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#83534 - 11/25/07 10:15 PM what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes?
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I was just curious what everyone uses to hammer in their stakes and is also lightweight? Or do you just look for a rock around your campsite. Thanks.
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#83535 - 11/25/07 10:31 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Cesar]
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I haven't had too many instances where I couldn't just push the stakes in. Even in really rocky ground. But if I have to, I'll use a rock...they're resiliant little suckers.

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#83536 - 11/25/07 11:02 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Cesar]
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Usually they'll just push in with a bit of effort. Otherwise, use a rock. Too big a rock, though, and the stake may bend or break. I actually broke one of those MSR Groundhog stakes that way last summer. Apparently, there was a large rock at the other end of the stake, too.

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#83537 - 11/26/07 07:19 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Cesar]
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Rock. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
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#83538 - 11/26/07 07:35 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Cesar]
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Local rock. Large stick. Both double as "camp trowels" as well. Primarily as a hammock or 'under the stars' camper, stakes rarely make it in the pack.
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#83539 - 11/26/07 09:12 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Niles]
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Hand, or fist.
If not, boot.
If still not, stone or log.
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#83540 - 11/26/07 09:48 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: frenchie]
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Here in the Ozarks you'd need a hammer drill and sledge in most places. Dirt deep enough to push in all the stakes for a tent is pretty rare. I've got buddies that spend lots of time getting their tent in just the right spot so they can use all their stakes and when they're finished their tents look like they're ready for a photo shoot. They all use rocks. I converted mine to a free standing tent.

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#83541 - 11/26/07 09:53 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Cesar]
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Note: When using a rock as a hammer pay careful attention to the placement of you fingers to prevent them coming between the rock and the stake.
Well unless you like dancing around clutching your hand and screaming.

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#83542 - 11/26/07 12:30 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: billstephenson]
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Here in the Ozarks you'd need a hammer drill and sledge in most places.

That's the truth. I usually spend a little time fishing around in the dirt before I find a place where my stake will go most of the way in. I rarely ever put my stakes where I really want them <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />. Anyway, I use rocks when I feel the need to pound anything. There's plenty of them here.

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#83543 - 11/28/07 07:59 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: aroth87]
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I have just resumed camping after a long absence. Out of the 2 camping weekends I have gone to I have not found any rocks large enough to pound a difficult stake in. Luckily the Boyscout tents use the thin metal pegs which are easily pushed in. And both campsites suffered from soil that was way too soft (pegs tended to pull out).

And all the wood was quite rotten or soft, no good for pounding.

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#83544 - 11/28/07 09:19 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: bulrush]
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When you find a good pounding rock you can put it in you pack and take it along with you. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

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#83545 - 11/28/07 09:22 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: GrumpyGord]
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When you find a good pounding rock you can put it in you pack and take it along with you. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />


Can I do the same if I find a good bunch of rocks to make a fire ring? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />
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#83546 - 11/28/07 09:59 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: bulrush]
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Actually, I have several favorite rocks lying around the house. I can airmail them express collect <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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#83547 - 11/28/07 11:38 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: finallyME]
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Taking one rock would be against the leave no trace and taking a whole bunch would really be bad. Maybe you could take them from home.

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#83548 - 11/28/07 12:02 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: GrumpyGord]
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"Maybe you could take them from home."

Maybe for a traditional backpacker. Ultralighters might consider some of the freeze dried or rock mixes on the market to save weight.
http://www.quikrete.com/ProductLines/ConcreteMix.asp
You could set your stakes in your new 'camp-made' rocks, and carry them with you when you move on. Leave no trace, ya know.





<img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> silly me.....i was only kidding about setting stakes in the rocks....they'd be really hard to pull out when you get home.
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#83549 - 11/28/07 08:29 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Dryer]
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Paul:

You wrote:

Local rock. Large stick. Both double as "camp trowels" as well.

Please tell me that if that favorite found stick doubles as both a a hammer and is used in lieu -- or should I say, "in loo" of a hand trowel, that you're not taking it with you on a multi-day hike. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
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#83550 - 11/29/07 09:01 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: GrumpyGord]
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When you find a good pounding rock you can put it in you pack and take it along with you.


That works, but I've improved that technique by putting the rock in my hiking partner's pack. This way you can use a bigger rock and even have a spare on hand if you need one.

Bill

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#83551 - 11/29/07 05:49 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Cesar]
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I start out trying to push the stake in by hand. If that fails, I move the stake a few inches and try again. If I need to use a rock, I rarely use it to pound. I use it to push as much as possible. The rock just saves my hand from bruising by spreading out the pressure point on my hand.

Pounding only seems to work in material that is packed hard together, but not solid, such as close-packed gravel. If your stake has met a solid rock or a big root, pounding it will only bend or break it.

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#83552 - 11/29/07 07:23 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Dryer]
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Ultralighters might consider some of the freeze dried or rock mixes on the market to save weight.


Pah.. All this freeze dried sarbar stuff.. just take some extra fuel for your svea and solder the buggers to the ground.

