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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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Loc: Idaho
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.

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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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