/ Adding guy-lines to a tent
I have a Husky Fighter tent - I just got back from the 2nd expedition using it. Despite being pretty strong, it's one main flaw is that because it only has two guy lines it is very hard to tension the fly so it flaps around and deforms to the wind. It wouldn't be cost effective to pay someone to add guy lines to the fly, but in theory I could add guy lines to the crossover points of the poles. Has anyone tried this?
Use a pebble on the inside of the fly where you want an attachment point and larks foot some cord from the outside over the pebble, easy once you’ve seen it done
Intrigued but bewildered, please expand
you can use a small pebble, a pound coin or anything that sort of size and that doesn’t have sharp edges that may damage the tent fabric. Get you guy cord ready by starting a larks foot, hangman’s noose or similar type of strangulation knot. decide where you want the extra guy fixing point, hold you pebble/coin object against that point on the inside of the tent. With other hand, use your larks foot knot to loop over the object and fabric together from the outside of the tent. keep taught and peg out the other end of the guy. It’s simple once you’ve done it.
In my wilder days i’ve bivvyed under a shower curtain tarp, walking poles for the high end and guys using this method
With arctic storm forces I can see that ripping pretty quick.. :/
The Hilleberg Tarra / Saitaris tents (of which this tent series seems to be a copy) have guy lines fixed to the seams that wrap around the crossover points.
For overall structural stability, simply looping guy lines around the pole crossover points should do the job (maybe around one pole first, then around both to pull the poles together).
Having the guy lines attached to the seams is of course more convenient, and works like an additional fly clip. Don't think that this makes a noticeable difference when comparing the overall stability of these tents.
PS: I have a Tarra, and really like the crossover guy lines. Once these are tightened the tent goes from bomb proof to whatever comes next.
You can use a similar trick with a hex and a sling to attach to an anchor through a sleeping bag during precarious bivvies. I don't know anyone who has actually done it though.
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