Strong tent stake....just one for a hexamid
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christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Strong tent stake....just one for a hexamid on 05/27/2014 23:29:43 MDT Print View

Having a hard time searching for this on older posts.
I'm looking for 1 strong tent stake for my hexamid. Ya know, the one in the front that takes all the weight.
What do you guys use?
I spend most time in the sierras if that helps.

Charles P
(mediauras)

Locale: Terra
Re: Strong tent stake....just one for a hexamid on 05/27/2014 23:53:44 MDT Print View

MSR Groundhog. Can't go wrong.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
YEP, whut Chuck sed on 05/28/2014 00:51:06 MDT Print View

MSR Ground Hog.

If'n yer really paranoid try an SMC snow stake or pointed snow anchor used for belays.

Matt Weaver
(norcalweaver) - F

Locale: PacNW
Re: Strong tent stake....just one for a hexamid on 05/28/2014 07:16:47 MDT Print View

I just use a standard shepard's hook stake. If the ground is a little dodgy, I put a big rock on it. Never had any problems.

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: Strong tent stake....just one for a hexamid on 05/28/2014 07:20:27 MDT Print View

I use Groundhogs too but have had good results with a ti shepard hook with a rock on top in a pinch like someone else said.

Adam

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Re: Strong tent stake....just one for a hexamid on 05/28/2014 07:32:59 MDT Print View

Groundhogs scored the best in 2008.

Tent Stake Holding Power: Comparative Evaluation of Various Designs and Lengths

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Re: Strong tent stake....just one for a hexamid on 05/28/2014 07:52:41 MDT Print View

"I just use a standard shepard's hook stake. If the ground is a little dodgy, I put a big rock on it. Never had any problems."

This is what I do

Aaron Davis
(ardavis324) - F
groundhog on 05/28/2014 08:11:27 MDT Print View

I use a groundhog for the front center of my Hexamid. Then i use a mix of mini groundhogs and Ti hooks at the other points. Has worked well.

Bily Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
rocks on 05/28/2014 08:42:01 MDT Print View

I never use stakes. I use rocks in the Sierra.Saves carrying the weight of stakes.
Billy

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Thanks! on 05/28/2014 12:14:56 MDT Print View

Thanks guys.
I'll probably get myself a groundhog.
But out of curiousity...can the smc snow stakes penetrate hard dirt?

Sean Nordeen
(Miner) - F - M

Locale: SoCAL
Strong tent stake....just one for a hexamid on 05/28/2014 13:03:57 MDT Print View

Normally use just a standard titanium stake. I've done the rock on top of the stake in strong winds. I do carry a small titanium snow stake I got from Zpacks just in case I need something with more grab and there isn't a large rock laying around or if I'm in sand, but I've never needed to use it.

Edited by Miner on 05/29/2014 11:18:00 MDT.

Barry P
(BarryP) - F

Locale: Eastern Idaho (moved from Midwest)
Re: Thanks! on 05/28/2014 13:12:32 MDT Print View

Ground hog stakes --- ouch. It’s easier to push in titanium stakes. And Lawson stakes hold nice.
“But out of curiousity...can the smc snow stakes penetrate hard dirt?”
Nope. Shepherd hook stakes are the easiest for mountain soil.

-Barry
-The mountains were made for tevas.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Thanks! on 05/28/2014 13:35:32 MDT Print View

"can the smc snow stakes penetrate hard dirt?"

It depends. How hard is the dirt?

I start with an ordinary SMC snow stake (about 1.1 oz) and grind down the pointy end a little to give it a sharper edge. The metal is strong enough that it can be pounded down, but that depends on how heavy your sledge hammer is.

--B.G.--

jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
"Strong tent stake....just one for a hexamid" on 05/28/2014 13:46:12 MDT Print View

I had the slightly unnerving experience of discovering that the front cord which came with my Hexmid was frayed from using the mitten hook attachment for the beak. This, as I was setting up in the wind and rain. So now I'm substituting stronger cord. Because, yeah, if this cord/stake fails, the whole tent comes down.

I don't like mitten hooks!

Brandon =Þ
(Beeen) - MLife

Locale: California
Re: Thanks! on 05/28/2014 13:50:48 MDT Print View

I use one SMC snow stake with a Gatewood Cape (it is also what I carry as a "cat trowel"). It can be a little difficult to penetrate hard dirt, but it also has a nice area on top to hammer on. It hasn't ever been a problem getting it set, sometimes I might have to move it a few inches to find dirt it will go into.

By the way, I've not experienced any adverse conditions to test how well it holds in dirt. However, it does seem to stand up well to me tripping on the line in the middle of the night.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Thanks! on 05/28/2014 13:54:46 MDT Print View

"However, it does seem to stand up well to me tripping on the line in the middle of the night."

I solved that problem. I take the dull end of a snow stake and dip it in glow-in-the-dark paint. Assuming that the shelter is erected before sunset, the paint will absorb some sunlight and then it will glow faintly at night. Similarly, there is glow-in-the-dark cord.

--B.G.--

Chad Poindexter
(Stick) - F

Locale: Wet & Humid Southeast....
Re: Strong tent stake....just one for a hexamid on 05/28/2014 14:39:02 MDT Print View

As others have said, I also use Lawson's ti hook stakes and they have worked quite well. However, about a year and a half ago now, I decided to start carrying 2 slightly larger diameter stakes for a little better holding power. I like the MSR Carbon Core stakes pretty well, although, for the price, I find it hard to recommend them... I picked mine up with a dividend balance and the 20% off discount.

I also have some of the Sorex stakes from Ruta Locura, and while I don't have the use with them like the MSR's or Lawson's ti hook stakes, I do like them...

Also, take note that both the front and middle back tie out are taking a huge amount of the load on this tent, not just the front stake. If you are concerned with this, I would suggest to carry 2 larger stakes and use them at the front and back, then pin the rest of the tie outs down with some ti hook stakes.

Brandon =Þ
(Beeen) - MLife

Locale: California
Re: Re: Re: Thanks! on 05/28/2014 14:46:32 MDT Print View

"I solved that problem. I take the dull end of a snow stake and dip it in glow-in-the-dark paint"

I like that idea, and going to try it. I just hope I don't get carried away, and start painting other gear with it.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Re: Thanks! on 05/28/2014 15:32:25 MDT Print View

"I just hope I don't get carried away, and start painting other gear with it."

Let strontium aluminate be your friend.

Anything that I might need to find at night, I prepare by painting it with a bit of glow-in-the-dark paint, or else sticking it with glow-in-the-dark tape. That includes headlamp, shelter stakes and poles, water bottle top, sleeping bag zipper pull, etc.

The glow is pretty feeble, but if my eyes are adjusted to night, I can see the glow.

--B.G.--

Susan D
(susand) - M

Locale: montana
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Thanks! on 05/28/2014 16:57:01 MDT Print View

Where can you buy glow-in-the-dark paint? Does it stick well, or do you need to frequently repaint stakes?