Ah it’s great being Scottish! Where else can you experience the full range of weather extremities in a single day? Or evening a single morning?! The old saying about ‘if you don’t like the weather, just wait and hour‘ is certainly true up here, but is that a good thing or not?
For outdoors lovers, the huge range of weather that Scotland experiences is almost certainly a welcome addition to a day out, as it’s the weather that thrill-seekers have to thank for some of the country’s most awesome terrain. However, when it comes to paintball – just what is the best weather to play in?
In scenario-based paintball games, rain can often be a real fun-zapper; as it leaves exposed wood slippery and the ground underfoot muddy and even more unpredictable. Saying that, a well-designed site might cover all of it’s wooden slopes and bridges with chicken wire to prevent slippage, and mud? Well, a little bit of mud just makes things more exciting no?
Likewise, strong winds shouldn’t have too big an impact on a game of woodland scenario paintball, as the trees provide adequate cover to ensure your balls aren’t literally blown off target. Also, a well-managed site will make sure that players aren’t in any danger of deadwood falling from overhead too.
Snow? Hmmm, not sure about this one. I guess as long as the paintballs are in no danger of actually freezing then playing paintball in the snow could be great fun! It would certainly be easier to see where your shot landed, that’s for sure.
Of course, being prepared for any eventuality is the best way to approach the elements before a game of paintball. Only wear a few thin layers (as your body heat will increase with the energy you burn playing) but make sure one of the outer layers is waterproof. Always stick on a pair of suitable walking shoes or hiking boots and, if they don’t have an in-built layer of GoreTex, make sure you wax them before you play, as this will stop any moisture seeping through mid-game…not pleasant.
Apart from that, there’s nothing that a post-match bacon roll and cup of tea can’t fix, so wrap up good, maybe chuck a towel in your kit bag just in case and be prepared to dive head-first into whatever the elements can throw at you!