As a brand that's passionate about hiking, each year we anticipate a warm and pleasant summer in the UK and quite often we are left feeling rather disappointed. The hiking weather reports sound optimistic for the months leading up to summer and we often start to feel positive that this summer could be good for the UK. However, with the 2010 summer nearing to a close already, we find ourselves questioning when we will actually have some decent hiking weather here in the UK.
The optimum hiking weather is not about beating hot sun scorching your skin; it's quite simply a pleasant, warm and dry day. Hiking in hot weather is not a good idea as people can become dehydrated and the heat means our bodies have to work harder to be able to climb that hill or mountain. All the UK really wants is a month or two of great sunny weather that's perfect for hikers, but it seems 2010 is a wash-out already.
June started off well - there were some glorious sunny days during this month and then by the time July and August came, we did wonder where the pleasant weather had gone. For hikers, good hiking weather is essential and unless the rest of August holds some sunshine surprises, it's looking like we are on track for another wet few weeks leading us into autumn.
We can't predict the weather and for hikers it's even harder. Hikers plan their expeditions a good few weeks in advance and it really comes down to just 'hoping' that there won't be any bad weather that they have to contend with. Kitting yourself out with the right clothing helps, but most people would agree that a few weeks of really good hiking weather is just what the UK needs this year. Still, we can't count on it and more hikers are feeling like they should abandon their hiking trips this year because of the poor weather we have had so far. Our advice is to stay positive and head on out in your ion-mask boots; then you'll be prepared for any sort of hiking weather!