We asked Snackbar how he deals with rain on the AT—what rain gear does he wear? How does he keep his gear dry? How does he pack up wet gear? Here's what he had to say.
I carry the xtreme lite rain jacket from Froggtoggs. Although, I have found with most rain layers the lack of breathability makes it virtually impossible to hike for long periods of time without becoming completely drenched in sweat. Which kinda defeats the purpose of “staying dry”. Even on a trail like the A.T. which has a very wet hiking season I hardly used the jacket because of this. Only in temperatures where being wet would become a survival issue do I consider breaking out the jacket and hunkering down to wait it out.
As far as my backpack, I carry a waterproof pack made of EPX 200 fabric. I pack all important clothing and sleep items in waterproof dry-sacks within the pack and these two lines of defense have served me well enough even in prolonged, heavy rainfall.
My backpack has horizontal bottom/lower stretch mesh pockets that serve as a great spot for stuffing wet socks, clothing layers, and other wet gear items. Keeping them on the outside of the pack allows for quick access as soon as those sweet sun rays start to shine for the day. Find a nice clearing for a snack and lay all your wet items out to dry in what we hikers call a “yard sale”. This is a great way to spend a long lunch.
When setting up camp in the rain I try to make sure the area I’m setting up in is not on or near a heavy slope that would lead to my tent flooding. If the rain is accompanied by strong winds I also check the campsite for “widow-makers” (dead or damaged trees that could fall during the night)
Heading into the Presidentials and finishing off The Whites began with an incredible climb up The Webster Cliff Trail. Our weather window was perfect and the views in The Presidentials were spectacular.There is an excellent amount of trail systems throughout this section with lots of different route options. I’ll for sure need to hike in New Hampshire again.
A few days later we reached the 1800 mile mark. Heading into the White Mountains for our first 4,000 footer of the state. The climb up to Mt Moosilauke was grueling and we got our first taste of what it was going to be like hiking in the true north.
Near the end of Massachusetts (mile 1548) we crossed a road by a small farmhouse that provides an awesome Trail Stand stocked with cold drinks, snacks, and free Wi-Fi. A little over halfway through August we made it to Vermont and intersected with The Long Trail. Running the length of the state of Vermont, it is the...