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Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
making use of Hurricane Sandy? on 10/28/2012 20:17:07 MDT Print View

So who is settling up shelters on the east coast to see how they do in a storm?

--Mark

a b
(Ice-axe)
Re: making use of Hurricane Sandy? on 10/28/2012 20:20:08 MDT Print View

Isn't Ide in Maryland?

He owns two of every type of cuben shelter out there as well!

Someone get on the horn and deputize Doug for that BPL shelter endurance test we were prom,ised and Eric was so keen on!

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: making use of Hurricane Sandy? on 10/28/2012 20:28:06 MDT Print View

Time to make some MYOG stuff

with a manual sewing machine and a candle

Seth Brewer
(Whistler) - MLife

Locale: www.peaksandvalleys.weebly.com
You read my mind.... on 10/28/2012 20:28:36 MDT Print View

How did you know what I was thinking ? I'll be having my MLD Silnylon Duomid up for sure and maybe even try out some others! I want to try some inverted V set-ups in it for this coming winter with a superlight bivy. Oh what fun a good storm is :-) lots of time to read, play with gear, and test out waterproofing and storm pitch modes on tents!

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: You read my mind.... on 10/28/2012 20:36:35 MDT Print View

Get some video. Post some photos. Play safe.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: You read my mind.... on 10/28/2012 20:37:51 MDT Print View

> How did you know what I was thinking ?

only because whenever we had a good storm coming I would always either set something up in the backyard or try to take a quick trip somewhere close to get to "enjoy" the weather. My family always laughs at me when I do this :) Used to be I could just drive up to the Lost Coast to get bad weather, but the last several trips have had gorgeous, mild weather, great for enjoying the trip, but disappointing from a testing perspective.

--Mark

Chris Lacey
(Staplebox) - F
Guilty on 10/28/2012 21:06:21 MDT Print View

Just shortened a pole for the Gatewood Cape for testing tomorrow. I had a 48" CF pole but chopped it to 45" to be able to pitch it lower with a straighter pole. Maybe the Shangri La 5 too.

I don't have an anemometer so I'll have to rely on the news.

And I have a tall ladder and friendly neighbors in case one or both ends up in a tree.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Sandy on 10/28/2012 22:26:02 MDT Print View

I just hope you Easterners all stay safe tomorrow and Tuesday. Doug, if I were you, I'd take a red-eye flight to Vegas tonight. Just to weather that horrific storm, ya know? Let FEMA test the gear...

steven franchuk
(Surf) - M
Expect rain gear report on 10/28/2012 23:35:27 MDT Print View

While you guys are at it let us know how well your rain gear works. A lot of good reviews could come out of this. But most of all stay safe!

Edited by Surf on 10/28/2012 23:37:41 MDT.

Chris Lacey
(Staplebox) - F
Re: making use of Hurricane Sandy? on 10/29/2012 08:19:12 MDT Print View

Gatewood Cape is up.
45" CF Zpack pole
Lawson Ti wire stakes
Two extra tie outs are Dyneema

GW Cape - Sandy

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: making use of Hurricane Sandy? on 10/29/2012 08:33:54 MDT Print View

"Isn't Ide in Maryland?"

He is, the bum. But I don't like backpacking alone, I get frightened. Sometimes I cry. And there's no one here with whom to set up shelters in the back yard to ease my anxiety, so I guess I'll have to pass on testing this time around.

Darn.

Edited by idester on 10/29/2012 08:34:29 MDT.

Raymond Estrella
(rayestrella) - MLife

Locale: Northern Minnesota
backyard on 10/29/2012 09:20:42 MDT Print View

If you do decide to setup in the backyard Doug, watch out for the coyotes... ;-)

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: making use of Hurricane Sandy? on 10/29/2012 09:24:00 MDT Print View

I once set up a homemade shaped tarp in a typhoon here and it was definitely a learning experience. I'm proud to say the tarp was very sturdy, with no flapping whatsoever!

