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    Wink Would your tarp have kept you dry?

    A little storm blew through here today. The side ways rain was incredible with tornadoes touching down all around. The walls/windows of my house were soaked to a height of 7 feet, even though they were protected by an 8 foot high ceiling that covered them for a distance of about 10 feet.

    Even if I had a full storm pitch with a 13 foot tarp, it's hard to imagine that things would have stayed dry. It was amazing to watch the trees whipping back and forth like crazy, just shy of breaking. Even if coverage had been adequate, I would be surprised if a stake didn't pull loose, or a cord snap or the tarp rip under the force of these winds today, even 1/2 mile away from where small tornadoes actually touched down.

    Of course, if you were hanging from ( or tent camped under) one of these many trees that the winds/tornadoes snapped and then carried 20-50 feet through the air, I suppose getting wet would be the least of your worries, eh? I mean, compared to being crushed or impaled by the tree.





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    I would like to say that my 8'x10' DIY tarp would have done the job, but I don't know. That is some pretty stiff wind and rain.
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    Luckily, I have not yet heard of any serious injuries. Boy were our grandchildren ( 6 1/2 and 4 1/2) fascinated by the big storm and it's after math.

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    It's good to see everyone is ok.

    I have a lot of faith in my tarp. I made it through some heavy rains. I think as long as I wouldn't get blown to Oz and could setup perpendicular to the wind I would have been ok.

    Swirling winds have me thinking about end covers on my next tarp.
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    if i get caught out in something like that, it'll be time to go into survival mode.
    find a well protected place to craw into & wrap me & my gear up in the tarp.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    if i get caught out in something like that, it'll be time to go into survival mode.
    find a well protected place to craw into & wrap me & my gear up in the tarp.
    and hope no critters have the same idea
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    People complain about western Wa weather and it is probably not the best in the country BUT AT LEAST IT WON'T KILL ME.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    and hope no critters have the same idea
    exactly
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    I went through quite a storm in my wally world tent once. I couldn't believe it when the rain started coming through the walls! The two of us were holding the walls of the tent to help support it, and I was thinking it might be the end, but somehow we made it. The next day some locals said a tornado had been only about 1/2 mile away from where we were camping. The crazy thing about it was that night had been very clear and beautiful only hours before. Welcome to the outdoors!

    We had a nice thunderstorm that dumped rain on us for a couple of hours tonight here in Kansas. (Not horizontal, though!) I was really getting the itch to go camping. It has been awhile since I have been outside sleeping through a storm. To me, this is what it is all about...

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    Wow, that was some storm. We had one blow through georgia that the news made out to be something like a cyclone, but when it got here it was just rain and some light wind. But for some reason a large healthy tree was blown down this morning in front of my neighborhood, odd??

    Anyhow, I have strong faith in my stock Hennessy hammock expedition tarp to keep me dry in Tornado like conditions
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