> I could hear my Ti stakes ping against rocks after they took flight.
Rick... this put a smile on my face because several years ago I heard the same thing. At the time I was unhappy, but now it's a funny memory. I over compensated I carried Y stakes (with extras) for a bit.
Ben... the Big Sky stakes look interesting, thanks for bringing them to our attention. For a bit I tried the Vargo Ti Snow stakes which had good holding power but were also prone to bend when the ground was really hard. Duh... meant to push into SNOW, not hardpack. Those look like they would work as stakes, and maybe also digging small cat holes.