Be safe, everyone!

Edited by butuki on 10/29/2012 09:26:13 MDT.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Extreme weather and tents on 10/29/2012 12:30:07 MDT Print View

I, fortunately, AM in 'Vegas. My TT Moment is likely earthquake proof but the highest winds I've encountered are 45 -50 mph gusts. With just one windward guyout line it was very solid.

I now have made prepared guyout lines with small snap hooks and small Tarptent style plastic line tensioners. All I need to do is hook the snaps into the tent and stake them out with MSR Groundhog sakes.

I also added 4 grossgrain tape stake loops equidistant around the Moment's bottom hem for maximum "holdown".

P.S. And finally, I ran my crossing pole inside the tent for more canopy support. If all that doesn't keep the tent in one piece then fervent prayer and supplication to the storm gods is the only alternative.

Edited by Danepacker on 10/29/2012 15:03:48 MDT.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: making use of Hurricane Sandy? on 10/29/2012 14:32:07 MDT Print View

Okay, to satisfy some of you hungering for real world hurricane testing, I set my MLD bivy outside in the back yard to see if it would stay dry internally while the wind howled and the rain pelted.

Whoever finds it, let me know how it did.

Should have staked that sucker down......

a b
(Ice-axe)
Re: Re: Re: making use of Hurricane Sandy? on 10/29/2012 14:42:50 MDT Print View

Way to go Doug.. thats the spirit.
I foresee a bottle of BPL's finest singlemalt in your future.

We once had 6 inches of rain fall in eight hours up here in the Santa Cruz mountains.
Yea, that is nothing to what you get out there but anyways..

I set up all three of my shelters in the front yard at the ranch to test their storm worthy-ness.
Then i put on my poncho and hiked up and down the horse trails with a pink umbrella i borrowed from a female roomate just to test the whole umbrella thing ya' know.
Nobody was around so it seemed like a good time for such activity.
Everything was going so well and i was having fun until i came up out of the gully near the road..
Traffic was stopped and all be danged if i wasn't spotted by three people i knew in that line of cars.
That was years ago but those fellas still kind of give me a funny look these days.

Kinda like riding a moped.. it's all fun till your friends see you on one.

Richard Cullip
(RichardCullip) - M

Locale: San Diego County
Re: Re: Re: making use of Hurricane Sandy? on 10/29/2012 15:22:44 MDT Print View

"Okay, to satisfy some of you hungering for real world hurricane testing, I set my MLD bivy outside in the back yard to see if it would stay dry internally while the wind howled and the rain pelted.

Whoever finds it, let me know how it did.

Should have staked that sucker down......"

Doug, I've got a hiking buddy up in Cambridge, NY. I'll ask him to keep an eye out for it....

Edited by RichardCullip on 10/29/2012 15:37:09 MDT.

Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
Testing Hurricane Sandy on 10/29/2012 15:27:07 MDT Print View

My 19 year old son is doing a SOBO AT thru hike. He's into Pa. now. He's carrying my old SpinnTwinn. We'll see how it does.

John Harper
(johnnyh88) - M

Locale: The SouthWest
Re: making use of Hurricane Sandy? on 10/29/2012 15:31:42 MDT Print View

I had a great time setting up shelters in my back yard during this past monsoon season. Monsoons are no hurricanes, but you sure learn a lot when you try to set up your tent during a heavy downpour with strong winds. Stay safe you guys.

On a side note, I think that backpackers are pretty well prepared for most natural disasters. For example, I tend to always have several days worth of backpacking food and fuel on hand. Not to mention means to purify water and stay warm.

Seth Brewer
(Whistler) - MLife

Locale: www.peaksandvalleys.weebly.com
That will be interesting ! on 10/29/2012 15:32:42 MDT Print View

That's not Mad Max is it ? I chatted briefly last week with a young Flip-Flopper who was racing down to Port Clinton, PA to finish his hike on his birthday (Nov 10th). Either way should be an interesting time on the trail !