First, thanks for all the great info on the site. Been away from backpacking for awhile, and have learned quite a bit by searching the forums (for example, returned the Gregory Baltoro I bought to REI (tags still on), and bought a ULA Catalyst -- it rocks!)
I'll be camping at Bright Angel campground in GCNP for three nights in early Nov. Trying to stay as light as possible, I just bought one of the Hilleberg XP10 tarps for sale in the forum, and plan to use my trekking poles for setup.
My question is about the use of stakes. Is the soil soft enough to use tent stakes? If not, is moving large rocks to tie off to acceptable? GCNP says to stick to LNT, and on the LNT website, they state:
"Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them."
Is it considered unacceptable to move large rocks for a tarp setup, if stakes can't be used? Thanks!