Last trip I was on was really windy. I was at a lake about 30 feet from the water's edge. Wind was a constant 15-17 mph. My superfly wasn't taking the wind head on. With the doors "open" and tied to the other open door, the wind would catch the upwind doors and try to blow them like a sail. With the doors closed it faired better. It never seemed like it was going to break, but I was getting ancy with my nice tarp blowing in the wind. It was going to be a clear night, no rain, so I opted to put the fly in the snake skins and hang unprotected. less than Ideal, but more ideal than risking my tarp.
My questions are these:
1.For trips where weight isn't as much an issue, like kayak camping, is there a tarp that'll cover an 11' hammock that might be more durable than a 1.1 silnylon tarp? I've thought about a chinook 12x9.6, but don't like the metal grommets and don't have a sewing machine to sew on proper tie outs. I'm just not sure what's out there or where to look really, so if anyone has any suggestions I'm all ears
2. Have you ever had your tarp damaged or destroyed by wind/strong storms?
3. Do certain tarp designs fare better in the wind, meaning hex vs diamond?
4. I've heard pitching the fly really low to the ground helps with stability in the wind. can anyone comment on this? I generally pitch 1.5'-2' off the ground.
5. when camping by water, do you have luck going inland a bit, and is it a noticable decrease in wind?