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?
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="" />
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.
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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