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Dan Johnson

Locale: PNW
Cheap, light tent stakes? on 01/29/2012 17:03:52 MST Print View

So my MYOG tarp is almost complete, but all I have are some old heavy stakes that I'd love to replace with something lighter. Is anyone out there using something light weight and cheap (if not free) that works? Once I get the stakes I can finally pitch my tarp! I was thinking of using a metal clothes hanger and cutting it up to make a stakes or two but I worried about their strength and they seem to bend pretty easily. Any ideas?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Cheap, light tent stakes? on 01/29/2012 17:26:54 MST Print View

As a test, I made some stakes out of ordinary clothes hanger wire. They are better than nothing, but they don't hold very good and they will get bent easily.

Standard titanium shepherd's stakes work the best for me on the soil that I run into here in California, so I normally carry about eight of them for my shelter. I also carry one SMC snow stake, the curved aluminum type, but it sees more use as a trowel.

You have to test your soil and then decide if you need something that you can simply push into the soil with your hands, or whether you need something massive enough that you will drive it in by pounding it with a rock.


James Wall
(jimmyjam) - F

Locale: Mid Atlantic
Re: Re: Cheap, light tent stakes? on 01/29/2012 17:45:42 MST Print View

I use aluminum gutter spikes with a hole drilled just under the head with a short loop of chord tied on to make pulling them out easy. Home Depot sell them in a pack of 10. Not as light as titanium, but cheap.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Cheap, light tent stakes? on 01/29/2012 17:55:19 MST Print View

Vick Hines coat hanger stakes.

Jon Denham
(jmden) - F
REI Tri-Stake on 01/29/2012 22:38:26 MST Print View

14.69g/.519 oz. on my scale.

Only a $1 each and 7075 Al. As a combination of durability, holding power, price and weight, these are hard to beat.

Edited by jmden on 01/29/2012 22:59:12 MST.

Chase Norton
(Micronorton) - F
oh stakes on 01/30/2012 01:52:12 MST Print View

bob hit on it. you really need to determine what is suitable for your environment.

I will say this generally:

Ti Shepherd for mid-hard ground under mild-mid wind conditions

MSR Groundhogs for soft soil under heavy wind conditions

Sno stake for snow/liquid mud crap under heavy wind

Base your decision on the hardness of your soil and the intensity of your winds


Edited by Micronorton on 01/30/2012 01:54:58 MST.

j lan
(justaddfuel) - F

Locale: MN
Re: Cheap, light tent stakes? on 01/30/2012 06:47:05 MST Print View


Chase Norton
(Micronorton) - F
Re: Re: Cheap, light tent stakes? on 01/30/2012 15:55:52 MST Print View

hmmm, I wonder how chopsticks would hold up if you put heat shrink over them.....

Marc Eldridge
(meld) - MLife

Locale: The here and now.
Re: Cheap light tent stakes on 01/30/2012 16:04:16 MST Print View

I use 10" bamboo chopsticks. So far so good.

Sam Jones

Locale: London, UK
Chop stakes on 01/30/2012 16:26:33 MST Print View

Dual use I assume? Does the tarp hold up ok during dinner?