Post by StormyPinkness on Apr 25, 2012 10:37:24 GMT -8
Last year we lost our canopy and so did Gunther. We actually were doing ok at first because when it started getting kind of gusty and we knew that others were breaking we just lowered it down to the lowest notch and so the wind was not catching in the fabric and making it like a sail. Then we thought the wind was fine and walked over to drink with Gunther and Gibbons without lowering it and a few minutes later we went back and it had been pulled out of the ground by the wind and the poles were all fucked. I think lowering it is a good thing to do, and if you can you could take the fabric part off which will solve the issue. That would be kind of a pain, though, so I don't know. I thought the bungees were a good idea in theory but have never used in practice.
Post by The Log Lady on Apr 25, 2012 11:19:36 GMT -8
Hmm, thanks everyone! I was hoping taking it down wouldn't be necessary each time, but I'd rather play it safe. While it's kind of a pain, it's incredibly worth it. Waking up each morning in our sweltering tent with no shelter from the sun last year got old after just the first night. I'm looking forward to kicking back in the shade with some cold beers this time around. Shit why can't it be the end of May already.
From my experience in the very windy lower gorge, using lots of tie downs and using bungies as shock absorbers kept my scene from blowing over. Mine cannot be lowered but after the shock cording I only had my chairs blowing away, until I nailed them down.
Post by Horned Gramma on Apr 25, 2012 11:35:47 GMT -8
If my canopy broke every year, then I would buy a new canopy every year. They're usually on sale right around Memorial day, and it probably won't run you more than a hundo. Probably less.
Case in point, we're going to buy a new canopy this weekend. Seriously though, I've seen a lot of canopies consumed by the angry wind gods of the Gorge, but I've never seen one get as fucked up as ours did last year. It was like it had been turned inside out.
Post by The Log Lady on Apr 25, 2012 11:44:05 GMT -8
Ugggh, that's shitty to hear, especially since part of what I was looking forward to was strategically placing our canopy near the tent in a way that it will help block *some* of the early morning sun that roasted us as we tried to sleep last year. Guess I'll just be waking up early to put up the canopy before we head into the festival.
I wouldn't worry about it quite that much. The early morning was not when the wind was. This was more early to late afternoon.
Haha that's when the windstorm happened during Coachella. The grounds' crew came through and hauled away all of the broken and toppled canopies, and there were plenty of confused campers upon returning to their campsites that night. Thankfully some of our friends were around to help get our site sorted out and to warn us about what had happened before we got back.