Originally Posted by Rossi Smash
not heavy rain, not for me.
Somebody has as their signature - "There's no such things as bad weather. Just bad equipment." Or something close to that.
Instructors and Patrolers don't always get a choice. If the mountain is open, we're out there (no matter how much we might whine).
PSIA doesn't cancel events due to rough weather. When I got L1, on the second day, as soon as the examiner got us through the skiing piece, they closed the mountain. We were the only ones out there other than ski patrol and the lifties.
Here's a picture of us at the summit:
It was March in southern NH and was miserable. Notice the poncho and garbage bag. I'm the good looking guy on the far left. Everything but good gortex failed that day. The snow was in the Examiner's words "weird". If you didn't have full face protection, you got a free "exfoliation" from the sleet. I went through several pairs of gloves each day. My EMS jacket did pretty good though.
As for the recommendation of neoprene - I would stay away from this in wet conditions in cold weather. Neoprene works great for SCUBA divers because it traps the water against your skin, your body warms it and it acts as insulation. It does NOT keep you warm if you are wet and in any wind. Just the opposite. Will suck the heat right out of you. Put on something wet than stand in front of a fan and you'll know exactly what I mean.
One of the things I did learn about gloves from this experience is that glove shells are fairly cheap and can be changed out when they start to fail. Also, to stay warm, your hands need to stay dry so if you protect your hands from the wet gloves, you should be OK.
Put something like this over your glove liners but under your glove:
You'll probably sweat a bit because they won't breath but it will be better than being wet and are easy to carry for those "just in case" times. Super cheap too.