Don't forget to budget for extra fuel to melt the solder points to take them up in the morning

and for only a little more gas, you won't need to take any of that freezer bag stuff or cozies. just simmer the rocks till they're tender.. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />
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#83553 - 11/29/07 08:05 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Cesar]
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You cannot always get stakes into the ground (shallow rock slabs). So be sure to carry some extra tent cord so you can tie the corner down to a big rock or log. I just leave about 3 feet of thin tent cord tied to each corner. I also manage to loose at least one tent peg each long trip so it is wise to practice setting up the tent with fewer stakes! With a bit of creativity, I have always managed.

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#83554 - 12/03/07 10:37 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Cesar]
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I was just curious what everyone uses to hammer in their stakes and is also lightweight? Or do you just look for a rock around your campsite. Thanks.


Your backpacking companion's new Titanium mug, 'cause, heck, they're supposed to be built tougher than nails <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
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#83555 - 12/03/07 10:47 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Earthling]
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Oh, in a serious note <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" /> you can place tent pegs as you would a golf tee and pushing it gently into the ground with your palm. If you meet resistance, rock, ledge, etc; then remove and try a few inches in another direction. Now if you're trying to place stakes in known hardpack then carry one of the large Ti stakes that look like a nail and make the hole with that then use your tent stake. I was in a hardware store the other day and saw some HUGE nail spikes on the order of 60D <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" /> like 10" long and 1/4" diameter! All the way down to 16 penny nails which in my youth I thought were for Paul Bunyan's cabin <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

When using a rock or tool to load stakes be careful to be out of the line of strike so as not to recieve the 'blow back' if the tool richocets <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" /> and or chips <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" /> a rock chip in the eye can be serious <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" /> and a hatchet blade in the forehead is, well, a hillbilly libodomy <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
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#83556 - 12/03/07 07:26 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Earthling]
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a hatchet blade in the forehead is, well, a hillbilly libidomy <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />


Libidomy? No no Earthling - I don't think it's the forehead for that <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />
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#83557 - 12/03/07 07:35 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: phat]
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I guess it depends on where you think the brains lie?

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#83558 - 12/04/07 10:33 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: midnightsun03]
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I figured a few of you would catch the humor in that <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" /> Especially the one's that need to laugh most like MNS <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> You work too much!
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#83559 - 01/09/08 09:10 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Earthling]
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Aluminum gutter nails are good to start your stake holes. They come is bags with the furrel that goes in the top of the rain gutter to space it apart. You can also use them for stakes.
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#83560 - 01/09/08 03:42 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Cesar]
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I use a rock if I have to pound them in. Just makes it so there is one less thing i have to carry.
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#83561 - 01/09/08 03:59 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: MattnID]
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I prefer the Gerber back paxe axe. It weighs 17 oz and works well. I saw my bp'ing buddy using a rock and slipped of the stake hitting the tent. Lucky for me it did not tear the tent.
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#83562 - 01/10/08 10:17 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Gary_N9ZYE]
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That's pretty heavy just to pound in tent stakes (I know, you mayy use it for other things, but this is a lightweight backpacking site). And where would your tent be if your buddy had slipped using an axe to pound in tent stakes?

Rocks have always worked for me.
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#83563 - 01/10/08 04:47 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Earthling]
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#83564 - 01/10/08 05:29 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Jimshaw]
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Ahahaha, that made me laugh quite hard in real life.

I hope you get the stake stuck and end up looking like a unicorn! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
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#83565 - 01/11/08 02:38 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Xelif]
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Thats why I always wear a hat.
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#83566 - 01/11/08 02:52 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Jimshaw]
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Be realistic. I use my hiking partners sledge hammer. Before each trip I give him a list of the 'essential' tools.....shedge, chain saw, cordless drill, sawzall, generator.... <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
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#83567 - 01/11/08 03:57 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Cesar]
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I never leave home without one of these. It's not nearly as heavy as it looks. The struts are carbon fiber and the whole thing fits into a 4"x9" silnylon stuff sack. Works great on everything from Easton aluminum to Ti needles. For lightweight fastpacking I cut the crew back to 3 or 4.


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#83568 - 01/11/08 04:50 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Trailrunner]
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Isn't that one o'them military hammers? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />
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#83569 - 01/13/08 03:57 PM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: Cesar]
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Using short lengths of guy line may allow for changing your placement. I almost never beat them in because that could make them hard to retrieve. I use short lengths of guy line and start poking holes until the stake goes in. Then I use a knot, or here recently I have been using line tightners, and pull her tight. If i just can't get the stake in, I find a log, rock or combination of both to tie to. Here is yesterdays setup. Note the log to the right. Actually I tied to the trees around there as well.


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#83570 - 01/14/08 07:34 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: hootyhoo]
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I like your tarp setup. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" /> Do you even need the pole, or does it provide horizontal stability?
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#83571 - 01/16/08 06:35 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: hootyhoo]
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That's a great setup hootyhoo. It seems like a fairly easy way to retrieve your spikes and eliminate extra effort on packing up your tent.
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#83572 - 01/24/08 09:07 AM Re: what do you use to hammer in your tent stakes? [Re: layla17]
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I use my pet rock.

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