. And if you have the space a multitude of smaller tarp shelters around camp can allow the kids to have their own, and the adults to be able sit around and talk. Pitch the tarps first thing.
Use plastic bags: Always pack gear and clothing in various sizes of plastic bags. Large trash bags and heavy zip locks allow you to cover just about anything. The 2 ½ gallon ones are particularly useful. Be sure your storage gear is water resistant, and has a cover, so just about everything has two layers of waterproofing.
Rain gear: You can choose between a poncho or rain jacket and pants, but they must be good quality. A cheap set is wasted money and you’ll regret pinching pennies. A poncho while hiking in the rain is better because it releases water vapor generated from sweating. But a rain suit is better if you are sitting in a boat or a canoe.
Dress correctly: No cotton. Once it gets wet, it stays cold and clammy. Instead, layer lightweight nylon clothing and synthetic underwear in the warmer months and switch to wool and polypropylene in the fall.
Stay warm: Even in the summer, an overcast, rainy day can be uncomfortably cold and possibly dangerous. Standard clothing for any time of year starts with a set of polypropylene underwear. It wicks away moisture and is a great start toward staying comfortable.
Choose the right sleeping bag. Down is worthless when wet, and can be very hard to dry out. A good synthetic bag is best.
Campfire containment: A campfire can make a rainy campsite fun. But make sure it’s safe, and that it won’t spread. Make sure your tarp over it is a minimum of seven or eight feet high. Have a pail of water or an extinguisher close by.
Pack morale builders: Reading a good book by lantern light under a tarp in the rain is time well spent. A deck of cards or some sort of board game can also go over really well. Think about this: You have an opportunity to bond with other family members and hang out.
Lastly, enjoy the experience: If you’ve prepared for wet weather, you won’t be uncomfortable. If you are camping, hiking or canoeing, haul out the rain gear when rain threatens – don’t wait for the water to fall. Stay prepared for rain. It is the coldest, wettest, most challenging outings you will remember most fondly.
Rain doesn’t ruin an outdoor adventure – it is part of a greater experience. Life is too short to choose an afternoon in front of the TV over being outside – don’t let a little rain spoil your outing.
NOTE: Exerts of this blog are taken from the writings of Leon Pantenburg, wilderness enthusiast, and expert survivalist.
The Rain of 2017!!!!