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Message posted by Whimp on 25/8/2015 at 9:55pm
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Just looks like a terrible pitch to me.
You have to be aware of how wind travels when camping and even then you don't always get it right.
On uphill slopes wind travels faster just off the ground and creates turbulence at ground level, so you get hammered in any tent which you can stand in.The only way you can help is to erect a decent sized wind break, to break up the air flow. A car isn't bad, but a car is designed to minimise wind drag from all directions, and channel the air around it, so don't expect much, unless you have a large van.
I have had a fly sheet ripped in two pieces on a ridge tent, due to high wind. Another time again on the slope of a hill, water ran uphill into the front of the tent, although the tent was fine despite being blown around a bit. At 4 foot high, anything bigger would have gone.
No idea about the other tents as you would only know what the wind turbulence was like at the time.
It is one of the things with camping, you can try and safe guard your tent as much as you want, and even the best can sometimes choose a pitch site that is wrong. All we can hope for is nice weather and a great camping experience.