I just returned home from a 3 day hang out. Early this morning a strom blew in, high winds, lots of rain and some white rain (snow).
First night was fine, cold clear and beautiful, I was right at the mouth of the Columbia River. We had a hard frost but no rain. Clear sky just perfect. Stayed warm and dry.
Second night, Central Oregon Coast, once again, beautiful, cool, but not cold about +40.
Third night, cool, a little over freezing. I was right on the coast, I had myself all packed in, sleeping bag, window reflector, poncho liner, and felted wool blanket. Hennessy hammock, tarp, underblanket, everyting just right. I went to sleep, I heard the wind come up and the rain start, I thought oh, yeah, I am ready, I will stay dry. I did not, water blew up and under the tarp, the rain became pretty wild, I stayed put, this time (second time this has happened@ this campspot).
I am going to make a Bivy in the morning. However, I wonder if I spray my sleeping bag with water repellent, will that ruin the fill? Is spray on better than wash in? This getting soaked is not cool. It seems like this beautiful spot is a very wet place to camp, I love it but not being soaked.
Please give me some insight into keeping my gear dry in the middle of gale force winds. My rainfly works great most of the time, just when the rain and wind seem to come from all different directions. SallyS