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    I was where you were a year or so ago. However, I've recently switched back to MSR stakes over hooks. I may still use the hooks in some situations, but I've had difficulty with them enough that I rest easier knowing that I can depend on the stakes.

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    I used Lawson Ti SH’s for several years exclusively but primarily use those for doors and take a couple for backup now. I switched to the V stakes like the ones Amok includes. I have ground hawks and Ti stakes the smurfs sell but I like how compact the stakes pack. The smalls are .4 oz. ea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wmt90 View Post
    How do the groundhog minis work? I've been wondering.
    I have no problems with them.

    I added reflective micro cord tethers to all of my stakes.. About six inches long. Easier to pull the stakes and really easy to see. On the Ti hooks I used bright heat shrink tubing at the hook and captured the micro cord inside so it is secure. Pretty much permanent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MikekiM View Post
    On the Ti hooks I used bright heat shrink tubing at the hook and captured the micro cord inside so it is secure. Pretty much permanent..
    I'd be interested in seeing how this looks if you have a picture of one.

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    Tarp Stakes

    Here's one of the first Ti stakes I did as described... Later switched to Orange and yellow heat shrink once I confirmed it worked.




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    Quote Originally Posted by MikekiM View Post
    Here's one of the first Ti stakes I did as described... Later switched to Orange and yellow heat shrink once I confirmed it worked.




    Sent from somewhere east of Montauk...
    That’s a great idea!


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    I used Lawson's Ti Shepherd hooks for a year or so and really like them in the right soil conditions. I've had them come out in real loose soil and I hate having to get up in the middle of the night to re-anchor my tarp.

    That being said, I used Lawson's Apex stakes for the first time on my recent week long trip to the Boundary Waters. On my last night in the BWCA, a thunderstorm rolled in. My tarp stakes weren't anchored real deep because I was camping on a thin layer of sandy soil that covered the solid rock ground. I recall I could only anchor one of the stakes 1/4 of the way into the ground and the rest were driven in about 1/2 way. Anyway, the wind really whipped my tarp around that night but none of my stakes came loose at all. I was pretty impressed with the Apex stakes' performance and they're my go to stakes from now on.

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    I use mini groundhogs, had too many issues with the shepherds hook stakes coming out. Also got annoying trying to find rocks/branches to put on top of them on certain trails. I will sometimes carry 1-2 normal sized groundhogs if I know I'll be in particularly bad area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somniferous View Post
    I use mini groundhogs, had too many issues with the shepherds hook stakes coming out. Also got annoying trying to find rocks/branches to put on top of them on certain trails. I will sometimes carry 1-2 normal sized groundhogs if I know I'll be in particularly bad area.

    Agree with this ^^^

    I use the shepherd hooks for tarp doors.. not much more. The mini-ground hogs seem to tackle anything I come across in the NE.. if there is an issue, two stakes in series at that corner will usually solve it or a rock.
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