jeni99 wrote:I have read somewhere that in high winds you should throw some rope over the top of the tarp from corner to corner to help brace it.
Jeni, throwing a rope over is not a bad idea, but you would throw it over the centre sides, not from corner as the corners are the places that are already braced the most with double corner ropes. The centre sides are the most vulnerable areas where the wind can get under.
I also can't stress enough the need for tensioners (preferably timber) and springs......
Also the best tarps for high winds and being able to secure are the ones with D rings….yes a bit more expensive but worth it in the long run if it gives you peace of mind.
I have said it before and I'll say it again....one of the best things to do is drop the side facing the wind as far down as you can get it and it will help deflect the oncoming winds....same principle as wind deflectors on top of the big trucks you see running interstate.
If you introduce a RIDGE pole (very different to a spreader bar) then you will need some way of anchoring it to the ground as the wind can still get under the tarp and lift the whole lot up including the centre pole and ridge pole and that can then become a very dangerous situation…….Again dropping a side will decreases the chances of this happening.
With a RIDGE pole you can only successfully drop the sides not the front and back where the ridge pole is running to and from. This can present a problem if you have for example set up facing the beach with the ridge pole running from the beach front to the back of your camp as the chances are the wind will most probably come from that direction.
I used to camp at the beach for 1 month every year over Xmas – New Year for many years in a tent with a very large tarp….ask me why I stopped camping at the beach??