I know very few people who don’t check the weather forecast before they head out for a ride, let it be for the afternoon or an extended trip deep into the back country. Everyone loves to ride in the warm sun, even light snow attracts a lot of folks, but rain not so much. You look at that phone and the weather app says 100% chance of rain, most of us just stay home. Sometimes you don’t have that option, say you have packed in on that bucket list trip, took time off to do a little fishing in the back country, or there is a group of us that just work out there, going up and down those trails, rain or shine. The only thing worse than hard rain while sitting in that saddle for 10 hours is wind and rain for 10 hours. We all should be carrying some sort of rain gear, let it be a full-blown rain suit or a duster; but the best can only hold back Mother Nature for so long. The cold water slowly starts leaking in. It starts as a damp spot eventually you are totally drenched. Now you’re cold and wet, how do you get warm and dry?
In the fall I normally have a wall tent set up with a wood stove and can warm up and start drying out wet clothes, but in the summer standing under a blue tarp, things don’t dry out as fast. I always carry a change of clothes; that will help me to start warming up, but how does one dry out wet clothes and coats miles from the horse trailer when the rain just won’t stop? I always, no matter the length of the trip/ride have an extra pair of wool socks in a ziplock bag in one saddle bag and an extra pair of gloves packed in the other saddle bag dry socks and gloves go a long way!!! On a summer roving trip, where you have to get up early break camp and move on, that wet tent, even though it kept you dry last night, now that it is getting rolled up tight and stuffed into a stuff sack will be wet inside and out at the next camp. I shake that fly good and hard shedding most of the water and then wipe it down with a shami type towel to help absorb as much moisture as possible. Then, it’s the first thing I set up at the next camp hoping for as much dry time as possible. Wet and cold is a bad combo, and of course never leave home without matches and your favorite fire starter. This is a topic that come up over and over again, feel free to leave your tips from the trail that have helped you.
Stay warm and dry!
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