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    Default Cuben fiber versus 40mph winds

    Weather conditions were very rough last weekend in the northeast with winds topping 40mph all night long. After years of impeccable service, my cuben fiber tarp was done in by a branch blown down by the wind.

    I slept through it all. I woke up when a friend walked by and asked me if I was okay. I opened my eyes and the branch as 4" from my nose.

    The tear is pretty complicated and covers an 11" by 8" area. I'm fairly certain I can slap a $10 zpacks patch on it and it'll be good as new, but of course part of me is a little sad to see this happen in the first place.
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    Lil tape inside and out and it will be fine

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    Yea this material is designed to handle 60-79mph wind - its original service is the spinnaker on racing yachts. You were lucky, keep looking up before pitching!
    Dogs are excellent judges of character, this fact goes a long way toward explaining why some people don't like being around them.

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    More to do with a projectile than the winds.

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    I don't think the winds had much to do with it, rather a stick! "Look up and live" bushwalking advice in Australia where widow makers are common.
    "He was a wise man who invented beer." Plato

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    The great thing about cuben is that it is easy to repair. That had to be about a 1:1000 hit.
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    those trees look like Harriman state park... did i get that right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1azarus View Post
    those trees look like Harriman state park... did i get that right?
    Yep! Brian Memorial Shelter to be exact.

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    i think you caught Bigfoot taking a leak in one of those photos

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    I was at Harriman with some good friends 10/23-25 and it was VERY windy.

    Where a relatively small stick like that will fall in a heavy wind is unpredictable and not an indicator that one was in the path of a widowmaker.

    The morning of the 24th was a lot calmer after about 5 hours of rain overnight. Photo from Island Pond Mtn
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