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Keeping my tent standing in windy conditions Answered

Hi there all you outdoorsmen and woman, just join this group and would like to find out if you have any tips on how to keep a tent (in my case a frame tent) from blowing away in windy conditions. I am mad about fishing, usually go fishing on weekends (Free State, South Africa), and had my problems with the wind blowing my tent down, hope you can assist and give me some tips.
Regards Werner


I think that a PVC cage inside the tent could prevent the tent from collapsing. Kind of like the metal cage used to protect drivers in a car when it rolls over. The only inconvenience is carrying the extra weight of plastic pipes.


4 years ago

I faced high winds against my tent. Few minutes later one pole was broke.

So, I reinforced the stakes to the ground (to affirm the tent to ground) and I disassembled all the poles (so, the tent go down with all the stuff in, but keeping safe my poles).

When the winds stopped, I reassembled the poles and then fix the broken pole like everybody fix a broken bone: With a splint.

The funny (or not) part was the I left the tent the next day and the winds started again. Without my supervision many ple was broken, so, At my return, I must apply a lot of splint to my poles.

the last time i went camping my rain fly started to come off so i got a hammer and went crazy with the stakes. i hammerd evryone so that u couldn't c them. it was kinda fun


8 years ago

Additional guy lines is a good idea.

Also, make camp in a protected area, behind rocks, in a grove, etc. Anything that might act as a wind break. If you set up in the trees, they also make good anchors for the guy lines.

If that doesn't work, you probably need a mountaineering tent--one designed for windy conditions.

Well if you are talking about not having it blow away, then all you would need to do is stake it down, but since that's obvious...

Do you mean it collapsing under the force of the wind?

Thanks for all the tips and reponses, Doctor What the tent is collapsing under the force of the wind regardlees of the tent being staked down,

How are you pegging the guy-ropes? Like this?



If it's up-rooting the pegs, use longer ones, and remember to hammer them in to that the point is closer to the tent than the head.

If possible, place the pegs further apart.

If the tent is blowing down by folding in on itself, you could try adding more guy lines to the points where it folds inwards.

If that doesn't work, there are tents designed to withstand much greater winds than a frame tent, so I would switch to one of those.

There's also cross pegging which helps stop them ripping out. 

Peg as kiteman suggests then put another peg at 90 degrees to the first peg, at a 4 degree downwards angle. This stops the top of the primary peg being pulled forwards and ripping the earth.

I've been wondering if The Claw could be adapted for use as a tent stake. It's an aircraft tiedown anchor that has hinged pins that grip the ground like a claw when pulled. They're rated for 1200 pounds, more than you'd be likely to encounter pulling up a tent.

Of course, there's also these anchors... The kind used to fasten guy lines to to hold up utility poles, rated for 6000 pounds...