too windy for camping???

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Tommy2, 6 Jun 2017.

  1. Tommy2

    Tommy2 Über Member

    We're currently in Cornwall camping and the wind over the past 2 days has been howling.
    How windy would you guys let it get before calling it a day and packing up?

    This is what we've had last night

    And we survived but not that I got much sleep!
  2. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Good training for your Icelandic tour:okay:.
  3. alicat

    alicat Legendary Member

    I bail out if the tent has disappeared.

    Fortunately it wasn't my tent that blew on the West Coast Mainline this morning....^_^
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  4. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Is the tent able to cope with the wind?

    If it is I'd stay put. Been camping when it's been as bad, with no problem.
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  5. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    The Red Enclave
    If the wind is very strong, my main concern would be the possibility of nearby trees being blown over - tents aren't renowned for their ability to withstand trees falling on top of them and you don't really want to be inside one when it happens.

    That aside, being snug and warm and dry inside a tent that's getting a hammering from wind and rain is something I've always found rather exciting.
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  6. Beebo

    Beebo Firm and Fruity

    Like cycling, camping has to be enjoyable. I have been known to abandon tent and drive home if it is too bad.
  7. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    I have been caravaning with strong wind, but that could have been down to the ale.
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  8. Brains

    Brains Guru

    It depends on the tent and the occupants.

    I've camped in much higher winds and in far far lower temperatures, I think it fun, but I can't imagine my wife putting up with it for more than 5 minutes.
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  9. OP

    Tommy2 Über Member

    Debris flying around was my main concern, got up a couple of times through the night to check everything was still pegged down which it was.

    I think the tent did really well but wasn't sure if it was just luck rather than it being ok to stay out in those winds.
    Does the camp site have a duty to warn people if they think conditions are too bad? There was a man in the campsite land rover that was adjusting some guy lines on a tent near us that was flapping around a bit.

    Having the wind and rain outside the tent does make me feel snug, but right now it's blowing but lovely sunshine so it's a bit warm in here.
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  10. oldfatfool

    oldfatfool Guru

    Tent was sold as a force 10 so.....
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  11. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Isn't leaving an empty tent a bit unfair?
  12. pplpilot

    pplpilot Guru

    The absolute very lightest of breeze. In fact I wouldn't be there in the 1st place.Been there done that absolutely hated every single second of camping. Really not for me.
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  13. nickyboy

    nickyboy Norven Mankey

    Our last UK camping holiday was to Tenby. We had one of those big frame tents, not designed for extreme weather. But it was August so should have been OK

    For those that can remember, it was 1979, the time of the Fastnet race tragedy. The wind howled but the tent survived. Until one night at about 4am my Dad woke us up and told us the tent frame was buckling under the pressure and it was pulling the tent pegs out of the ground.

    We stuffed everything in the car (I had to have the cooker on my lap all the way back to Lancashire) and when we left at 6am tents were being blown across the campsite with owners running after them

    It was France for camping after that
  14. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    I bought a Tadpole!
  15. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    I've been the last tent left on a campsite in a howling gale, big rock placed above every tentpeg and I was fine. Mind you the owner didn't charge me for that night either. :becool::becool:
    classic33 likes this.
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