Most of us have had to hike in bad weather at one time or another, on day hikes or backpacking trips.
While there have been plenty of times when I’ve cancelled a day hike or postponed it do to bad weather, I’ve also be forced to deal with pop-up thunderstorms and violent rain that we not forecasted and unavoidable. Backpacking trips are no different, especially when you’ve been out for a few days without access to an updated weather forecast, and a new weather front blows through that you weren’t expecting.
Looking back over all the hikes I’ve done over the years, the worst weather I’ve ever experienced was the first time I hiked the 100 Mile Wilderness in Maine and encountered 6 inches of rain in just a few days. It was worse than sketchy. The streams were overflowing and dangerous to cross on foot, the trails in the section of Maine were underwater, the floor of my tent got flooded out one night and all of my gear was soaking wet. I should have just stopped and hung out for a day in a shelter, but I kept on hiking north through it all because I was worried about running out of food.
What’s the worst weather you’ve ever hiked in?
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