If you set up your tent correctly and lash it securely against a storm, you can stay in your sleeping bag when a storm approaches. Here are the best tips for setting up a storm-proof tent.
1. Find a good place
Even if there is no breeze, you should not set up your tent on passes or hilltops or below high cliffs (rockfalls, downdrafts). Especially not if your tent doesn’t seem particularly stable or you’re traveling in a region that is chronically storm-plagued. However, you don’t have to crawl into a swampy depression. Slightly hilly terrain interspersed with trees or bushes is ideal. Here you have both: view and wind protection. Important: The ground should be solid and dry, then the pegs will also be firmly in the ground.
2. Set up wrinkle-free
The tighter a tent is, the less it bends in a storm and the less it flaps. Ideally, the outer tent stretches over the inner tent without any creases. To do this, all connecting straps that run near the ground from the outer tent to the ends of the poles must be tightened.
3. Fine tuning
If you have a tent where you first set up the inner tent and then throw the outer tent over it, you also have to fix it to the poles – if the tent offers this option: Often there are Velcro strips on the inside of the outer tent – where the outside Storm lines are attached. Wrap the Velcro strips as tightly as possible around the nearest pole and close them neatly. Then they won’t come loose even in a constant storm.
4. Untie storm lines
You should tie down the storm cords in all weather conditions to avoid having to go out at night when the wind picks up. For best effectiveness, use the full length of the storm lines and anchor them securely to the ground; in the storm, powerful forces pull on the lines. If the peg is not to tear out of the ground, it must be firmly and deeply stuck. If in doubt, weigh down all pegs with thick stones. For tunnel tents, brace the front/back arch at a 45-degree angle forwards/backwards. The side arches at right angles to the tent.