Tips for Climbing Mountains in the Rainy Season – The rainy season is often an obstacle in a long vacation trip. During the rainy season, many accesses are closed and the roads are slippery. Then what about the soul of the climber who wants to keep climbing even though it is the rainy season? The following are tips for climbing mountains during the rainy season
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 are able to 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 polarguard, 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, climb the ‘tek-tok’ way or 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.
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3. Store your belongings in a dry bag
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.