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Message posted by Gimpymoo on 18/8/2016 at 6:22pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Whimp on 18/8/2016
If your scared of camping, go to a hotel.

You have a pretty large tent which is not really shaped for the wind. Other than standing sideways to the wind flow.

I like shelter, then again :P



I am not scared of camping, but the practicalities of pitching in those conditions alone do not seem the best.

The site just a field, only shelter are the 2 edges you see with neither being very high.

You are right though, even with "bum end" to the wind.. the tent still takes a pounding.

Quote: Originally posted by SGThomas on 18/8/2016
Try to watch someone else pitch first. They will obviously put it back to the wind. Once their tent is fully erected, the wind will, of course, change direction.

You can then put up with back to the new direction of the wind.



Soo true.

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Quote: Originally posted by Whimp on 18/8/2016
If your scared of camping, go to a hotel.




A little harsh!
Not sure anyone has admitted to being scared. Maybe worried about trashing their tent... understandably. None of us know how accurate the forecast will prove, until we get there.
Last weekend was proof of that.

We arrived at our pitch last Friday to heavy wind with severe gusts. Literally on the next pitch, the couple that had already laid out their footprint, and pegged out their tent corners (still flat on the ground, with poles threaded in readiness), were now sat in their car, waiting for a calmer window.
We also spent some time sat in the car, contemplating whether to risk it or not. 3 hours after our arrival, our neighbours had packed everything away, and headed home, defeated by the wind, but with all gear safe and intact.
On this occasion, by this time, we were sat snug in our tent, glad we had gone for it... but how 5hit would we have felt had it gone wrong, with an expensive repair bill to boot, whilst our sensible neighbours were sat at home knowing full well they had a perfectly good tent to try again another time!

As they drove off, they didn't look scared to me... just defeated and disappointed!

Post last edited on 18/08/2016 21:05:14

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