It's just not possible to waste a three day weekend. So, we headed up to the Whites, near Randolph NH as hurricane Earl was forcasted to bring only "moderate" rain on Friday night, brushing that region slightly as it moved up the eastern coast. And so it did.
Arriving at camp in the afternoon, it was very hot for up there, and at sunset still over 80 degrees, and, humid to the max. (but not a single insect to be seen, oh yeah!) About 11:30 pm, it started to rain, and at midnight, the solid tropical down pour began, for about an hour and a half, though still very warm.
My DIY silicon tarp failed.
The material I sprayed with silicon let the rain weep right through. Big disapointment. Thank goodness for the rain fly. The people with me had a stock Hennessy poly hex tarp, and, they had weepage too. But, it was extremely intense rain. The heavy rain lasted only about an hour or so, then tapered down for a couple of hours more. It was sure good to be up off the ground in a hammock!!! By noon the next day it cleared up, and cooled off, and a dry wind prevailed the rest of the trip. Night time temperature hovered at about 45 degrees, with considerable breeze. This seemed to be the limit temperature of my single layer DIY insultex over and under cover as I kept waking up with shivers every so often. Not a threatening situation, just concerning as I had on all the clothing I had with me.
While my DIY tarp stood up to considerable wind, it did not to rain, something noteworthy. The fabric is completely saturated with silicon, but, for some reason not able to withstand directly falling rain drops. If you have made this material, or are considering making it, it's worth looking into further.
So, it's back to the sewing machine today!