The weather can have a huge influence on the success of a trip. Dealing with freezing temperatures, heat waves, wind, rain, snow or thunderstorms, all offer their own dangers.
With a little knowledge and some practice it’s possible to become reasonably successful at predicting the weather up to a few hours in advance.
But before you try and work out whether that cloud coming towards you is going to unleash a hailstorm or benignly pass you by, it pays to do some research beforehand on the likely weather you’ll encounter over the course of your trip.
Having an idea about the likely weather you’ll face on a trip allows you make informed equipment choices such as packing a warmer sleeping bag or bringing a sun hat.