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Tent stakes best use


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    Liz Black
    BPL Member

    @backpacking4ever

    Seen tent stakes with hole and a small loop of cord on each.  My tent is not self standing and I just loop my guide cord around the stake but many times it just comes off.  How do I use the loops on stakes for better attachment ?

    Tent stake with loops

    #3633110
    Monte Masterson
    BPL Member

    @septimius

    Locale: Changes Often

    The loops are meant for pulling the stakes out of the ground. Gives you something to hold onto. If your guylines are coming off then you may not have enough outward tension, or else the stakes you’re using don’t have a deep enough groove.

    #3633111
    Liz Black
    BPL Member

    @backpacking4ever

    Oh gotcha thanks for that – I will stake further out and At an angle – been having trouble on soft ground and no rocks nearby to keep them on the ground.   I will play with that on my backyard.  Been raining lots and ground is soft now…  thanks for your answer

    #3633125
    Brad Rogers
    BPL Member

    @mocs123

    Locale: Southeast Tennessee

    I can’t see your picture, but it sounds like Monte has solved your problem.  There is an excellent article here on BPL about tent stakes if you search for it.  I generally believe the best holding power is achieved with the stakes driven in the ground at approximately 45* rather than at 90*.   MSR Groundhogs are known to be excellent holding stakes, though they are a bit heavy they are durable and tough.   The 9″ Easton stakes are also great holding stakes, but they have had some reports of the heads (that are epoxy’d on) coming off.  Personally I have never had an issue and have some that I’ve used for a decade and beat the living snot out of them.

     

    #3633127
    Liz Black
    BPL Member

    @backpacking4ever

    :)

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