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Tired of crappy stakes, any suggestions?
« on: November 18, 2010, 03:25:03 PM »
I tried so many different stakes (or pegs) and I always end up to get them bend or broken, which is really annoying. It would be nice if any of you can recommend some stakes that perform well on hard rocky ground. Also if anyone has a tip for what they use to replace the 5lb hammer beside the big rocks laying around, it would be cool too (I thought maybe someone came up with the idea of some kind of hammer that you fill up with something like sand, water or whatever)

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Re: Tired of crappy stakes, any suggestions?
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2010, 12:21:31 PM »

If you want to spend the big buck, you can got to titanium stakes.

If not, look for aluminum 6061-T6 stakes.  I have not ideas about portable hammers.

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Re: Tired of crappy stakes, suggestions?
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2010, 05:49:01 PM »

For decent all purpose stakes I suggest  8 inch steel stakes from Wal-Mart.  Heavy but really cheap.

Yeah, I know, no one but me will carry them because they are too heavy. 

If traveling through the Land of Rocks, pick up a 4-pack for about $2 and toss them after  you have traveled through.  Not having your rain-fly or tarp come loose in a rain storm or strong Arizona wind is worth the weight.

If rocks make it too difficult to push in the stakes with your hand or foot, then there have to be rocks available for pounding - there is never a need to carry a hammer.

Okay, here's a real tip, tried, tested, and swore by; and no hammer needed, works everywhere.

Always carry a bunch of plastic bags like those from Wal-mart; replaceable, compact and super light weight. 

When needed, fill them with rocks or sand or dirt or water bottles, cans of food, tools or whatever. 

Tie your ropes to the handles, they never tear out.   

Surprising, even with some sliding, a loaded bag will work as good as any stake; when expecting a real storm, once in place, cover the bags with sand or rocks.

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