Originally Posted by spidennis
I used to do a lot of windsurfing back in the day .... so messing with gear in the wind shouldn't have to be a problem, there's just got to be a technique to it and having those long lines bundled with a rubber band just wasn't working! ..... but something will! and practicing in the wind is a good way to find problems with your kit, and I found problems! .....
Like Slowhike, I find Snake Skins make things a whole bunch easier for me, or at least it seems to. Also, as I undo the line at each stake, I form it into a coil, something like this:
But often I don't bother, at least not with all of the lines. I first undo left and right on one end, which gives me just one end flopping in the wind- but both ends are still attached to the trees ( or to the HH suspension with the stock tarp). And I don't let go of the tarp- at least not the windward side- so wild flapping is pretty well controlled. Then I roll that one end up ( windward side of either head end or foot end) throwing the line up in on that side as I roll it up. The line is rolled up in the tarp. Then I grab the side away from me and the wind and start rolling it's line up in the tarp, as I now finish rolling both sides up together. ( hard to describe) Then, I pull a snake skin partially over that end which stabilizes it, even in high winds. Repeat on the other end, finally covering the entire tarp in the Snake Skins. That sounds like a lot of steps but it takes less than a minute or so, even in high winds, if I don't coil the lines. Add a minute or 2 if coiling the lines. Works for me.