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Just returned from a trip down into the Flint Hills with the Scout troop. I took my Sierra Designs Hyperlight AST, my usual humble abode.
Over the weekend we encountered prolonged very high winds, along with some sleet, snow, rain combination--certainly some of the wind gusts were well in excess of fifty miles per hour, probably very much so, and there were sustained winds of 30+ for nearly 24 hr.
Not surprisingly, there were some tent issues, as we could only achieve very little shelter from the wind where we were camping. One of the tent complications occurred with my own tent, which stood through the weekend but on dismantling it this AM I discovered that the two long poles now both have sections that, while formerly straight when the strain is released, are now permanently quite noticeably curved (the tent also has a short foot-section pole which survived unaltered).
I'm thankful that the poles didn't snap, given the immense strain they obviously experienced. I've not had poles bend into curves like this from wind exposure. Anyone else?
I'm assuming they are trashed, since it'll be problematic to assemble and use them as is, and it also means they are now, I assume weaker than they were on Thursday, and trying to bend them back into straight sections would only weaken them further. Not being an engineer, however, I'm open to suggestions. Anybody got anything to offer for this? Or should I just contact Sierra Designs about new poles?