How to Choose a Rain Jacket for Beginner Backpackers

Okie dokie! Drum roll please!

ASCEND has been approved by one of the top dog brand affiliation programs and I literally could not be more excited from a digital writers perspective!

Actual footage of Lee and I celebrating this approval

Being accepted by Avantlink is a big deal for ASCEND for two main reasons:

A.) No one really understands what I do for work.

And that's okay -- no one really understands anything about anyone, anyways. I wanted to do this because ultimately it is taking all of my years of learning and specializing and bringing them together in a realm where I have creative freedom.

So I suppose, this accomplishment for me is kind of some sort of affirmation of my own ability (haha, hello ego my old friend)...but I mean, come one! Approximately 70% of applications are denied to this affiliate program. So...yes. This is actually such a big accomplishment and my heart is definitely singing!

B.) This is the most important point of this affiliation.

As a writer, it is critical to have direction in content and brand affiliation.

And let me be clear -- it is one thing to partner with any old brand -- affiliations are abundant in this digital world. The difference with ASCEND becoming a recognized affiliate with Avantlink is that I personally respect the quality of work that these partners put out.

Okay -- with that little introduction out of the way, I'm just going to insert my first ever merchant codes -- the word ones aren't cute but they are brand approved. I'll sneak in different stuff occasionally and big time welcome you to take advantage / shop around with any of our partners.

These are the brands that I wish my closet was full of and I intend to one day have all of my outdoor equipment made by! Baby steps, friends!

Anyhow, today the focus is on some things that needs to be accomplished.

The “Packing and Planning Guide” for all of those who are already registered for the multi-day backpacking program. Anyone who was reading earlier in the year will remember that I used to only write about mountain equipment.

That is because each of these articles are designed to support anyone who is registered for an ASCEND Hiking or Cabin Retreat receives a six to eight page program guide.

These pdf packages include every detail, from travel information, program outline, packing and gear guides (with links to resources), as well an introduction to the facilitators that you are partnered with for your program and schedules.

So, without further adieu,

How to choose a rain jacket to go hiking:

We've put together a list of things to consider before you make your investment in a rain jacket. There are a few things to think about when buying a rain coat for trail hiking.

1. Water-repellent and Waterproof Only