In Alesjaure I woke up one morning at 6am because the tent was blowing away even though I was still in it. During the night it had blown up quite a lot in comparison to the evening before, it was still, quiet and calm before I crawled into my bag. Little could I imagine how big the difference would be the next morning. I woke up in the tent from the sound of the hard wind and moved all my packing from the porch into the inner tent so there would be a weight that held the tent while I went out to see how the tent was fixed.
In the video I had just woken up and go out to check the situation. We had set up the big tent on a hill, because it was a wonderful view from that place. Now afterwards, of course, we would have chosen a more sheltered place behind some of the nearby cliffs or mountain huts to at least be a little protected from the wind. It was a lesson. We went out and put large stones on the tent pins and anchored the storm lines in extra hard. The biggest risk with such mountain weather is that the tent pins give way and not least that there is a risk that the tent blows away completely.
Tips for you to remember:
1. Protect the tent from strong winds. If there is a lot of wind, it is good to have already set up the storm lines on the tent and firmly anchored them. Make sure the tent pegs are firmly attached to the ground.
2. Do not put up the tent in a ditch where water collections can be formed.
3. A little wind increases ventilation in the tent, reduces condensation on the inside of the canvas and keeps the mosquitoes away.
TIP: Practice putting up the tent at home before heading out into the mountain terrain and practise packing it up without releasing the tent from the ground pegs. In a situation like this, the tent would fly all the way to the other side of the world if you didn’t have an anchor point on the tent. Perhaps one can use a carabiner to lock it into a trouser hanger or attach a storm line around one hand. All the ways that work are good.