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Whether you're a beginner or intermediate, with the right equipment, good preparation and a positive mindset, hiking in the rain can be a real pleasure for 7 main reasons.
Before setting off on a hike, always check the weather forecast before leaving.
Don't just limit yourself to the weather on your favourite TV channel or generalist website. We recommend you look in more detail and check the temperatures, the risks of lightning, landslide or anything else specific to the terrain you'll be crossing.
The rain empties the trails, so you may not meet anyone and be able to enjoy your hike with a feeling of real exclusivity and tranquillity. A little silence and lots of patience may enable you to meet animals you don't usually see.
However, make sure you're clued up with the signs and map and compass reading as you may not come across any other hikers if you get lost. Also, always tell someone you're going hiking, telling them where and for how long.
Despite being called negative ions, which can be misleading, they are actually very good for us.
The rain is full of them, and all the better for it! They help refresh the air, and help to reduce asthma and chronic fatigue. So the next time you go out to take a good breath of fresh air, wait until it rains to get all the benefits.
The rain is an extraordinary sensory experience. While its noise helps some to sleep, its smell is also beyond compare.
If you're walking through the woods, the grass looks greener, the smell of the trees and plants is sharper and even the sound of the streams formed by the rain and the little waterfalls it creates appear more intense.
To enjoy it all while keeping your feet dry, don't forget your over-trousers and gaiters. Indeed, even if your boots are waterproof, water can run off the grass and into your boots by running down your legs.
You'll also have a better chance of seeing wild animals. From snails to salamanders and frogs, everybody should find something to their taste.
We're all just big kids and a rainbow always brightens up the day. But without rain, there are no rainbows.
There is another reason to go out even when the weather doesn't seem ideal.
Classic but effective, puddles always appeal to young ones.
But be careful to watch where they're going, to make sure they don't slip on muddy ground. Also make sure you kit them out well to prevent water from entering their shoes or boots.
With 330 days of sunshine per year on average with an average of 11 hours per day, Yuma is the sunniest town on the planet according to Guinness Book of Records.
Alas, you don't live there, though. But even though your region experiences lots of rainy days, it would be a shame not to enjoy the clean air and magnificent views near where you live due to a light shower.
It's exactly the same if you go on holiday where it rains.
A hot chocolate and a warm bath on your return is to a hike what raclette by the fire is to skiing. So after a hike in the rain, use this time to prepare for your next outing and why not dream of hiking in distant landscapes or just go and explore the paths of your local area. In any case, you'll always find a great new hike to do soon.