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Message posted by ladycake on 20/10/2014 at 10:25am
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my little regatta saw through a windy night this weekend. didn`t budge an inch! but my pegs are so in the ground they are a bugger to get out!!

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A lot of great info on this thread, enjoyed reading

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Great thread, learnt some top tips. Thanks for taking the time to post it.

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We had this problem a couple of months ago we have a large 5 man tent an the winds were up to 30 mph we were at a campsit wich we were given a pitch some bright spark had put us right in the middle of the field with no cover from any trees bushes or walls and a cross from us was the sea we put up our windbrakes which of course were no match for the wind we actually used the car as a windbrake it worked a little but the best thing we could do was hold out for the night and move campsite the next day luckily we had put the tent up well and it stood the winds every time we go away now it's all about the wind we drive around the site looking for a spot where the wind will be blocked we must look crazy but wind really ruins a camping trip thanks for the tips

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Hi,
I've attached a video of my tent in wind last week. An hour later 2 poles had snapped and I had to pack up and do the 6 hour drive home (having had less than 24 hours at the campsite!).

I have some screw in hard ground pegs, some long U shaped pegs and some plastic pegs and had used a combination of them to pitch. None of the pegs or guys had come loose.

What do people think? What would you have done in my place? The weather forecast was for winds to continue for 24 hours and beyond and it looked like my Nevada M (tested to Force 9...) was coping.


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Sorry you had to cut your trip short :( Is the tent ruined or can you replace the broken poles?

Looks like you were pitched up the top of the site? Gorgeous views up there but not much shelter from the wind and, as you found, it can howl in off the sea and some of those gusts can be very strong. Last time we stayed there, we chose a more sheltered pitch, lower down the site.
I'm no expert by any means but we try to think about pitching the tent so the wind hits the area best designed to shrug it off. In your case it looks like the wind was hitting the side of the tent rather than the back? Pitching "bum to wind" might have helped the tent stand up to the gusts more.
We also park our car between tent and prevailing winds and move it as necessary if the winds change direction. A wind break hammered in and guyed if necessary also helps deflect some of the wind away from the tent.
If you arrive somewhere like Sands in fine weather it can be difficult to appreciate just how quickly and fiercely the wind can get up. Experience on different sites has taught us to expect the worst especially if the forecast is for high winds and to choose a sheltered spot, pitch to give the tent best chance of shrugging the wind off and use all available resources (car, trailer, wind break....) to provide additional protection.

I hope your tent can be fixed and it hasn't put you off camping.

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Hi Bee,

I should be able to repair the tent / get it repaired so hopefully will manage a weekend in September before the tent gets put away for the winter.

It was tough at Sands that week. The lower down sheltered area was packed with large tents so there wasn't room there. The wind was coming in diagonally from the back of the site so the dunes were not providing any protection.   Tents were wrecked down by the Toilet block.

I actually had a raised mound between my tent and the wind, and I moved my car in the way too, but the wind seemed to be curling over the top and pressing down on the tent.

It was a good learning experience so I'm better set for the future now.

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Try having a police helicopter hover just above you! The down draught and noise is unreal, must have woke most people up when it same over. Someone had stole a lorry nearby and escaped through the camp site!

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Quote: Originally posted by Tammer on 11/8/2015
Hi,
I've attached a video of my tent in wind last week. An hour later 2 poles had snapped and I had to pack up and do the 6 hour drive home (having had less than 24 hours at the campsite!).

I have some screw in hard ground pegs, some long U shaped pegs and some plastic pegs and had used a combination of them to pitch. None of the pegs or guys had come loose.

What do people think? What would you have done in my place? The weather forecast was for winds to continue for 24 hours and beyond and it looked like my Nevada M (tested to Force 9...) was coping.


Nevada M in Wind


That's an inherent problem with larger flexible pole tents, they flex too much in high winds (although they are great from certain other points of view). I've seen a large dome blown flat (it sprang back upright again when the wind dropped) by gusting wind, cannot have been pleasant inside it!

Interesting in the distance shot, although it may have been partially sheltered by the dunes, there's a pyramid style tent (from the style and colour might be a Cabanon? Just a guess, those style of tents are usually heavy canvas and often have steel poles albeit often just a single central main upright with maybe a couple of uprights on the extended fly), which looks like it isn't even moving at all in the breeze, whilst the tunnel-style tent opposite it is really feeling it (being pitched heading into the wind by looks of it).


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Plenty of extra guy ropes secured with delta pegs. If no delta pegs (why not? They are the best!!) then double peg everything to stop the pegs pulling out.

With our frame tent and utility tent, I used to also have in extreme conditions, internal guys attached to the steel frames to stop the frame moving about. I also used extra guys externally and internally placed across the tent fabric to reduce the fabric flapping in the wind, which can be really loud and keep you (not me, I can sleep through anything!) awake at night, particularly when wet.

One October trip to Orkney, camped wild by a loch, we had stormy windy weather for about 10 days virtually non-stop. The Khyam Igloo kept us dry and coped with the conditions brilliantly. The Relum canvas toilet tent, which had 3 legs (the rear was held up by a single leg with a T bar at the roof level), suitably guyed remained standing throughout. It did however get ripped when the end of the T bar was pushed through the canvas - I knew I should have taken it down that night - but the overall structure was still standing upright!

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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.


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