May 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm #1303388
Have someone of you ever used bamboo china sticks (yes, that fond in china restaurant…) as tent pegs?
They seem perfect: they are really solid (N times more solid than a wood stick), and are extremely lightweight: an entire sticks is 6 grams, but it is little too long; a trimmed-down sticks could only be 3-4 grams!
And you can get them for free…if you sometime does eat china foods ;-)
Have someone already tried them?May 25, 2013 at 4:47 pm #1989720
todd harperBPL Member
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
I haven't tried them, but the topic does get discussed from time to time. I don't recall hearing of someone using them on the trail, though.
Let us know if you try them. My only advice is to bring backups!
ToddMay 25, 2013 at 11:55 pm #1989804
Using "search" (on BPL and on google) I've found people using bamboo for tent poles, but nobody using it for tent pegs.
Yes, obviously first times I'll take with me some backups! ;-)May 28, 2013 at 12:09 pm #1990447
Someone already tried them:
Look from minute 2:00 to minute 2:30…Jun 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm #1996702
Ok, at the end I "built" them:
At the left two "original" china stick, at the right two tent pegs made from them.
To get them stronger, I've taken away the original tip and I've made a blunter one.
The hook for tent wire is made with a cable tie.
Each peg weights 4.5 grams… I've tried them on hard terrain, and they seems to work well (only with just a little attention when hammering them)Jun 14, 2013 at 7:49 pm #1996794
Franco DarioliBPL Member
I have used them in my backyard but would not use them in the bush.
Never really tested this but I would imagine that anything a bit more than mild wind could snap them, particularly on rocky ground.Jun 14, 2013 at 9:09 pm #1996814
Stephen MBPL Member
@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
Are China sticks Chopsticks?
If so what keeps your guylines from slipping?Jun 15, 2013 at 12:50 am #1996843
Yes, "china sticks" are chopsticks, sorry for my engligh ;-)
Cable tie prevents guylines from slipping (look at the right side of my photo)
Before securing the cable tie I slightly beveled the stick only in that place, to prevent the cable tie from slipping.
The chopstick is planted until the cable tie nearly reaches the ground: guiline ends so close to the ground that even strong tensions on the guiline can't flex enough the chopsticks to break it.
I was impressed by how much more solid are chopsticks than a same diameter wood sticks; I now understood why in China scaffolding are made of bamboo: http://goo.gl/qsaaK ;-)
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