How Windy is Too Windy for Camping?

Are you going camping this weekend? The first thing to know before going on a camping trip is knowing how windy is too windy for camping. Camping is an exciting activity that allows someone to have a wonderful experience close to mother nature. Getting far away from modern amenities sometimes camping can be tricky as well. However, knowing some hacks and applying them in those situations will make things easier and the experience will be rewarding.

Here are some observations to see when you know it is too windy to camp:

a. Start unpacking your tent with your back towards the wind

b. Clip the guy line sticking out of the tent bag onto the waist belt of the pack

c. Take the rest of the tent out of its bag and with the assistance of the wind, allow the tent to fall out in front of you.

d. Peg down the corners and the base and then go ahead and set up the rest of the tent.

e. Anchor the pegs or the guy lines into the ground as if your life depends on it because literally, it might.

  • One thing you must realize is that strong winds are not your friend. It’s a thief that wants to steal anything and everything it can so from the moment you take your tent out of your pack, to when you’ve set up your tent, secure and tie everything down.
  • Before you head to bed, go around and double-check the guy lines if they are tight enough.
  • One of the things you’ve got to get used to when wild camping and strong winds regardless of the tent you’ve got is this continual really loud noise.
  • From a safety perspective, it’s important that if it gets too wild in the night, either for you or for your gear, you should work out a pre-planned exit strategy. Know where you can go that’s nearby to seek shelter from the full force of the wind. It can help therefore to have most of the gear already pre-packed ready to go at a moment’s notice.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

What wind speed is dangerous for camping?

Knowing what wind speed is dangerous for camping is usually depends on how strong your tent is. Setting your tent properly is a must when it comes to camping. It’s like building a house that can withstand any calamities and such. However, the wind that speeds 30 mph can already cause some damage to your tent. 

Can a tent withstand 40 mph winds?

A wind that speeds 40 mph can already cause too much noise and damage to whatever your tent is. However, there are still some tents that can often handle 40 mph wind speed especially when using staked or knots. It all depends on how your tent is made and will it be capable to withstand such wind speed. 

Here’s how to camp in strong winds and survive by setting up a tent:

1. When you get your tent on flat, you want to make sure that you know where the door of the tent is. It is important to know that because when you set it up, you want to make sure that the door of the tent is on the leeward side of the wind, or in other words, it should be on the other side of the wind’s not going to come in and blast into the tent’s door when you open it up.

2. Come to one of the ends of the tent and grab a guy line to be hanging out the tent bag so that when you get the pack and put the waist belt around it and clip it in. That’s how the way it will be anchored on the weight of the pack.

3. You can also get one of the loops and have that out as well. That means that it can not only have the anchored one but in terms of ease and things not flapping around as much. You can peg it in so that there’s at least one part of the tent base which is secured before you even actually get the whole tent out of its bag.

In terms of finding an ideal tent spot, your priority is to find somewhere that’s as flat as possible and away from any potential risk of avalanche. Once you find that spot, you want to get to work and try to make it as flat and as compact as you can. If it’s windy, it’s a good idea to attach one of the corner guy lines of the tent to the waist belt of its pack so that the tent is not going anywhere.

Talking about tents, here are some mistakes every new tent camper makes especially when experiencing high wind scenarios:

1. Not pitching the tent

– Failure to pitch the tent before a trip is a struggle especially when you have a new tent that has its unique quirks and needs that you probably don’t still know about to be able to get a correct pitch. It can prolong the ability for you to get to a campsite set up on time particularly if you’re experiencing strong winds.

2. Incorrect use of guy lines

– Guy lines are an important part of a tent that is designed to aid in helping a tent stay put in high winds and not to pull it very tightly. Avoid pulling the guy lines too hard that might compromise the performance that the tent is capable of producing in extreme weather.

3. Not staking the tent out properly

– Not setting up a tent correctly is the same as the first mistake of not pitching the tent properly. It reduces the comfortable space of the tent or worst, the tent might get ripped and damaged especially when experiencing strong winds scenarios.

4. Sharp things under the tent

– Sticks, thorns and sharp materials, or even rocks could poke through and cause an issue with the body of the tent that may create inside damage or a hole that will make the winds come through the inside of the tent.

5. Wrong size groundsheet

– Make sure to cut the groundsheet a little bit smaller than the footprint of the tent. If bringing the groundsheet out beyond the size of the tent, it allows water to accumulate on top of the groundsheet when it rains and soaking through the inside of the tent.

6. Not observing the sightings

– You have to look up to your chosen surroundings before setting up a camping space to make sure there are no unnecessary things that are going to break in high winds that will possibly crash your tent.

Is 25mph wind strong for camping?

Any wind speed that’s higher than 20 mph can be labeled as strong wind speed. Even if most tents can withstand this kind of wind speed, it’s tougher as it may seem since it would be a problem to set up a tent during a strong wind. However, being secure enough for additional pegs for your tent is a must if you want to still plan to go on camping with that wind speed.

Here’s how to pitch a tent in high winds:

1.  Another good option to secure the base of the tent against strong winds is to use a double or triple piggyback peg arrangement.

2. Once the base of the tent is secure enough, go ahead and start putting up the poles.

3. There are several different good ways in which you can peg out the guy lines in the ground by using:   

  • walking poles
  • ice ax
  • snow stakes
  • fill up a dry circle compression bag with soil or snow to be attached on the guy lines to be buried
  • using T-anchor to be buried together with the groove for the guy line
  • rocks

Is 20 mph too windy for camping?

A 20 mph wind speed is the normal stake in camping because most tents were designed to withstand 20 mph or below wind speeds. When it’s windy, it’s always a good habit to keep a close hold on all your associated tent bags. You don’t want to lose anything that’s a necessity while camping.

Conclusion:

For your next wild camp as always, be safe, don’t do anything reckless and anything that’s beyond your ability or skill level because that’s unwise and it’s important. Against winds, you must secure everything properly. Your safety will always be a priority above anything else.

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