lol, better than a hitch on back of truck to shin, I suppose. I actually ordered the 8 man tipi pole, which is suppose to be more stout than the RC pole. I also got info on carrying a small piece or two of Alumn angle and some small hose clamps for those really really bad nights/days. I should've done a few things different for sure- all my fault here. But, never again, it was a miserable 2 hrs.I was told the CF pole is sturdy but not unbreakable. My Redcliff center pole strikes me as being not particularly stout and always had some flex/bend in it when the tipi shell was tight. An aluminum pole is quite a bit stronger I'm told.
And yes...guy-outs are mandatory to survive big hard winds and wet heavy snow. Just mark them somehow and be SURE you don't trip over them. They will put you on your face with injuries.