This remains the main challenge for hikers due to its unpredictable nature. You never know when the next snow storm will strike, especially up the mountains. Nevertheless, no one wants to interrupt their hike due to bad weather. This is why it is advisable to check the weather forecast and always carry these important items.
Raincoat , over-pants, rainproof bag covers, waterproof jacket or ponchos, and possibly gaiters to help you in case of rainy weather.
2. IMPROPER GEAR
Hiking can be very challenging when it’s done in the wrong gear. For example, hiking in jeans could cause abrasions due to friction, wrongly sized shoes may give you blisters or worse, using your trainers will not provide the grip you require, low shoes do not provide necessary ankle support, permeable shoes will soak your feet and get you cold in rainy weather, among others.
It’s imperative that you have the following: Preferably get a POLYESTER top. These are quick-drying, breathable and they wick the sweat away from your body. Quick-drying pants could be the most ideal because they protect you from cold-related diseases like hypothermia. Windproof jackets are also important to retain optimum body temperatures on a windy day. For shoes, you need all-weather boots due to the unpredictability of the weather. Hats/caps, sunglasses, and sunscreens also come in handy to shield you from direct sun rays, wind, and blizzards.
3. WRONG CHOICE OF STARTING POINT/LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Many people will have a hard time on their first hike for failing to consider their ability vs the difficulty of the terrain. To avoid disappointments, undue injury, and hating the outdoors all together, there is need for GRADUAL PROGRESSION from easy trails like ;KARURA, OLOOLUA etc, to hills like NGONG, CHYULU HILLS among others, followed by more difficult terrains such Mt. LONGONOT, ABERDARES then proceed to the likes of Mt. KENYA and Mt. KILIMANJARO.
Finally, you need a day pack with the right kind of back support for spine and well-padded shoulder straps protection and waist strap to distribute the weight between your shoulders and waist. Always make sure your straps are well adjusted for optimum comfort. The day pack will carry your: water, trail food/ bites, warm jacket, rain gear, personal identification documents.