Tarps & high winds
A bunch of HF folks spent the Oct Northern Hang on the Superior Hikung Trail with on the scene recorded wind speed in the low 30's as well as NWS stated wind gusts of 35+. I was using for the first time the HammockGear cuben fiber tarp and this tarp with stood lots of wind abuse and no obvious signs of damage. The zing-it that I was using for guy lines didn't want to hold taut line hitches very well but after throwing and additional half hitch the knots held tension much better. We had over 36 hours of constant steady wind along with frequent high wind gusts that sounded like freight trains coming through the woods. Our hammocks would sway with these gusts. I also could hear the guy and ridge lines vibrating in the wind. I have weather all sorts of weathwrnbackpacking but can't remember enduring such a long stretch of windy weather. Again the HammockGear cuben fiber held it's own without damage. Also note I did not have any elastic built into my guy lines so both the tarp tie outs and fiber took allnthe abuse. I will be adding shock cords in the future.
Fronkey shot a short piece on my tarp set up for this trip in his post regarding the Northern Hang.