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Jeff Wright
(ABHiker)

Locale: ...
Shelter Pictures - Stormy conditions on 02/25/2011 18:36:53 MST Print View

It seems that a common discussion that arises around here is which shelter (tarp, mid, tunnel tent, freestanding, ect) is best in nasty weather (i.e., lots of wind and rain, or snow). I am not interested in debating which is best. I am interested in seeing your pictures or links to video of your shelter during or after that "big storm". Let's see what your got.

Jeff

Brian Lewis
(brianle) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
Caveat ... on 02/25/2011 18:58:02 MST Print View

I think it's worth mentioning that some folks venture out in winter with less-than-bullet-proof shelters with the idea (and the knowledge/experience) that they'll build some sort of snow shelter to augment or simply replace their default shelter if conditions look to be bad enough.

I've been lucky enough thus far that I've not had to do much augmenting when using tarp or single-walled tent in snow, but then I haven't done a lot of it either --- so I'm afraid no pictures to show by me.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Shelter Pictures - Stormy conditions on 02/25/2011 19:08:05 MST Print View

Double Rainbow in the wind:



Note that the vestibule was staked down improperly. Click here. Once there, scroll down for more pics, and a link to a video download.

Edited by ben2world on 02/25/2011 19:10:26 MST.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Shelter Pictures - Stormy conditions on 02/26/2011 02:47:35 MST Print View

If you insist. Obviously, I favour a tunnel tent ... :-)

1684 Blue tent Autumn snow
Mid-autumn, early morning post storm, Kosciusko NP
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4008 Blue tent opposite Mont Blanc
Summer, saddle opposite Mont Blanc, morning after 'a bit of weather'. It was very windy, and wet.
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5621S2 Red tent Snowy River, When Things Go Wrong
See "When Things Go Wrong". Morning after 1st storm, note scouring of snow around tent. Strong wind overnight. Why were we camped here? Because it was getting late and visibility was about 2 metres.
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5622S2 red tent on Snowy River after 1st night
Same place, different view, still windy.
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5812 View from red tent above Bluff Tarn in snow
Different trip, bad weather about to hit - no problems though.

Enjoy.

Cheers

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
2 feet of new snow on 02/26/2011 06:23:01 MST Print View

storm

Was shelterless a few years ago in Northern Michigan when a snow storm hit. Ended up digging a snow trench for the night.

snow cave

For the record, I do not advocate using live boughs for shelter building. I now always carry a small tarp to avoid this.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Shelter Pictures - Stormy conditions on 02/26/2011 08:01:04 MST Print View

Near Hart Mountain Wildlife Refuge. Maybe 10 MPH wind:

tent

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Shelter pictures on 02/26/2011 09:06:27 MST Print View

@Jerry - I am surprised at the bowing of the sidepanel in only 10mph. Are there center guylines on the mid?

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Re: Shelter Pictures - Stormy conditions on 02/26/2011 10:05:05 MST Print View

Jerry said "Near Hart Mountain Wildlife Refuge. Maybe 10 MPH wind"

now I have coffee to wipe off my keyboard :)

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Shelter Pictures - Stormy conditions on 02/26/2011 10:37:12 MST Print View

This is the front page of the French equivalent to BPL (Le forum de la randonnée légère ou ultra-légère). They show the test of the Stephensen's Warmlite compared to the MYOG design that has become very popular among French ULers. You can see how much more wind resistant their design is.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Shelter Pics. on 02/26/2011 10:46:07 MST Print View

Well...no mid point guylines on the Warmlite (although they are available). Nice marketing.

Theron Rohr
(theronr) - F

Locale: Los Angeles, California
tarp in heavy snow on 02/26/2011 10:56:36 MST Print View

My Kelty noah's tarp in Yosemite valley last weekend. There was over 12 inches of heavy wet snow. This is actually a 12'x12' tarp althought it's really been compressed by all the snow. I can't claim it was the best setup but it worked. I am starting to think about a real winter tent though :)
noah's tarp 12

Here's the view from inside. You can see the trekking pole at the entrance for scale.

inside view

Edited by theronr on 02/26/2011 10:58:24 MST.

David Olsen
(oware)

Locale: Steptoe Butte
Mids in snow, Vic K's, Ryan's and Dean's on 02/26/2011 13:26:47 MST Print View

Dean'swall shelter

Vic'sVic C's Tent in snow

Ryan's

http://media.photobucket.com/image/oware%20pyramid/gardenville/Winter%2520Stuff/2025.jpg

Edited by oware on 02/26/2011 13:30:53 MST.

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Re: Shelter Pictures - Stormy conditions on 02/26/2011 13:31:05 MST Print View

"They show the test of the Stephensen's Warmlite compared to the MYOG design"

In fairness to Stephenson, they pitched the MYOG shelter end to the wind and the 2R broadside to the wind -- hardly a fair comparison.

Chris Kopp
(ckopp) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: Re: Shelter Pictures - Stormy conditions on 02/26/2011 13:59:30 MST Print View

My ZPacks Hexamid after a night of ~30 mph wind with rain/snow.
....

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Shelter Pictures - Stormy conditions on 02/26/2011 14:10:10 MST Print View

Snow?

(just kidding. -37C here with 5.5ft drifts)

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Shelter pictures on 02/26/2011 14:11:19 MST Print View

"@Jerry - I am surprised at the bowing of the sidepanel in only 10mph. Are there center guylines on the mid?"

Maybe it was windier than that

No center guylines so it does bow in

I've measured 30 MPH with my ADC Wind meter and it still stood up fine, but it does bow in quite a bit

I suppose I should add center guylines, too lazy, plus then I'de have to carry more stakes which adds weight

Jeff Wright
(ABHiker)

Locale: ...
Thunderstorm on 02/26/2011 14:42:13 MST Print View

Great pictures everybody. Here are a couple pictures that I took the morning after a big thunderstorm about five years ago. The pictures do not show any action.. only proof that my first attempt at a homemade silnylon tarp stood up to the storm. (Honestly I am much better at getting a tight pitch these days :)) My wife and I hiked about 16 km into this little lake called Lake of the Falls. It is a great hike but we were a little disappointed when we arrived to find a helicopter unloading a group of people with coolers, large tents, rifles, fishing rods and a bunch of other car camping gear. Seemed like a bit of a rip off.

I remember the storm rolling in just as it was getting dark. My wife and I quickly got up and pitched the tarp lower to the ground. We were glad that we did because within 20 minutes the wind was howling, the rain was pouring and the lightning and thunder were almost simultaneous. I am pleased to say that we remained dry and warm that night. I cannot say the same for our helicopter friends. As were hiked past their campsite the next morning we found them standing outside their walmart style dome tents wringing the water out of their sleeping bags.Homemade tarphomemade tarp2

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
Trailstar on 02/26/2011 14:58:52 MST Print View

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIxFHdl6Rds

Patrick Young
(lightingboy) - F

Locale: Southwest
RE: Shelter Pictures - Stormy conditions on 02/26/2011 15:02:38 MST Print View

BA Sarvis eVent


North Rim of the GC in March 2007. Dropped 18" of snow overnight on the BA Sarvis eVent. Held up well with shaking the sides a couple times in the night.

Edited by lightingboy on 02/26/2011 15:04:33 MST.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Shelter Pictures - Stormy conditions on 02/26/2011 15:06:43 MST Print View

Jeff
Just like with Real Estate "position,position,position"
Great spot selection on your part...
Franco