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    Jerry Cagle
    BPL Member

    @xclimber

    Locale: Southwest

    Dumb Question: How are you supposed to use the tent stakes that have a drilled hole with cord threaded and tied into a loop?

    #1456236
    Jeff Jeff
    BPL Member

    @jeffjeff

    I use MSR Groundhogs which have this loop. I only use the cord for pulling them out. The notch on the top of the stake acts like a fish hook if you pull it out by the stake. They can hurt! As an added bonus, they are reflective at night.

    I don't use the loops for guylines or securing the tent/tarp. I just make a loop at the end of the guy line and slide it over the stake until it catches the notch.

    #1459329
    Dennis Park
    BPL Member

    @dpark

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    How about cutting off the loops and use the guy line to remove the spikes. Loop the guyline under the hook and pull!

    #1459330
    Chad Miller
    Member

    @chadnsc

    Locale: Duluth, Minnesota

    FYI

    Often the small loop of cord attached to tent stakes is also highly reflective so you don't step on them.

    I will often use an extra tent stake to pull out other stakes. Of course this only works once you get the first stake out. :)

    #1459332
    Denis Hazlewood
    BPL Member

    @redleader

    Locale: Northern California

    The notches on all my "Y" stakes are not smooth or well rounded. This could form an abrasive edge to fray guy lines. If you don't use the loop provided for the guy line you should probably spend some time with a jeweler's file smoothing up the notches. Ultralight guy line material is expensive. Not to mention potential damage your tarp or tent.

    #1459338
    Mike Clelland
    Member

    @mikeclelland

    Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)

    I love the little string on the stakes! Pre tie them with a short loop of cord, and use 'em like shown in the cartoon below.

    Also – the SLIPPERY-HALF-HITCH is a vital knot for this purpose!

    Sthe string is on the stake is yellowee this link for the SLIPPERY-HALF-HITCH knot:
    http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/ditch_your_stakes.html?forum_thread_id=14736&disable_pagination=1

    #1459416
    Jerry Cagle
    BPL Member

    @xclimber

    Locale: Southwest

    Thanks Mike, That's a thing of true beauty…! Question: Why do you prefer the SHH to a Slippery Taut Line Hitch?

    #1459440
    Mike Clelland
    Member

    @mikeclelland

    Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)

    The Slippery Half Hitch (SHH) is a lot quicker to tie than the Taught Line Hitch (TLH). Also, it uses less string, when tied onto the little cord loop on a tent stake.

    And, it's quicker to un-tie too.

    I'm just used to tying it, it's ingrained in my muscle memory. I can tie it with cold hands, in the dark, etc… (Hmmmm, maybe a BPL video?)

    I use the TLH sometimes, in some applications. They pretty much do the same thing. If you know the TLH, use it! If you don't know the SHH, it's a great simple knot to add to your arsenal.

    There is a nice adjustable ability with the TLH, but I find I rarely use it.

    There's a SHH instructional in the STAKELESS article.

    Also – The SHH is sometimes called a MULE knot.

    #1459485
    Roger Caffin
    BPL Member

    @rcaffin

    Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe

    Be warned: the SHH can easily slip on Spectra and similar synthetic strings. It just runs under load. (Yes, tested.)

    Cheers

    #1459505
    Joe Clement
    BPL Member

    @skinewmexico

    Locale: Southwest

    I have too many years invested in learning the taut line hitch to abandon it on a whim. Where was the SHH when I was a child?

    #1459603
    Mike Clelland
    Member

    @mikeclelland

    Locale: The Tetons (via Idaho)

    A whim?!?!

    You should try the SHH, it's easy! If you can tie the complicated TLH, you can tie the much easier SHH.

    #1459611
    Joe Clement
    BPL Member

    @skinewmexico

    Locale: Southwest

    You don't understand, it's an emotional investment.

    #1459687
    Denis Hazlewood
    BPL Member

    @redleader

    Locale: Northern California

    I used to use the TLH to tie down motorcycles in my pickup. Never lost a bike. I also used that hitch to tie down my sailboat to the trailer. Never lost a boat. Besides tying one while someone watches is way cool.

    #2004757
    Christopher Kuzak
    Member

    @kc

    Reviving an ancient thread here but I just got new MSR Carbon Cores and want to keep the stake loops as light as I can. Other than skipping them altogether, anyone have any recommendations? I like the stuff on Groundhog Minis but don't know where to get it or what it's called.

    #2004920
    Roger Caffin
    BPL Member

    @rcaffin

    Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe

    Spectra, Dyneema, Dacron etc …
    Kite sites and fishing shops.

    Cheers
    PS: Kevlar and Vectran could be more difficult.

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