Aconcagua is known for its extreme winds, and therefore a wind tunnel test was imperative to simulate these conditions and understand the accountability of the structure. The tent was able to sustain wind speeds ranging from 60-80 mph before minor tears occurred. The last test of the day challenged the efficacy of the design with wind speeds up to 122 mph which put the tent in complete failure, blowing out the back door and tearing apart both sides.
The video below records the last test of the day. The numbers being read off are referencing air velocity in feet per minute to an engineer that is reading back the wind speed in miles per hour. This is a rough cut, and the final video will be posted in late march
Photo Source: Andrew McCarthy / Video Source: Andrew McCarthy / Date: 2.2.2012 : 1158 / Location: Ann Arbor, MI