Storm proofing your tent
Our tents are very strong and can handle great stress when used correctly, but they require proper care and handling in order to function optimally. Sometimes, however, in harsh weather, extraordinary measures are necessary to ensure that neither you or your tent will be harmed or damaged. You can, if you have practiced handling your tent when planning your trip, provide extra security with a few simple steps. The most important of all is to pitch your tent properly. This means for example that everything that is extendable should be set to its longest setting so that it can be tightened when needed. The tent should be set up so that the most stable side of the tent is facing the wind and all guy lines should be kept as long as possible and placed so that the tent is optimally stabilized against wind from all possible directions.
All our tents can be used with double poles which is a great way to increase stability in severe weather. To attach additional guy lines to the existing attachment points and to bring along an extra set of pegs, or even to bring different kinds of pegs, is also great ways to provide extra security. Hillebergs very strong 3 mm guy line and additional poles are available as accessories. We also have several kinds of pegs, which are designed for different pitching situations and purposes.
In order to counteract the guy lines from being torn against ground or pegs, a clove hitch can be used around the ground peg. You can then adjust the two guy line runners separately. For the tent with just one guy line runner and a loop at the end, you can also make a clove hitch on the guy line. That is not of equal importance here, but wind gusts can slacken the guy lines on the tent’s leeward side and create a risk that the guy line detaches from the ground peg.
Don’t forget to press the pegs down in the right angle and make sure that they are properly seated in the ground. Check that the ground feels solid! if it’s not you can use more pegs or improvise by anchoring the tent with buried backpacks or filled stuffsacks. Never place stones or the similar sharp objects on the fabric, since it can damage it. In the winter it is preferably to use skis and poles as anchor. However, make sure that steel edges are placed so that they wont damage the guy lines. For additional stability during the winter, you can also bury the tent a bit. However, make sure air vents are kept above the snow surface.
See a clip from our product testing in wind machine!