Are you thinking of setting up a tent strong wind is difficult or easy?
Many people mistakenly believe that camping is an activity that does not require in-depth knowledge of the activity. Some brands, including some stores, invest in advertising material that incites this kind of simplistic and mistaken thinking. This is because not all tents are the same, as the terrain and situations are very different depending on each season. Camping on the mountain is very different than going to the beach in the summer or setting up the tent inside a shed.
The climatic situation that most demands knowledge and skill from the adventurer is that of facing strong winds during the moment of setting up his tent. It is important to exclude recreational models of tents that automatically arm themselves in a few seconds of mountain camping activities. To learn how to properly choose a tent read the exclusive and detailed article here. bellow I will discuss how to setting up a tent strong wind properly. Let’s start..
How do you know the wind speed?
just follow some of the parameters below or you can see Beaufort Wind Estimation Scale here.
Light breeze: 6 to 11 km / h – Tree leaves move
Moderate breeze: 20 to 28 km / h – Dust and small raised papers and tree branches move
Fresh wind: 39 to 49 km / h – Tree branches move and difficulty keeping an umbrella open
Strong wind: 50 to 61 km / h – Large trees move and difficulty walking against the wind
Wind: 62 to 74 km / h – Tree branches break and difficulty walking against the wind
Storm: 89 to 102 km / h – Trees uprooted
Violent storm: 103 to 117 km / h – Widespread damage to buildings
Hurricane: Speed greater than 118 km / h – Zero visibility
That is why all the activities of setting up camp in the wind can become complicated. The activity of setting up a tent strong wind can become a complete nightmare.
How to setting up a tent strong wind
Choose a suitable location
When choosing where to set up your camp, take into account the wind direction, the slope of the surface you want to sleep on and the position of your tent in relation to these two factors. Place the narrowest part of your tent facing the wind and, preferably, that also coincides with the inclination of the surface.
If it is possible to choose near a tree with a large crown, or behind a soft stone (a boulder) this will ease the discomfort of the wind.
If the widest part of your tent is against the wind, it will behave like a sail on a boat and will inevitably force the support rods excessively. In other words, this situation will cause your tent to take off like a kite if it is not properly fixed to the ground, nor with weights inside it.
Organize your equipment
Before unpacking your tent, have heavy objects on hand so they are ready to be used as a counterweight to anything light. This will make sure that nothing flies easily in the first gust of wind. Once the base of the tent is stretched, leave all heavy objects inside to achieve maximum firmness in its base. see our guide on how too choose a mountain tent here.
Prepare the frame rods
When taking the frame rods out of the tent packaging, take the opportunity to leave them armed. A smart practice is to carry the frame rods separately in the backpack from the rest of the tent, this will help to have more agility to set up the tent without much difficulty.
With the rods already armed, the tent assembly time is reduced by half, giving more agility and facilitating its movement. Especially if there is an incidence of rain with the wind.
Use Specs BEFORE
With the frame rods in place, the most important thing is to be able to leave the tent in the ideal position. For this it is necessary to use the specs (also known as stakes ) and fix the base of the tent.
This fixation will give you more mobility to mount the tent on the piles. Start by applying the stakes in the opposite corners, so that the base will be stretched in the ideal way. When fixing the specs try to place them at an angle of 45º in relation to the tent, in this position they will give more strength to your structure.
Place the frame rods
Place the frame rods only when you are sure that the specs are firm and fixed to the ground. Use the same logic as the opposite corners used in the piles. After assembling the main frame rods, having the tent structure assembled, start to arm it.
After the complete assembly, put ALL your equipment inside your tent, they will make it heavy enough not to fly in case any unforeseen happens.
Placing the cover and overcoat
When the tent is duly firm, start to place the cover and fix them with the same logic as the stakes (opposite corners first). This is the most difficult step because, in general, the cover is the lightest part of a tent and so it flies easily, making it very difficult to handle. So start on the side that is not experiencing wind, then move on to the other side.
Prepare the fixing ropes
Have you ever noticed that there are practically a few strings hanging from the body of your tent cover? These strings are to give extra protection to the winds in your tents, and these must be fixed well tent.
When fixing them, reserve a spec for every two strings, preferably that they are tent to opposite sides making an angle of at least 45º following the same logic described above. The fixing ropes must be tent in the opposite direction to the incidence of the wind, so analyze the wind direction before starting to fix them.
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