“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad equipment.” Yes, we’ve all heard that one before. But what else do you need to know when you’re either planning to walk in bad weather, or you simply get caught out by some? We’ve gathered together a few tips for both walking and camping in rough stuff that could prove essential
Walking in bad weather
 Pack clothes appropriate for the conditions and make sure they work – intermittently refresh the DWR on your waterproofs.
 Carry an emergency shelter
 Protect the contents of your pack with waterproof drybags
 Let somebody know you’re going
 Protect your map and mobile phone in waterproof cases
 Take back-up navigation equipment in case yours falls or blows away
 Steer clear of exposed ridges and cliffs
 Consider staying low level and on familiar terrain
 If possible, walk in company
 Avoid having to cross streams that may be in spate
 Plan your route to finish in a nice warm pub!
Camping in bad weather
 Understand the limitations of your tent
 Practise pitching it in calm conditions so you know you can do it swiftly
 Be prepared to keep on walking until you find a suitably sheltered site
 Make sure you’re not camping under a tree that’s at risk of blowing over a hollow that could flood
 Pitch with the back end of the tent facing into the wind
 Ensure pegs are pushed right into the ground and are angled away from the tent
 Check all your guylines to make sure they’re tight and the tent is stable. Check again and adjust before going to sleep
 Store all wet items in the porch rather than the main tent
 Collect water when you arrive so you don’t need to go out for it later
 If snow falls, clear it by shaking or banging the walls or, if necessary, by leaving the tent. Ensure that if it mounts around the tent, there is ventilation higher up.