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OH SH*****T! May lose tent in the wind!

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TiggyD Mon 01-Jun-15 17:16:10

The title says it all. Really windy. Wind blasting up the loch but I had to go for the good view this morning when I pitched. Too windy to move it now. Won't be able to hold on to the canvas if I take it down. Have parked in front of the tent, and rigged up a tarp to give a partial low level windbreak. I do have a proper windbreak but it would never hold. Tent beside me flat.

Any tips?

Theas18 Mon 01-Jun-15 17:21:20

You are doing well and you aren't flat yet!

I guess it depends on your tent type but if it's well pegged down - go double peg the guys with the pegs well angled away from the pull they are experiencing and cross your fingers.

We were in out folding camper 5 mins drive away when the tail end of the hurricane hit Boscastle the beds seem to be bounding up and down but it held fine - toilet tent died though!

TiggyD Mon 01-Jun-15 17:31:12

The loch I'm next to is east-west, so as soon as the wind changes to southerly, I'll be OK. It's going to be a rough few hours.

TiggyD Mon 01-Jun-15 17:34:49

No midges though!

Theas18 Mon 01-Jun-15 17:38:35

I bet the midges are rushing past at 60mph!

VivaLeBeaver Mon 01-Jun-15 17:50:56

Parking in front of the tent is the best thing to do and makes a massive difference. I've been in tents in some awful winds and they've all stayed put even when ive been awake all night convinced we were about to blow away any second. Good luck.

TiggyD Mon 01-Jun-15 18:33:08

The squashed tent couple came back. We managed to get it upright and they have a big 4x4 to park in front of it. They're doing OK, but might not last the night.
My army tarp windbreak seems to be working, although a couple of the brass eyelets have popped off so I tied it back up using the webbing on it.
Think the weather says better by 8.

TiggyD Mon 01-Jun-15 18:33:32

Still a bit scared though.

expatinscotland Mon 01-Jun-15 18:36:55

Depending on where you are, it is not going to improve until the early hours of tomorrow morning, particularly in the west. I would wait for a break between gusts, throw the tent in your car, and leave.

All ferries in the Western Isles are either disrupted or cancelled.

SonceyD0g Mon 01-Jun-15 18:39:46

Keep checking your pegs
Good luck

expatinscotland Mon 01-Jun-15 18:39:52

Am watching the news right now. Ayrshire is not expected to improve, either. It is country wide and the weather reporter has just said, 'These winds are expected to carry on well into tomorrow.'

Pipistrella Mon 01-Jun-15 18:42:58

Tiggy

If in doubt then source some weights, big stones whatever, come out of your tent with essentials and place weights on flattened tent.

Sleep in car.

TiggyD Mon 01-Jun-15 18:44:18

Just need the winds to start coming from the south. They seem to be dropping. Still big gusts but also getting sudden still patches now.

expatinscotland Mon 01-Jun-15 18:46:21

They will not. More are expected from the West, very strong. I would get out. It will not drop for long. I'm watching Scottish news right now, the front is very, very large and will continue all night and into tomorrow.

TiggyD Mon 01-Jun-15 18:47:44

I'm using heavy duty rock pegs so it's not going to blow off. Blow down maybe, but not into the loch. Will tunnel through car to get some dry things from the boot. Dry equals warm!

Blistory Mon 01-Jun-15 18:48:44

Biggest stones you can find on top of the pegs. All pegs firmly into ground so that the guys can't ride up at all and increase the pull. Heavy items around the inside edges of the tent to decrease windflow underneath and stop it billowing.

And remember, it's only a tent so no heroics if it does decide to go.

Blistory Mon 01-Jun-15 18:48:51

Biggest stones you can find on top of the pegs. All pegs firmly into ground so that the guys can't ride up at all and increase the pull. Heavy items around the inside edges of the tent to decrease windflow underneath and stop it billowing.

And remember, it's only a tent so no heroics if it does decide to go.

JasonsBum Mon 01-Jun-15 18:52:47

Sympathies Tiggy! I hate the wind blowing the tent. If your pegs are good then it's more likely to be broken poles. We had 3 last year during the tail end of hurricane Bertha. Look after yourself and hope the weather clears soon.

Pipistrella Mon 01-Jun-15 18:55:39

Is it just me wondering WTF you have DONE to be out on the mountain again? grin

VanitasVanitatum Mon 01-Jun-15 18:58:35

Ooh this sounds fabulously exciting.. But I would probably be observing it from inside my car!!

ClashCityRocker Mon 01-Jun-15 19:13:52

After our one camping mission was aborted following a 'shower' monsoon I am full of admiration. Stay safe though.

TiggyD Mon 01-Jun-15 19:46:45

It's stopped! smile

No wind. Rain barely there. A patch of blue sky. The 'eye' of the storm?

Will check all pegs and guys. Good idea about stopping wind underneath Blisty . Thanks.

Hopefully It won't be too bad later when the other side of the storm hits.

TiggyD Mon 01-Jun-15 19:47:38

Not sure whether to sleep in the car tonight.

expatinscotland Mon 01-Jun-15 19:52:10

Yep, it's a lull. If you had seen the size of it on the telly, you'd know, it ain't gonna hold. I'd take the tent down now and sleep in the car. It stopped here, for a while. It is not picking back up.

DustBunnyFarmer Mon 01-Jun-15 19:52:19

Sorry to hear it's blowing a gale on your camping trip, but this is one of those classic 'live action' MN threads which really give the crap weather context and drama for us sofa-dwellers. I'll keep my fingers crossed that your tent doesn't achieve lift off and - as others have said - stay safe!

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