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« on: July 10, 2012, 09:18 AM »

Although certainly no FUN for those affected, this calamity may give some of you inventive kite makers an idea or two...


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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2012, 09:30 AM »

I'm sorry for laughing, I know someone could've gotten seriously hurt (hopefully not) by one of those tent poles. That adult insight aside...    Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2012, 09:42 AM »

Nothing new there. Ari Contzius flew a quadlined 2-man tent in Hot Tricks about 10 years ago.
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2012, 09:47 AM »

...do people not stake their tents down?  Huh

That is hilarious.
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2012, 09:57 AM »

Nothing new there. Ari Contzius flew a quadlined 2-man tent in Hot Tricks about 10 years ago.

What ever happened to Ari? You guys were a great team.
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2012, 10:37 AM »

What amazes me is how the thing went in a big circle, like it was caught in a slow tornado!
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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2012, 12:24 PM »

...do people not stake their tents down?  Huh

That is hilarious.


Some yes, some no.

A lot of the newer tents are free standing and deceptively stable when there is little or no wind and you have a minimal amount of gear inside.

That said,  a lot of tents come with flimsy tent stakes:



They are alright, but not up to the task of sustained winds.

A couple of years ago, I got a new Tri-Awning and had it set up a a local festival with the OEM stakes.



The winds had been moderate to low most of the day, but towards the end of the event the winds started picking up. If you think a normal tent has lift, a single skin shelter, with lots of surface area, low weight, and minimal framing (3 intersecting spars) is considerably more air-worthy.

Someone asked me if the flailing shelter was mine, and I turned just in time to see the last stake come out of the ground, and the awning tubmled once and started doing its Toto impression.

I have since set aside some HQ stakes for use with the shelters and they have been much more stable (although anything will let go depending on how much wind). 

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Your best bet is to catch it before the wind gets too bad and release two of the spars to flatten it out of the wind.

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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2012, 12:26 PM »

Nothing new there. Ari Contzius flew a quadlined 2-man tent in Hot Tricks about 10 years ago.

What ever happened to Ari? You guys were a great team.

Marriage and now a baby. It happens....  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2012, 01:01 PM »

As someone who is a regular user of easy-ups canopies we use straps around the top interior of the canopy anchored to tool boxes or the trailer
Others feel the need to use stakes like the ones posted above on the bottom of the legs through the tabs, even sometimes anchored in concrete. The tabs at the bottom of the legs snap off leaving a the canopy to 'lift off' and go tumbling usually making them twisted junk.


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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2012, 01:59 PM »

After camping for years and with the with the boy scouts we've never had something like that happen. I always use the guylines on my tent and on my canopy I use a 15 inch stake driven through the canopy foot and tie down the canopy top with rope/paracord and a tautline hitch. Never had it move, even in 45mpg gusts at the top of a small mountain.
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« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2012, 07:53 PM »

There was a terrific picture of a tent Matt McGee (I think) bridled and flew as a single line.

Can't find it.. as usual.. Sad
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« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2012, 08:30 AM »

Whatza PRUB?

How about intentional flying of PRUBs?  Grin


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It was Paul Horner's idea and he still has those pigtails on his PRUB from the day we flew it.
It flew OK, but wasn't too good with dive stops.  Wink
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« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2012, 08:34 AM »

Whatza PRUB?

How about intentional flying of PRUBs?  Grin
It was Paul Horner's idea and he still has those pigtails on his PRUB from the day we flew it.
It flew OK, but wasn't too good with dive stops.  Wink
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« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2012, 07:24 PM »

Flying a Tent as a Kite
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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2012, 07:51 PM »



I have that tent. Attached the lines to the corners for the poles and footprint. I'll have to try that. But I don't want to break the poles. Darn expensive to replace.
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