The previous comment about tarp setup and user error, in the context of whether a tent might be preferable, got my attention. And brought back this memory. It was our first backpacking trip to Guadalupe Mts. National Park. We were camped at the group site at Pine Spring. That area is famous for strong winds, especially in spring and early summer. 60-80 mph is common, 100 mph sometimes. Most in our group had one- or two-person backpacking tents (an early Half Dome, a couple of Clip Flashlights, a Walrus, and the like). Two of our number had Kelty Noah's Tarp 9's. Catenary, heavy, but tarps. That evening one of those windstorms blew up right about supper time. Within half an hour, *all* the tents were flattened, some with serious damage like broken poles. Only the two tarps remained standing and unscathed. I attribute this to two things: both were set pretty low and well-staked, and their catenary cut.
Fortunately this was after the backpacking part of our trip so the damage to the tents didn't interfere with the fun. In fact, the kids loved the excitement of the storm.
Backpacker has gone downhill. Nowadays it's mostly just dry trip recommendations and (suspect) "skills" bits that get repetitive if you read enough issues. It used to be a lot more fun to read, when there were articles about backcountry concerns and issues, and narratives of peoples' adventures.