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DANIEL LIM
(girotrekker)

Locale: Northern California
MYOG Boy Scout Snow Anchors on 02/23/2011 17:31:58 MST Print View

I'm thinking to make these Boy Scout snow anchors
http://www.gec-bsa.org/program/training/adulttraining/highadventure/articles/snowdeadmen
Pretty smart. Anyone made these and would they be good enough, should be better than grocery bags, right? I'm going to use it on a Golite Shangri-la 3, so I need to be confident that it would work and must be light as possible.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: MYOG Boy Scout Snow Anchors on 02/23/2011 17:41:41 MST Print View

I didn't check out your link, but I think using Boy Scouts as anchors is probably against the rules.

Curtis B.
(rutilate) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: MYOG Boy Scout Snow Anchors on 02/23/2011 22:23:33 MST Print View

Those are a pretty cool idea. If your goal is ultralight, then grocery sacks are going to be lighter than any fabric, bucket fragment, or stake out there. Remember Occam's razor? In this case your simplest idea is actually the cheapest and most effective.

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: MYOG Boy Scout Snow Anchors on 02/23/2011 22:43:21 MST Print View

Should be fine. Just remember that you won't be able to set them up tight until the snow firms up. So make sure that you have an adjustable length of rope on them.

DANIEL LIM
(girotrekker)

Locale: Northern California
plastic becomes brittle in the cold? on 02/24/2011 14:43:52 MST Print View

I really like the idea of grocery bags, but I'm afraid if there is a strong wind, the guyline would pull away from the bag. As to the plastic anchors, would it become brittle and break in the cold?

tkkn c
(tkknc) - MLife

Locale: Desert Rat in the Southwest
MYOG Boy Scout Snow Anchors on 02/24/2011 18:40:44 MST Print View

I had our Scouts bring some sticks for deadmen. Then, I did not have to worry about the Scouts leaving bags or plastic stakes in the snow. After the snow firms up, the Scouts will not remove the bags or plastic stakes (a few of the Scouts they will leave them in the snow). Then they will wonder why they do not have stakes at the next campout/backpacking trip.