Wow, this is awesome. Thanks to all contributors. I use waking poles/sticks. I prefer the BD z poles in 110cm. I don't like telescoping poles! BD also make a somewhat adjustable version of the z pole. There is a 85 to 110cm and a 110-125cm. Any feelings on what stick height would be most useful/versatile with the ID Siltarp 1 or similar 5x8 tarp? I am thinking the longer length. Could I get a way with just the 110cm?
How much cord to you usually take? How many stakes? I realize that this depends on terrain, weather, etc. But say for an early september two week walk in the Alps or Pyrenees following a GR route OR perhaps, a two week walk of the JMT in early September.