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I was camping out in northwester Mn a while back and got to test the tent in some pretty windy conditions. We were ice fishing, but decided to camp rather than get a hotel. Since we weren’t any place too remote, I was able to bring up the winds at a small airport 10 or so miles away using my phone. The peak wind gusts reported were 59mph with sustained winds in the 40’s. Previously, I’ve always been able put the tent in an area somewhat more sheltered when it was this windy, but this was the first time putting it in a completely exposed area (in the middle of a frozen lake).
This got me thinking about pitching tents in the wind. Many of us, my self included, learned the basics about pitching tents, but figured out the other things like pitching in the wind by trial and error. There were some things I learned a while ago like always having one guy holding the rain fly on the upwind side while the other person attaches it to the tent body. Obviously a wind break is a helpful thing too. Most people know enough to point the tent into the wind, but some tents like mine aren’t symmetrical. One vestibule has 2 stakes and the other has 1. Putting the side with 2 stake down points upwind makes a substantial difference as I am able to get the fly tighter on that side. Putting rocks or gear on top of stakes will also keep them firmly in the ground. Of course, when all else fails, wear earplugs to bed.
So what are some of the things you’ve picked up over the years that help you’re tent hold up in the wind?
By the way, I made a post about tents and wind 6 months ago or so, but this was more about picking a good spot to avoind most of the wind.